Reading Response Two

Unit 2 Reading Response: Ball and Golden Vinyl Record

The primary text is about multimodal projects and the different forms of communications can affect how different people will interpret a text. There are five different modes of communication each has an example and explain how each one of them can be used. The five modes are linguistic, visual, aural, gestural, and spatial. While reading this I learned that everything is multimodal and could be perceived as a text. This primary source was helpful because it gives me a better understanding of the supplemental text.

While reading the supplemental text I learned that vinyl is a text, this is something that I wouldn’t have thought of if I didn’t read Ball’s text. At first, the producer of audios didn’t have them available to them, but now it’s, made available for everyone to have a copy of the online. Mostly linguistic roles help reformate the audio become more available and vinyl to those around us, but aural modes had it plays in it as well. This recording has many images implied and stored in it. This is the aural part of communication the vinyl record will not have any images but it allows those to understand the music. It doesn’t have a visual mode because it doesn’t have images. It doesn’t really have any gestural modes, other than the fact that it moves one spiritually.

This reading response was a lot easier than the unit one’s response because making the connections seemed to be easier. This made me that of ways I can promote or advocate something on social media.

Annotated Bibliography One

The Names Project was a memorial created so that those who died from AIDS would be remembered. Below are some sources that make a connection between the AIDS epidemic and the panel that I have chosen for this project which is about Bobby Orr.

Gay Identity-Related Factors and Sexual Risk Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in San Fransico

Flores, S. A., Mansergh, G., Marks, G., Guzman, R., & Colfax, G. (2009). Gay identity-related factors and sexual risk among men who have sex with men in San Francisco. AIDS Education And Prevention: Official Publication Of The International Society For AIDS Education.

There are several authors of this article, like Stephen A. Flores who graduated from University of Texas medical school with honors. These authors used evidence like bibliographies and tables to make the relationship between gays and unprotected anal sex. The purpose of this article is to see if gays and unprotected anal sex have any correlation to the aids epidemic, they take in consideration of many factors such as; racial and ethnical differences. In this case, Bobby Orr ethical difference would have been of the Hispanic community. A researcher who is looking for extra data or evidence may be interested in this article. Those who are gay or are interested in anal sex may find this researcher and information useful.

This article is related to Bobby Orr because he was gay and was probably affected by the aids epidemic for this reason. Though it may not be very helpful for him, in this study they are doing this to get a better understanding of the relationship between the two and how they correlate between one another.

Growing older with HIV/AIDS: new public health challenges

Cahill, S., & Valadéz, R. (2013). Growing Older With HIV/AIDS: New Public Health Challenges. American Journal Of Public Health.

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. is Director of Health Policy Reseach at the Fenway Institute. In this article they are trying to find a way to help prevent aids/ HIV, using long-term antiretroviral. The purpose of this article is to find research that could improve the health outcome for those who are HIV positive because there are some challenges that we have discovered now that we didn’t know during the 1960’s. The intended audience is other researchers who are also trying to improve the health of those who are HIV positive. This information would be useful for someone who found out they have HIV.

This does connect to my article because though Bobby Orr died from aids, he did have some time to grow with it which made a huge impact on his life. This information who have been helpful to Bobby Orr because with this treatment he could have probably lived a long life.

Homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in New York City: Insights from the field

Ream, G. L., & Forge, N. R. (2014). Homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth in New York City: Insights from the Field. Child Welfare

Ream and Forge are the authors of this article and are affiliated with Adelphi University and Georgia Stae University. This article only reviews information that already exists to make the connection of LGBT youth that is homeless in New York City. The purpose of this article is to describe how people who are LGBT have been kicked out of there homes and involved themselves with drug and sexual activities, causing them to get aids/ HIV. The intended audience s from researchers looking for a way to get youth children off of the streets of New York. This information who be helpful for anyone who is interested in doing research on homelessness and LGBT.

This article wasn’t useful for my connection to my artifact. I pursued this article to find more information about the LGBT community in New York of the 1980’s. New York was a visual mode of communication on my panel and I thought making the connection between aids and New York during the 1980’S would help give more information about aids and the LGBT Community.

Recipes for Attention: Policy Reforms, Crises, Organizational Characteristics, and the Newspaper Coverage of the LGBT Movement, 1969–2009

Elliott, T. A., Amenta, E., & Caren, N. (2016). Recipes for Attention: Policy Reforms, Crises, Organizational Characteristics, and the Newspaper Coverage of the LGBT Movement, 1969-2009. Sociological Forum.

Edwin Amenta is an American socialist known for his study in social policy and social movements. They use qualitative comparison analyses of the national coverage to help appraise their argument. Which would be that media and politics help integrate organizations characteristics and action. In this article, they wanted to understand why the LGBT Comminutiny had such a high impact on this social movement. This article is for researchers interested in social relations and social movements. The information could be useful for anyone who feels left out or neglected by the world and wants to do something positive about it.

Photo by KCET

This article is very useful for my artifact because it’s obvious that Bobby Orr stood for something, so for him to know that he had all this support and that he wasn’t the only one would have been very empowering. This photo is from the era of limits for the LGBT Community during the 1970’s in Los Angeles.

Safe Sex in the 1970s: Community Practitioners on the Eve of AIDS

Blair, T. R. (2017). Safe Sex in the 1970s: Community Practitioners on the Eve of AIDS. American Journal Of Public Health.

The author of this scholarly source is Blair TR, who graduated from the University of California and has a degree in Psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Blair used evidence of developing materials that would help define sexual health education for approximately four decades, to increase safe sex activities. The purpose o this source is to encourage readers to have safer sex. The intended audience of this article come be for researchers who are looking for ways to encourage safe sex or possibly college students.  Someone who’s family member who has recently died of aids would possibly be interested in help prevent others from getting aids.

Photo by The Odyssey

This source connects to my artifact because for Bobby Orr and article like would have been very helpful. Showing and explaining ways to prevent aids/HIV for people just like him. This information who have been helpful to him while he was alive. The photo here just reminds ever one to use protection to prevent not only aids but pregnancy and other possible infections.





Primary Source Description

Primary Source Description One

Information about the quilt

A single block is normally composed of 8 panels. The typical size of a panel is approximate to 3 by 6 feet which is the size of a human grave. On the back of the block in the upper right corner, you can find the block number. According to one of the Names Project coordinators, Roddy Williams there are currently 5959 blocks, which is more than 48,000 panels. The quilt described here is 1333 and can be found on the names project website:

Panel 1333
Photo: AidsQulitTouch

Panels are the size of a human grave because they represented loved ones who have died of AIDS, shining the light in the AIDS epidemic. Bobby Orr is the name on quilt 1333, located in the first column and the second row.

Photo captured by Cache’ Downer


The primary colors featured on this panel would be blue, white, yellow, red and pink. This panel will be described in its totality. Several objects on this panel have been stitched on, some laminated. First I will describe the bold letters and numbers. Next, I will describe everything else on the right side of it.

Bold Text

Bobby Orr is the name on the quilt that is in big white letters on the left side of the panel. Probably there to emphasize that this is the name of the person they lost. Underneath that states the month and year of his death and birth (4-59, 1-89), which is March 1959- January 1989. The 20th century is assumed because in most of the other surrounding panels the date was of the 20th century.

Photo captured by Cache’ Downer

Next to the R on the right side of the name is a photo. I believe this photo was placed here because this is a photo of Bobby Orr. The photo is laminated, probably so that it can be preserved for a long time. The laminated photo was stitched on with a blue string. The photo is a bit creased, meaning that it been there for a while. The photo itself has a brown, grey color scheme meaning that it was taken a while ago. This is also assumed because he died in 1989.


Photo captured by Cache’ Downer

At the bottom of the panel, there are four letters: one from Debbie and John, one to Debbie, and two to John.Under the photo is a letter from John and Debbie, sending their farewells after Bobby died and staying that they hope he likes it.  

Photo captured by Cache’ Downer

This letter was written by Bobby sent to someone he is close to (John Kappers), who is obviously someone he talks to often.  He begins this letter by apologizing because he wasn’t able to make a call to John. He continues to states how he is going to see a counselor, this counselor gave him positive feedback and also a positive outlook on something (assuming it’s about him having aids). He also states how St. Francis Hospital offered him a job as an “Assistant Unit Coordinator of the Wester Psychiatric Center”, where he will be making $11/hr. He finishes the letter by staying he meets a “hunk” and plans on seeing them again. 

Photo by Cache’ Downer

This letter was written by Bobby sent to someone he is close to (John Kappers), who is obviously someone he talks to often.  He begins this letter by apologizing because he wasn’t able to make a call to John. He  continues to states how he is going to see a counselor, this counselor gave him positive feedback and also a positive outlook on something (assuming it’s about him having aids). He also states how St. Francis Hospital offered him a job as a “Assistant Unit Coordinator of the Wester Psychotic Center”, where he will be making $11/hr. He finishes the letter by staying he meet a “hunk” and plans on seeing them again.

Photo by Cache’ Downer

In this letter, Bobby is writing to Debbie about his travels. He was in St. Croix but then took a boat to St. Thomas and then sailed back to Parguern. He apologizes for not being able to see her but that he is excited about the there trip to New York. These letters give us to get insight into Bobby’s life. He confirms that he is interested in guys, but this also says a lot about his traveling.

Significance of Photos

Photo taken by Cache’ Downer

On this panel there were four photos that had “New York” or  NYC written on it.  This photo feels like cotton material and was appears to be stitched on with the same blue like string that the photo of Bobby Orr was in and the rest f the letters. This photo has 5 taxi cabs and on each taxi cab there’s a significant white and black checkered like pattern which also appears at the bottom  the line of the taxis and above the name “new york” which is highlighted with the same yellow color of the taxis.

Photo by Cache Downer

This has a similar checked like pattern but instead this one has a blue and black pattern. This patter could hep suggest that Bobby Orr was interested in checkers and also liked playing checkers. So I began  to do research first I search “New York checker 1989” (year of his death), All that came up was information  about taxi cabs. Then

Photo by Cache Downer

I added the word “gay”, because of this photo, and also because in one of the letters Bobby mentions how he meet a hunk”. So now it’s “New York gay checker 1989”.

Photo by Cache’ Downer


What pops up was interesting because under People also search for, “The Castro in the 1980’s” was there. This is interesting because one of the photos stitched onto this panel has the name Castro on it.

Photo by Cache’ Downer

Accoring to Huffington Post, the Castro was the located in San Francisco where “a group of people who for countless years had been marginalized, cast- out, even hated came to live in a neighborhood where they bulit their own vibrant culture.” Thus, creating the name of my website “The Castro”.

Reading Responses

Reading Response to the Haltman Text and 3D Printing 

The supplemental text I chose to make the comparison between “3-D Pring Your Way To Freedom and Prosperity.” The Haltman’s text cannot be searched like 3-d Print can be while doing research one may come across the Haltman’s text. The authors of the Haltman’s text taught me how to experience an object as space, right then and there. Not only how I would experience but how other people would experience the space of that object. The 3-D print is an online article that can be accessed by any and everyone and can be updated at any time. The Haltman text gave a lot more meaning to 3-D printing. It taught me what material culture is and how it can be expressed through certain objects like 3-d printing.

Throughout the website, they discuss whether or not 3-d printing would benefit the human race. Combing Haltman’s idea of Material culture and 3-d printing we can employ many ways to incorporate touch and serval other senses to our culture senses. This will thus, greatly impact 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. And through 3-d printing, we can help retrieve old methods of teaching and learning.  Comparing the two text you cannot replace an object that already has a cultural meaning to it.

The most challenging part of this assignment was making the connections between the annotations I made for both the Haltman’s text and 3-d printing. Reading the Haltman text first really helped me make the connection between material culture and 3-d printing.

Description of Bobby Orr’s Quilt

In big bold white letters, it has the name “BOBBY ORR” placed in the top left corner. Not a suggestion but that the name of the man (assumed because the way Bobby is spelled helps me suggest that it is a Masculine name) who probably died of aids. Under the name are numbers that are (4-59 1-89), Those are the months and year he was born (March 1959) and the month and year he died (January 1989). I assumed it is in the 1900’s because by observing others quilt I noticed most of them began in the 1900’s. There is a blue-based background, probably can do further research to see why they have chosen that background (maybe because that was his favorite color).


There are many places that are represented on this quilt such as; New York, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico. My first assumption would be because he liked to travel around a lot and these were probably his favorite places to go.

I assume this because in one of his letters on the bottom right side there is a letter to “Debbie Dillon” and he talks about how he was in St. Croix, then took a boat to St. Thomas, and sailed back to Parguern. He completes his letter by saying he can’t wait to go on there trip to New York.

There is a yellow piece of fabric that says “March for Lesbian/ Gay Rights”, which could mean many things, that he was gay or probably just supported Lesbian/ Gay people.


All photos shot by Cache’ Downer

Secondary Reasearch

Evaluation NOT a Summary, Annotated Bib. on secondary sources.

Begin with a detailed research question.


  • What is the significance of carrots and rabbits in Jimmy’s panel?
    • What do rabbits and carrots symbolize (generally)? to whom
  • Stem from good questions
    • Articulate them
    • How might you reword that question? How does that change what you mean?
  • Seek data collected and processed (edited) by other people
    • Kids of secondary sources
      • scholarly books and journals
      • popular books, magazines, media
      • newspapers
        • Analyse an assessments, argument,
        • Evaluate the source: the ethos of the source (how credible the source is) affects your own ethos (credibility)

What makes a quality secondary source?

  • Peer-reviewed
  • offers credible evidence (& documents that evidence)
  • Logical and reasonable
  • considers the context
  • addresses multiple points of view
  • Acknowledge (implicitly or explicitly) bias.


  • What is the significance of carrots and rabbits to Jimmy Finely?
    • NAMES Project
    • Search keywords
      • Jimmy Finley
      • James Finley
      • Who is Boobi Cambell? (Panel)
      • Who is Carl Orme? (Panel)
      • Seek relationships (SCOPE)
        • LGBT Community
          • Gay Men in Seattle

Get more specific


PSD Guidelines

PSD Highlights

  • “thorough, credible analysis”
  • “observe deeply”
  • “different observations in writing”
  • “detailed essay: 500+ words”
  • Images

PSD Rubric

  • “Competent, Credible, Complete”
  • “Good” or “Superior”
  • “skillful/ persuasive”
  • Originality of argument
    • the depth of observation
    • setup/ introduction
  • Organized
  • Multiple revisions
  • Language
  • Min.
    • good faith effort
  • Average
    • one or more criteria outlined
  • High.
    • one or more of the criteria focus on the maturity of rhetorical awareness.
    • 1000 words