As a brief overview, I looked through an article written by Jason Ward on a couple of artists who create “mecha” toys/models and how they connect to his own work as an Industrial Design student. The article analyzes both the methods used to create these mecha models and the reasoning behind the artists want to create them.
Overall, his article is fairly short and to-the-point, as Molly Snyder claims online articles should be. Ward’s intro paragraph introduces the idea quickly, and the next paragraph then gives even just a little more information relevant to the rest of the article. Ward also keeps his paragraphs short, with maybe only three sentences max per paragraph.
Ward also makes use of “the Active Voice”. He directly states what the person is doing, rather than passively going about the action. Throughout the article, Ward also makes use of a few hyperlinks, linking you to pages relevant to the topic at hand.
In total, Ward makes use of the aspects brought up by Molly Snyder well. It is a short/to-the-point article, that gets its primary ideas across quickly and also makes use of brief paragraphs that efficiently say what is wanted to be gotten across.
Jason McDowell, on OnMilwaukee, took a look at the change of Milwaukee in particular, and how many buildings have been replaced merely by surface parking lots. His exploration of this idea explains how Milwaukee has lost something with the replacement of many buildings with surface lots. Through much of the article, McDowell goes through some of the aspects of architecture, and how the buildings were interesting. In doing this, he also gives image reference of what the building looked like, and the barren parking space that now occupies that space.
His writing encapsulates this idea of personality being taken away from the city in doing this quite well; “It removes the three-dimensional history and replaces it with a flat surface that can only hold two states: empty or littered”. These older buildings that have since been razed had personality to them. There was an interest built up by seeing buildings of three dimensions elevated into the skyline of Milwaukee. This interest has since deteriorated as those spaces are now occupied only by surface lots that either have cars filling them or are empty.
McDowell obviously believes that the move to more surface parking in lieu of many of these buildings is not a particularly good one, for a couple of reasons. The most prominent reason in his writing is that the space loses interest and three dimensionality. Another point he makes, however, is that the expanse of parking also brings forth more desire to use personal vehicles rather than making use of public transit in Milwaukee. He definitely set out to identify this idea as a problem, and I am at least personally inclined to agree.
Todd Mrozinski, as an artist and art writer, focuses heavily on the natural world. This shows through in his writing, Portrait Society Show Packs Emotional Punch, where he compares even the more abstract painting to landscape. There is also obvious connection to the first artist in this writing, as he directly painted plants and flowers, be them imaginative or real. Even in the last part of this writing, he compares the vigor of piano play to that of “a seed pushing through soil”.
Mrozinski continues his relation to nature through his writing in “The Power of Great Paintings” as well, although maybe slightly more subdued. When looking at Jean-Simeon Chardin’s “A Bowl of Plums”, Mrozinski compares the still life to that of a landscape; “The haziness of the vase contour behind the sharpness of the peach creates space like a distant mountain range on a foggy day”. He also compares Paul Cezannes’s “Self Portrait” to a mountain, but this time in terms of paint strokes; “The clay-like paint is pushed, smeared and built like the mountain, Mount Sainte-Victoire…”.
Mrozinski, as developed previously, has a deep connection to the natural world, and conveys this through both his own artworks and his writing. Much of his personal work is depictions of natural scenes or plants, and his writing often refers back to nature and aspects of nature. This is Mrozinski’s voice, both in art and writing.
To start of with, I took a look at a couple of different sites (OnMilwaukee, Shepherd Express, and the Vulture) that looked at cultural news and explored some of how they are composed. For the most part, I focused on the formal construction of the pages. Taking a brief overview of some articles, I made notice that there is typically relevant imagery or video included throughout the piece, both giving visual context and splitting up the text. In many cases, there were also quotes highlighted outside of the main body text, such as one would typically find in traditional written articles. I also found that a lot of them are not particularly long; not saying they are particularly short either, though.
Then, looking more at the content itself, I found that much of the writing is not necessarily factual information but often opinionated. This may not be true for every article on these sites, but true for many. There are, of course, still factual statements given throughout the articles, but it is a mix of fact and opinion. In some cases, the article would also recount first person experiences (i.e., something watched – a movie for example – or something experienced – maybe a concert). So, overall, there were a few key points I found between the articles/sites I explored and a few points as to how they differ from typical news articles/sites.