EDC 534 LEAP #1: Critically Analyzing a Mentor Text
February 14, 2019
For my first Digital Authorship project, I needed to find a mentor text and analyze and interpret its content. I chose a Mazda car commercial I had recently seen while watching TV one night after my son and husband had gone to bed. Typically, when they go to bed and the house is "mine", I work on my knitting and watch all the shows I have collected on my DVR. This list of shows usually involves some "reality" content that is inappropriate for a 2 year old and of NO interest to my husband (think: Real Housewives of ANYWHERE). While I enjoy the benefit of fast-forwarding through commercials, sometimes my hands are (literally) full with my knitting so some commercial content sneaks through. I remember vaguely listening for the commercials to be over as I counted stitches and stopping short in disbelief. Did that just say what I thought it said? was my initial thought. So I rewound the footage. Yep. It sure did. Mazda was using the phrase "Flee That Nest". I knew I had to dig deeper into this message.
I created the following screencast offering my interpretation of the messages involved in this mentor text. I have also included the original ad without commentary for your viewing pleasure.