While doing the reading, “Teaching and Reading the Millennial Generation Through Media Literacy,” I was pleasantly suprised to find that I am already doing some things that they discussed. In the article, they discussed how Millennials are digital natives and that this sometimes makes it so that they feel more comfortable and more creative expressing themselves in a digital environment. In thinking about my own work, I found that I am already utilizing this in some ways. Just as Millenials repost things they like on Facebook and other social media outlets, I have asked the two RAs that I supervised this semester to send me the link to something along with their weekly report. It can be anything, from a video, to an article (news or otherwise), to a song clip or a website. Over the course of the semester, they have sent me many funny videos, some political articles, and lots of music. This has proven to be a great way for my RAs and I to connect during our one-to-ones (weekly meetings between supervisee and supervisor) and for me to know them better. In this way, I have been able to tap into what comes naturally to them: posting and sharing. This is just one example of how I believe I am incorporating this into my work.

As far as how this could apply to Universal Design or my presentation I am creating, I think it is inclusive to those who may have a hard time sharing information about themselves for one reason or another. The more formats that I give the RAs to teach me about themselves, how they are doing, and what they are interested in, the more likely I am to be able to learn about them, and then be able to draw on that knowledge. If we only expect RAs to open up during one-to-one meetings, face-to-face, contact, then we won’t necessarily learn as much about those who aren’t as comfortable in that setting. We may assume they don’t want to share, when really we just haven’t given them enough mediums to help them to be comfortable doing so. I think that utilizing the “Fun clip/article/video/webpage” helps with this, along with asking them to provide me with information in multiple ways (such as through a blogged weekly report and their actual one-to-one meeting). I think that urging my fellow senior staff to open up their ideas about how they gain information from the RAs is going to provide more options to the RAs and more information to the senior staff.

When reading “The Politics of Staring: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography,” I was almost immediately reminded of two youtube videos I recently watched (look at me, reposting like a Millenial!): Shit ignorant people say to autistics and Shit people say to people with disabilities. In both of these videos, we can see how the four visual rhetorics are also applied to communication rhetorics. For instance, the convergence of the wonderous and the sentimental would be people saying, “what an inspiration you are!” I think that presenting these two pieces together could be helpful in teaching senior staff and paraprofessional staff (RAs, main desk assistants) in how images of disability are taught to them, and how these images inform the way we sometimes talk to people with disabilities. I think this may be too large for me to try to incorporate into my presentation (I can probably mention it as something for them to explore with their staffs), I think that discussing the two in conjunction with each other would be a great presentation, specifically for RAs, who may have never thought about how they talk to people with disabilities.

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