Milwaukee is a historic city with many buildings that were built with the classic 'cream city' bricks, Although in recent years the city has prioritized parking spaces over visual appeal. That is what the article 'These buildings were demolished for soulless surface parking spaces' by Jason McDowell focuses on in their article. According to the DNS (Department of Neighborhood Services) buildings built prior to 1929 are protected and cannot be demolished. Although this is a nice feature that protects many historic buildings, many buildings after that time period have been demolished and replaced. This is discussed in McDowell's article, how the soul is being removed from Milwaukee. The way this topic is discussed is in a slightly disheartening tone. It is saddening to know that so many beautiful buildings were demolished to make room for parking lots that most will never use due to the price. McDowell carries this tone across the article that what lost can not be restored, although new buildings made can emulate this older style. Although the problem is that many people don't agree on which style to follow, although it's safe to say that Milwaukee is going for a more modern feel. Driving through the third ward is a confusing mix of historic architecture and a random modern skyscraper sprinkled in with random parking lots. McDowell captures this weird feeling well in lines such as "Nobody looks at a parking lot and says, "That is beautiful," nor do travelers book their vacation plans based on the aesthetics and convenience of parking lots.". It's a funny take that makes the reader realize the irony of having so many empty lots litter the city.
Todd Mrozinski's Voice
A writers voice is very important to making an article interesting. A writers voice is how they word things to make the reading interesting enough to keep you interested. Everyone is different, having different ways of wording things tailored to their style. Todd Mrozkinski is a writer who describes many topics within the arts, his voice in doing so is very beautiful. The articles we were assigned is about nature. The way Mrozkinski describes things has a very poetic feel due to the depth of description. It makes the reader realize the magic of going out to nature and seeing all that's around, giving you a small window into what he sees. Describing paintings as mountains of clay-like paint gives the reader a good idea in their head about what Mrozkinski was looking at.
News Articles Analysis
There are several ways that people can get the news today. Many news articles share key differences that can draw in different people and ages depending on their client base. The three websites I chose to compare are Teen Vouge and CNN. Two very different client bases are bound to have several differences, here are a few that were noted.
-Many articles based on advice
-Much more breathable design
-Article tries to be more relatable to a feminine teenage crowd
-More news based on celebrities
This website often focuses on news that the younger crowd would find interesting and keep them reading. This often centralizes on the future, celebrates, and ways to form your personality. Within all of this the website has a clean user friendly design that is easy to navigate. An article I looked at was "82 Best Dorm Toom Essentials to Make Small Living Places on Campus Feel More Like Home". This article was giving advice to graduating teenagers on what to stock their dorm room with. Although this article is mainly just suggestions it is to be noted that many of the items are at a higher price point that many starting college students would not be able to afford. The article gives it's best reasoning as to why you need many of these items while keeping things brief. College is something that most teens are thinking about and writing a topic about this is something that would draw many in.
-Tackles darker topics and discusses them
-More centered on politics
-More compact design
-Appeals to a more general crowd
-Focuses on todays news
-Has light hearted content on a separate page
CNN is a news network that many turn to to get the news of the world as it is. CNN often looks at much more dark topics that more chipper news cites tend to avoid. Although this doesn't mean that there isn't anything lighthearted on the website. There are more optimistic articles, although they are a bit more buried than the headlines about death or war. An article I looked at was titled "How a small musical about a Black queer theater usher became the toast of Broadway". This article was a nice look at the life of an actor and how they grew to be where they are. CNN typically has an older follower base most interested in politics, so it is nice to bring a black queer artist to the spotlight. The article goes into depth about their achievements and sprinkling quotes from an interview in. Reading this article was quite inspiring and encouraging to be who you are and follow your dreams.
-More local culture based
-Top headlines are based on sports
-Friendly for locals looking for something to do and tourists
-Not much news on politics or other world events
-Primarily experience based
-Aimed towards young adults and up
The final website, On Milwaukee, is a great guide to Milwaukee and what to do when you have free time within the city. For anyone who is interested on exploring Milwaukee or just wants to get out during the weekend, this website is a great start. This article also gives small businesses a chance to shine and gain a bit more business. An article I looked at was "100 things to do in Milwaukee this summer". This article gives some good general advice for those looking for some fun in the sun or for something to eat. This article was on the front page despite that summer is coming to an end and some of the events were either temporary or are infeasible given the colder weather coming up. A lot of the restaurants on the list are still great options for those looking for something to try. At the time the article was published in July, the things on this list have a little bit for everyone.
A senior at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design majoring in Illustration, primarily working on illustrating in a cartoon style and designing patterns.