Active Reading

Cosmos Crayon

a) What is the article about? Discusses a crayon like an object, in Britain. Made of a mineral.

b) What is interesting or problematic about the article? They said it’s 1000 years old, thus suggesting that the people are literal and civil.

c) What questions does the article inspire you? Is imaging the object as a “crayon” imposing a contemporary imagination unreasonably upon an ancient object?


Paraphrased passage from Haltman

“While only some of the culture takes material form, the part that records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual, or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that quite literally embody” (2)

Objects carry more meaning than their face value. If you analyze them and hypothesis them you can then learn about the culture they came from.


Haltman V. Sadowski


Material culture is when people use certain objects and resources to help understand their culture. 3-D print is basically the print of an object to replace an old object into more what you need rather than going out and shopping for it. Combining both Material Culture and 3-D printing we can employ many ways incorporate touch and several  other senses into our cultural senses. This therefore has a great impact on those who are visually impaired. The 3-D structure is one of many great technological advancements that can help advance the experience of one who is impaired.3-D printing is important for research and also the reconstruction of many different objects. Through this 3-D printing can help retrieve old methods of teaching and learning.

The most challenging part of this assignment would be making the connection between both material culture and 3-D printing. I learn that when I annotate I should point out stuff that applies to both texts some that the connection could be made a lot easier.

Conventions of the Book & Blog Genre

Other Sociologist (Blog): 

  • Bright colors
  • Updated
  • “About Me”: Author presence
  • Images
  • Links (rhetorical)
  • Constantly updated (post)
  • Pages/ Menu

Haltman (Book):

  • Centered title page
  • Subtitle
  • Audience: Researchers so that it can be cited. there the author puts the name on every page for research purposes.
  • Specific lexicon
  • Work cited page
  • Linguistic text
  • A lot of space: uses space to communicate meaning.
  • Publish information on the bottom of each page
  • Black and White (Grayscale)