October 26, 2012
Daniel's hypertext "Public Secrets" is clearly another example of genre crossing. While we see a central aim for her discourse, that is to better the women's prison system, it is her approach to this goal through this hypertext that needs review. I feel like if this was a narrative to spark action, it lacked in conviction. The visuals, if used needed compliment the text. Her addition of their audio clips along with their transcripts does give us a touch of relativism with these women, because their voices sound less like monsters, which they are normally perceived as, and more like real people. The array of interviews gives her argument depth and strength in numbers. Aside from the content and back over to the context, Daniel doesn't give us bold colors but rather relaxing color schemes that conflict with her purpose. In relation to Miller's "genre as social action," Daniel fails to use a medium with enough accessibility for change. Why had I not heard about this project before? Why was it part of a site with a large number of other projects on it? If this medium wanted to spark change its first task should be to be made aware of.