October 26, 2012
Framing in Public Secrets
Daniel's presents to us an interesting view of the public prison system in the hypertext of Public Secrets. This could be unpacked in my different ways but one thing that really stood out to me was a term we stated in class. I remember we went over the term framing in a rhetorical sense and how it creates meaning. We discussed the literal aspect of framing as well, relating it with the architecture of four walls, and a window, etc which creates a class room.
There are many different variations of framing within this project. We can start with the literal framing of the prison itself which of course would be the maximum security walls, and prison doors. The mental images of something being enclosed can bring on many different correlations including like an animal being enclosed or someone being trapped. This would translate to something being inhumane or not acceptable. Relating inhumane to a human life form for most people would cause them to have sympathy on a situation. Daniel frames a prison system to get is to have sympathy on the prison system victims in order to get us to call to action.
The project itself is also framed in some ways especially with how the lines shift between the prison on the inside and those outside of it. Creating this contrast of freedom and incarceration creates a rhetorical frame where the ideals of freedom and despair are put into a stark contrast.
Using the term secrets creates a mental frame for the reader who then begins to assume something is being hidden behind these prison systems that we aren't supposed to see. This in turn creates curiosity for us to begin to question more about the situation.
SN: Based on our in class discussion on exigence, it is clear the motive behind this is being a witness of the secrets of the prison system. The documentarian text style of writing exposes this. The genre of expose/documentarian is established.