“Merit Pay,” Taylor Wucinich (2011) — Inquiry 4

For this fourth inquiry, I composed two public service announcement (PSA) scripts, concerning teacher merit pay. In my first PSA a woman, playing the role of a mother, was speaking to an audience of parents about the risks and potential harm of merit pay for …

“The Pepsi Generation,” Nikki Resor (2011) — Inquiry 2

Writer’s Reflection The advertisement I chose to rhetorically analyze was a Pepsi commercial that was aired in 2006 during the Super Bowl. This commercial features Britney Spears as an icon in past generations; each scene involves the refreshing goodness of Pepsi and how young people …

“Skype,” Ashley Tway (2011) — Inquiry 1

My alarm starts to beep and I roll over to look at my clock. Five-thirty in the morning. I immediately jolt out of bed and a smile spreads across my face. I quickly glance out my window to notice the sun barely beginning to creep …

Food for Thought by Chace Turner

In past years, working in a food service business has had its perks.  Most businesses would give employees a free or discounted meal after they worked or on their break.  But with the economy on a downward slope, businesses are now trying to cut budgets …

Adidas: Support Your Country, Buy Our Clothes by Adam Ellis

Writer’s Reflection Advertisements are cross-cultural artifacts that we take for granted in society and never usually spend time to understand. Everywhere we look and everywhere we go there are always ads. Companies spend millions of dollars each year on advertisements, hoping that consumers will purchase …

It’s Difficult to Change Your Image by Leah Hastedt

Writer’s Reflection With this paper, I had an easier time writing it. I like being able to look at something like an advertisement and analyzing it, putting my own interpretation into it. The ethnography essay allowed me to do all this, but it’s hard to …

A Community in Trouble by Erin Cox

Tommy Marzella writes “Miami Community Must be More Inclusive, Respectful” to the Miami University and surrounding community, which have been known not to be diverse or accepting of the little diversity the campus has. He also writes to an audience of students that normally have …