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The first one I choose to review was Urban Art vs Vandalism.

Conceptual Core: The narrator of the story was talking about the difference of Urban Art vs. Vandalism. She talks about how people have asked her the question of whether graffiti is art or vandalism and she said “it’s complicated”. So the central question brought up in this story is whether graffiti is vandalism or is it art? She went to Italy as apart of an art crime program and studied abroad but said what caught her eye was the graffiti over the historical pieces of art in Italy. She goes on to give a history of when graffiti originated and the historical background of it. I believe if she added more about the debate of how it is considered vandalism vs. art it would have made the story better but it was a good story and provided good information about the history and landscape of graffiti.

Research Competence: I believe the quality of the video was pretty high in the way the narrator presented the issue. She had a multitude of examples of different people and how they shifted the landscape of graffiti. The way she provided first hand knowledge in the video of her experience going to Italy and how she was studying art crime added to her credibility.

Creative realization and innovation: The project definitely created an effect that could not be created on paper in how the story presented many images of graffiti. She also presents some first hand pictures she took when she was in Italy and talked about the history she learned of graffiti in Italy. The digital resources used enhanced the question of whether graffiti is vandalism or considered art in how she talked about how Shepard Fairey’s work with the street art of Barack Obama and hope was a symbol for the 2008 presidential election of Obama used in his administration. This example showed how graffiti can provide good symbols that make a difference. At the same time though, I believe she could have enhanced talking about the issue by giving more information about the issue of how graffiti is viewed by giving other statistics from other people.

Relationship between form and content: The fit between this story’s thesis of the question of is graffiti art or vandalism was covered pretty well with her various examples given of street art and the history behind it. The way she narrated the story by giving her first hand experience really helped make the story better. The design of how she presented each of the street artists and the chronological way of history made it easy to follow along throughout the story made the design of the story stronger.

The second source I am using is the blog post, “Want black students to feel at home? Don’t ignore the little things.” The thesis of the story was about how small details about Cambridge University are effecting the black students and their college environment. It shows how some things are not well provided around the university like a barbershop for black students so they can have the look they want to enhance the college experience. The variety of resources shown throughout the article gave a good amount of information Cambridge University can do to help black students do better. It talks about hiring more black academics and highlight contributions of people of color instead of just looking at how white people contributed to the university. It is kind of biased from personal opinions given on the situation. It does provide a first hand experience of a Cambridge University student who is black going through these experiences though. Overall, the thesis of how the little things affect a black students experience is exemplified throughout the article with and is provided in a concise way showing what black students need to be more successful.