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ENGL 420 Final Project

For my final project I decided to expand upon my social media project rather than my podcast. This was a hard decision for me, but I did not have a quiet space to record over the past few weeks. This is because I’ve had to run back and forth between my parent’s house and school because of a family emergency. We have 4 dogs at home, so every time I tried to record, there was always barking or growling that you could hear. So I am not as proud of this final project as I should be.

So that is why I went with furthering my social media project. No sound was needed, and I was able to do a mock form of people who are in Multi-Level Marketing. Like in my original project, I based this off of those posts that you see women on Facebook post constantly. As to add onto the project, I created another new Discord server and had two people making posts and interacting, rather than my original girl Jessica all by herself. She also has started a new MLM for this final project, and has left Lularoe for Arbonne. I wanted to show the manipulation tactic of trying to get people to join your “business”. I decided to upload the photos in a screenshot style. I did this because of receipt culture and this is how most posts are uploaded on Reddit, where I read a lot of these conversations. You can also see that once Ashley is recruited, she starts using all these emojis that she never had during their recruiting conversation. It’s apart of MLMs to overuse these emojis like how Jess does.

Just scroll below this post to see the story unfold, and thank you for viewing!

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Final Project Proposal

For my final project, I think I want to expand on my MLM podcast. For the original project, I focused on MLM during the pandemic, and at the end talked about care packages that are basically a scam. Dr. Sherwood had left a comment on my project asking if there was any evidence to this, which I have seen Instagram lives and Facebook posts of consultants wanting to do this. I figured I could do a whole podcast segment committed to this, and within the podcast post have screenshots and links to where I found this information.

These care packages actually help the consultant get a promotion due to the amount of product that was bought for them, so they are lying when they say that they are doing this out of the good of their hearts. I would also like to fix the sound issue I had with background music vs my voice, and balance it out correctly. So the podcast for the final project would be longer than five minutes.

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MLM Podcast

Here is my podcast project that I have been working on! The site that I used to edit my audio is https://beautifulaudioeditor.appspot.com/ and I found it to be by far the best editor I could find. All the apps on the Google Play Store did not come close to this editor. So I had to record on an app, and then go from there.

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Hypertext: Week 3

The hypertext I chose to read about was “my body – a Wunderkammer” by Shelley Jackson. When you first begin, you are presented not only with an image, but sound as well. Honestly the sound freaked me out a little bit, so I quickly clicked onto the next page!

Here is where we can venture off into different parts of the body, literally. The image presented is a diagram of the female body. Here you can click onto any part and be brought into a different story. I first clicked on hips since that is what stood out to me. She tells us that she has hips like a boys, then proceeds to tell us a story. Within each story you can click a link which will bring you to a different body part!

It took me awhile to get through each one, as sometimes I was brought back to a part that I had previously visited. I think Jackson did a great job with being able to continuously loop her memoir again and again. Oddly enough, I always ended back on the breasts page. I only ventured back to hips one time in my expedition.

This helped me see what hypertext is really capable of. It is still a very confusing world to me, even though the definition of hypertext is simple enough: Hypertexts consist of separate pieces of text connected by links. Jackson’s piece helped me see that these links do not have to come to an end. They can lead you right back to the beginning or in the middle.

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Sailor Moon

Some kind of text.