October 26, 2012

Langue and Parole in Daniel's Public Secrets

After reading and listening to Sharon Daniel's Public Secrets, I could see that a wide variety of modes are used here to create a hypermedia essay. Through the use of spoken word and text, Daniel relays her message of the imperfections of the American prison system, and how there is violence and abuse throughout the prisons. Using the voices of other women, she builds her essay with many first-hand accounts and uses text as a guideline for different pieces of audio clips.

I find it pretty evident that langue and parole take place here, where the entire essay uses language to get a message across (langue), and voices of the people in the clips show their use of parole with utterances as part of this language. Even though langue and parole are supposedly in opposition of one another, here, they work together as a hypermediated text with the use of written and spoken language in an essay that is able to be viewed through an electronic medium that you have to actively click through to proceed. This makes the role of the audience crucial, and forms a different, more active role on the other side of the dichotomy than just showing up-- it's a rhetorical journey that the audience takes on as well to include themselves in the text. Through langue and parole, one can see the functions of language on the page, and listen to the voices of people that are included, made up by basic utterances to form a message. This is how they work together in this text, and therefore, how it ultimately works as a rhetorical piece.

3 comments:

lmariachami said...

It is crucial that langue and parole be noticed in such a text. Daniel creates a world that needs both to get a message across. The many statements of the women incarcerated is heart-wrenching, which what Daniel is trying to get across. She uses the sentences in the statements that are the most powerful to pop up on the project. Those pop up sentences are also a type of parole for the langue of the statement. They are utterances of a body.
It's quite simply fascinating how Daniel is able to manipulate langue and parole to get her message across.

Jessica Weaver said...

I completely agree when you discuss how langue and parole are supposed to be opposites however in Daniel's piece manage to play into one another well. Langue and parole sucessfully complimneted each other in a difficult piece. As I was reading, I did not think about the purpose or the actions of the audience. However, after it being brought up now I see that the audience does in fact play a crucial part in the hypertext. Through her idea of audience interaction, the reader is better able to understand the purpose of Daniel's "Public Secrets."

Adam Schwartz said...

I agree with the fact that the audience plays a crucial role in parole aspect of the project. The project itself is langue because it holds the system of language that presents the various quotes that hold the women prisoner's stories. Without the audience placing their mouse over the quotes one could not be able to hear the language externalized. This shows that langue and parole are not different within the project and are connected by the way Daniel presents the project.

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