TED Talk Notes

Non-verbal communication-body language

  • People make sweeping judgments based on body language
  • We are affected by our own body language
  • We tend to do the opposite of someone’s body language, not mirror them
  • Gender affects body language (women chronically feel less powerful than men)?
  • Do our non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves?

Rhetorical Techniques

  • Has the audience participate right away, makes the argument about us (personal)
  • Uses relevant figures for visuals (considers the order just so there is no implication of a sequence)
  • she considers her own body language
  • “you” is intentional, names names–builds her ethos
  • anecdotal evidence that shouldn’t be persuasive but is rhetorically
  • barely any words used in her own presentation, mostly visuals and then her additional own statements
  • she was just talking to us, knew what she was saying (Five Canons: Memory)

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General Topics Exercise (with Danielle Pines)

Anything done with premeditation and care is greater (better or worse) than anything done accidentally or out of necessity.

  • Premeditated murder is greater (worse) than murder done by accident or out of necessity.
  • Random acts of kindness are greater (better) than premeditated acts of kindness.

What is scarcer is preferable to what is more abundant if value is the issue. 

  • Fresh water is preferable to salt water.
  •  Sick people are more preferable to doctors than healthy people.

People prefer newer things to older things.

  • Smart phones are more preferable than a landline.
  • Nostalgic items are more preferable to newer items. (better because older? scarcer? more expensive?
  • Primary sources are more preferable than secondary sources. (not necessarily copies)

Original is preferable to a copy. 

  • Primary sources are more preferable than secondary sources.
  • Mutation strand of disease is more preferable than original disease for vaccinations. (conditions ok? not general anymore?)

A preference for fine things is better than a preference for common or cheap things. 

  • Sit down restaurant is better than fast food.

….Fast food is better than sit down restaurant (The immediate is preferable to the delayed.) 

In-class Practice of a Dialectic Conversation (with Danielle Pines)

Dialectic Conversation on “It’s better to rich than famous.”

E: Do you think it is better to be rich than famous?

D: It is better to be rich than famous.

E: Why do you think so?

D: It is better to be rich than famous because wealth alone does not involve the opinion of others.

E: Do you believe that there is more than one definition for wealth?

D: Yes. Wealth can involve love, money, family, passions, or anything that fulfills you.

E: So you believe that wealth can mean more than just “rich?”

D: Yes.

E: What do you define rich as then?

D: Being rich involves many aspects of life that are not necessarily as invasive as fame.

E: But you believe wealth and richness are similar or synonymous?

D: They are similar in the sense that richness can refer to an excessive quantity of money while wealth can be an emotional quantity.

E: So they are synonymous in the sense that both involve vast quantities of something? Like money perhaps?

D: Essentially.

E: And before we said wealth could involve any number of things like love and family or passion?

D: Yes, wealth and richness can refer to both.

E: Do you think fame is a kind of wealth?

D: Well, no. Because fame refers to popularity in the public eye.

E: Would you agree that being famous or “popular in the public eye” involves an excess amount of people who know about you?

D: Yes, it involves an excess amount of people knowing about me but richness does not necessarily mean people will know about your wealth.

E: But you could say fame is a kind of wealth because it has a large quantity of people either way?

D: No, fame does not involve richness because richness or wealth relies on a common ground between two parties. With fame, the people know me but I do not know them. There is no connection. Wealth involves knowledge of the things that I have a lot of  “excess” of.

E: Do you believe that some people can have a wealth of love and not know about it, therefore missing the connection? Is this no longer wealth or richness?  

Sculpture Terminology (for my RAP)

Before completing my RAP, I wanted to make a list of possible terms I could use while writing as a “New York Arts” blogger. All of these terms are technical, but in the context of my artifact I found a few ironic terms and included them with a mention after their artistic definitions.

This list’s main purpose is to provide definitions to any jargon I may use while writing so anyone who is not in my intended audience of artists still knows what they mean. Since the New York Arts journal is more cultural art based, I likely won’t use many, if any, jargon, but it was still interesting to learn some new terminology. It helped me get into my role of an art and culture critic.

Terms I thought might come to use:

Anatomical – Structural make-up of human or animal body parts.

Amorphous – Having no defined shape or form such as free form sculpture.

Brass – Alloy consisting of copper and zinc.

Bronze – A combination of copper and tin; the compound may vary in proportions of each.

Female – The negative half of a mold or die.

(I thought this was one of the ironic terms given the context of my artifact’s situation. I am not an artist and I believe that “negative” in this sense here does not mean what we generally define negative as. But from a feminist perspective and using the societal definition (or usual definition) of negative, the term pairs the word “female” and “negative” together. Considering my artifact’s attack on feminism, I felt like this term could have a different meaning for my RAP.

Fettling – Shaping an object.

Noxious – Harmful to humans.

(This is also a clear artistic term, probably referencing dangerous chemicals when inhaled, but relating it specifically back to my artifact I like to think of the “Pissing Pug” as harmful to humans.

Polishing – The final process, if desired, in finishing a piece of sculpture.

Sculptor – A person who creates sculpture.

Tacky – Not yet dry or set. A sticky state of rubber before setting or curing.

(Again, here tacky has an artistic meaning but it is also widely known as showing poor taste. Adding the dog statue to take away from someone else’s art is poor taste or “tacky.”

Volume – Amount of space occupied by a model measured in cubic units.


Glossary site used: https://www.sculpturehouse.com/t-glossary_z.aspx

Persona Activity


1.  My audience likely values art and creativity. The audience is an artist and enjoys speaking out in creative ways and artistic ways. He also most likely values autonomy, as he does not like to be influenced or controlled. He enjoys his own independence.

2. He admires many famous artists who are not afraid to use their medium to speak out and spark conversations. Artists like Andres Serrano’s and his controversial photography, as well as David Černý, a sculptor from Czech Republic.

3. He pretends to admire Picasso and Andy Warhol. He does not see their art as innovative like most others, but simple. He pretends to admire these two over other artists only because their art is “considered” innovative or different which is what he strives to achieve.

4. What he longs for most is prestige. He wants his art to be widely known and respected. As an artist he does not long for anything more than that.

5. The artist’s biggest fear is people misinterpreting his message and likely losing respect of his art after that. He wants his message to be clear and precise in a way where people could not misinterpret but he fears he does not do this well enough.

6. He tries to live life without regrets except he does worry and regret any time people lose the meaning of his work.

Way of Life

1.  Artist

2. He keeps the same persona at home as he does in public. He believes in showing his true personality and ideas to establish a public persona and brand for his artistry.

3. His job is his identity. He does not separate his creativity, or beliefs, from work and “normal” life.

5. He is not married.

6. No religious affiliation.

7. He has a varied income because he is an artist. His income potential depends on how much work he is in progress with and who or where the work is for. The work also depends on his popularity as an artist.

8. New York City, Manhattan

9. Highrise Apartment in Manhattan

10. He has lived in New York his whole life, but has traveled many places in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. such as European destinations like Paris, Italy, and Prague.

11. Bachelors Degree in Art.



Hurricane Irma

Weather Channel Hurricane Central

Until our brief class discussion about Hurricane Irma, I hadn’t given too much thought on the impending storm. I rarely watch the news anymore so I haven’t stayed up-to date on Irma’s path. I knew about it, but now that its path is changing I’ve become even more worried.

In fact, it didn’t really hit me until just a few hours ago. It was when I took my normal commute home and the drive took me one hour longer than usual due to traffic. All the extra time stuck in traffic had me noticing things a little more, like the countless cars with Florida license plates. It seems like many people are heeding the advice to evacuate their homes in Florida and I am glad that they are trying to stay safe. Unfortunately, my own brother and sister-in-law live there and they are not evacuating. I think it’s really hard to leave your home even if you are warned. And I actually think because Hurricane Harvey was so destructive, more people are taking this new threat seriously. But not everyone is going to, or is even able to, evacuate from the dangerous threat.

Weather Channel Hurricane Central

Now that I’ve watched some of the news, it’s even scarier to think that Atlanta could be just a category one hit. To think any central part of a state, like Orlando or Atlanta, could be hit by a hurricane seems strange to me. I’m not a meteorologist, and I know this has happened in the past before, but whenever I think hurricane threats, I think coasts. And after seeing all the stories out of Harvey, I’m even more worried. More so, Irma is currently hitting the Caribbean (as a category five) and causing immense damage. It’s easy to forget about places outside of the U.S. when we are in a threat as well, but this storm is dangerous to thousands and thousands of people all over. When I think about how many people may lose their possessions and homes, I feel helpless. Mother Nature is one of the few things that can’t be overpowered, and in cases like these, there is nothing to do but to just weather the storm.  The best anyone can do is stay informed and stay as safe as possible. The hurricane’s path can change in the coming days and it’s good to take precautions. With the current projected path, people are already wisely doing so. Parts of coastal Georgia have declared a state of emergency. I have a friend who attends school in Charleston, SC, and her school has already canceled until mid-next week to allow for travel. As the saying goes, it is always better to be safe than rather than sorry.

If I try to relate this all back to class, I can easily see persuasion in the language and acts of everyone. The news covering the hurricane’s trajectory is convincing enough to me, but when you add in their language, like “powerful” and “category five,” the threat becomes even more imminent. Not only that, but the constant photos, videos, and stories offered by the news persuade people even more. This is the more pathos or emotional side to the persuasion. Just driving home and seeing a significant amount of florida plates is convincing enough of the gravity of the situation. Additionally, because the recent aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is fresh on everyone’s minds and Irma is already affecting the Caribbean, it’s not hard to imagine how far the storm could go.

Until the storm has passed, I hope everybody can stay informed, stay in-touch with family and friends, and most importantly, stay safe.

Resources to Stay Informed:

Website Coverage (Most Locations): Weather Channel Hurricane Central

Radio Coverages (Florida): Radio Station Coverage