Inquiry: the process of obtaining knowledge through a question(s) and/or observation(s) that is relevant to the discourse.



Where I start to inquire about certain questions:

  • Is obtaining knowledge the same as understanding it?
  • Is observation just sight, or does it include other four senses?
  • Should we talk about the knowledge that we had already started with, so should it just be to further our knowledge about the discourse?



Inquiry and Business Economics

Economics is apart of everything we do in life. It has its hand in everyones cookie jar and it can be seen or explained in almost everything that we do. Inquiry and economics correlate with one another because:

  • You have to analyze charts and graphs and develop questions to ask
  • Research trends of consumer consumption
  • Analyze and predict market growths and/or declines
  • Formulate the distribution of certain scare goods over a population




I cannot believe that it has been three weeks into the college semester!

It has been an enriching three weeks working with my scholarly cohort group in my COMP 250/Section 3 class.  The main focus of our work has been in multimodal discourse, which is a topic that I have never worked with before.  Yet, over the past three weeks I have learned more about multimodals through our collaboration time then I anticipated I would.


The first collaboration project we worked on was that of dissecting the modes of a meme, as if we were in a biology class dissecting a frog and analyzing the various internal functions.


From blog post, “Scholars Thinking Outside the Box”






This cohort collaboration of minds taught me:

  1. There is a great deal of thought that goes into the design of a multimodal, such as a meme.
  2. It is better to have the perspective of 4 other people then just your own, since I did not even consider the fact of relating this movie frame with the actual words that were said in the movie, The Lord of The Rings.
  3. Working with my peers is always as fun and enjoyable experience.

 What would I have done differently you ask???

I believe my fellow scholars in group one collaborated and helped one another to grow as writers/designers in a positive atmosphere through discussion and laughter.  The only aspect I would have changed about my experience would have been for me to ask more questions from my fellow scholars about my work, so that it could allow my knowledge to grow even further!


It all started here!



Multimodal discourse can be found almost everywhere in our modern life today. There are multiple ways that multimodals can be presented throughout a college campus even.


1. Campus Involvement Flyers:


Flyer in a residence hall

This is a flyer advertising an upcoming campus luau event. Notice how the designer has taken advantage of listing the information in a list on the left side (spatial), and also changing the color of each topic group to make the flyer more eye catching.  It has a strong visual layout of color and hawaiian like theme, which even if you didn’t read the flyer you could anticipate what the theme of the event would be.  Though the word  “luau” is in large font and bold yellow color that immediately draws you to it.


2 . Campus Dining Signs (It was difficult to take a picture of):


Menu in Wholly Habaneros

There are various mutlimodal representations going on in this photograph.  The sign has a variety of color incorporated into it, with a pictures as well! The pictures make the sign eye catching, but they also serve the purpose of directing the customer of telling them what to do. The hands point in the direction that the customer should follow in deciding what the combination of their food order.  The menu is also projected of a monitor, which illuminates the words so that it is clear visible and easy to read.  They could have possibly made the sign more sophisticated in design by having moving images, or gestures going on in the background.


3 . Directional Signs:


Sign outside the Student Union

This is a simplistic design for a sign, but at the same time it is clever with the usage of mutltimodal concepts. It has spatial and visual aspects which makes the sign easy to read,  and the image of the cigarette immediately tells the viewer what the sign is about without reading even one word.  It is almost like the image prompts the brain of the topic, then instructs them of the location, and tells people where to go.

The Concepts:

The following images have incorporated at least one of the following modes of multimodal discourse:

  • Visual
  • Spatial
  • Gestural
  • Linguist

They have all common concept that Bill Mangrum has expressed multiple times in class and that is they tell the reader what to do.  That seems to be the most important aspect to accomplish when writing or designing a project, so if there is only one thing you can remember when writing.  It should be that you are telling your intended audience what to do.




So What, The Writer’s Argument, is a literal instruction manual to developing a persuasive and complex arguments in the form of writing. The book is a call to arms for all young scholars as writers and thinkers.


“So What?”

 The most significant idea that a young scholar could learn from the book is that there is a purpose to writing and a reason it  SHOULD be important to you.   How many of you have been assigned a writing assigment and immediately had the reaction of, “Why do I have to do this?”  Consider this now, there might be an underlying meaning of why you are writing about a that topic, and knowing how to write about that topic could be one of the most valuable life lessons you learn.  Why you ask?

Writing is Power




Writing is an Instrument that Can be Used to Get People to Do Something


Signing of the U.S. Constitution


Writing is the Ability to Express Your Thoughts and Feelings



Finally, developing the ability to write your thoughts and explain them in a methodical and organized fashion is applicable in anything you do with your life.  The next time you have a writing assignment that you have to do, stop and think.  You should take in everything that has to do with that assignment, then grow from it as a scholar and one day you will look back and appreciate the knowledge that was gained from it.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway