The Pink Pussyhat

For my second Reading Response, I tied in the primary text on Multimodality written by Arola Sheppard Ball and made comparisons to Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name an article by Julie Compton, which uses multimodality to venture through both the backlash and support the pussyhat received. Ball’s text explores the five modes of communication—linguistic, visual, aural, gestural, and spatial— aspects that can be found in all forms of text. The point explored was the way several medium platforms use multiple types of modes as “a way of communicating, such as the words we’re using to explain our ideas in this paragraph or the images we use throughout this book to illustrate various concepts.” (What Are Multimodal Projects? Arola Sheppard Ball) In Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name, the other ties in spatial, linguistic, and visual modes to create an outside perspective to the ongoing argument over the color and shape of the hat. Currently, the shape is depicted as a transphobic message to exclude trans women from the movement and the shade of pink is the excludes the women of color.


Under this reading, I was able to learn more about the use of multimodality and how it affects all aspects of texts we see in the world today. When using multiple modes in my own work, I can learn to create a more viable work to communicate my message in a more transparent way to avoid any sort of confusion with people who do not see the point I was trying to make. The difficulty I found with this was finding the right format and visuals to tie in correctly with my writing. Not only that but there is also the prospect of finding out when to use certain modes at the appropriate time. Despite the problem of finding out when to use these modes, it has become aware to me that modality is key to making myself a better writer.

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