Blog Post 4:Analysis of Multimodal Texts


The above text is a political cartoon that was published in 1954. It shows a large hand labeled the Supreme Court taking a black sheep labeled segregation out of a public school house with the phrase “…It was against the rule” at the bottom. This was intended for the audience of the 1950s, and the era of Civil Rights, and depicts the newspaper and authors stance on the issue of segregated public schools, and their approval of the Supreme Court’s decision. The political cartoon shows its support of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education verdict, declaring segregation unconstitutional. The emphasis of this picture is the supreme court’s hand removing segregation from the school, it is the biggest factor of the cartoon. The sheep and sleeve contrast the white background to show the emphasis and importance of the Supreme Court’s removal of segregation from public schools. It is aligned to the right side of the frame and organized so the eye is drawn to the hand and sheep, which are the large components of the picture. The proximity of this picture shows shows how much influence the Supreme Court had in the school system and segregation because of how close it is to the two subjects, it is actually holding segregation in this cartoon.


This map was drawn in 1813 by a map maker named John Melish. This map shows the newly evolved colonies that are now states. It also outlines the Louisiana territory, and the Texas and Mexican territories on the west coast. The emphasis here is on the borders, and  the United States as whole since that is what the map is showing. There is contrast between the parchment, which is brown colored, and the colored lines of the borders and the lines of rivers and mountains. It is aligned in the center of the paper, and organized by the borders of the country and states within it. The proximity is represented by the borders and how the stateside situated next to each other.

This video is a Crash Course History by John Green. This video is about how WWI started, and it runs for about 10 minutes. This video was published on September 12, 2014. Green uses a combination of methods to present the information being discussed. He narrates and speaks the entire time; however, he uses a combination of watching him, animations, and primary source videos and pictures. He keeps the mood light hearted, and when he is on screen the set up is similar to a classroom, incorporating a desk, globe, and plant. The emphasis is on the information Green is presenting through his words, the animations, pictures, and videos are supplemental to what he is saying. The switching of methods of supplemental information being presented enforces contrast, along with his voice being the narration. It is organized in a chronological order, presenting what happened first and then to the eruption of the war, but much of the information overlaps. The proximity of the video is represented on how his words constantly represent what is being shown on the screen, so the viewer does not get confused.


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