The Predictable Frequency of Visual/Designed Text

The delightful morning rays of sunshine had not yet made my acquaintance as I continued to encompass the warmth of my blankets. My morning routine is strictly habitual on the weekends—open eyes, check the clock, turn around, and fall back asleep until noon. After the initial awakening process is complete, I drowsily grab my iPhone and begin to browse my favorite internet pastime, Reddit. I was able to encounter numerous texts while residing in relaxation. The first post (mildly inappropriate) that I came across made me laugh until I cried. It was glorious.

Reddit - TIFU Eng 224

Not only did this post hold the undeniable effects of boisterous laughter, but also a formidable design scheme of text. The top of the website has reliable links to different Subreddits, as well as an eye-catching title and illustration for viewers. On the right-hand side of the page, there are different texts to provide an introduction to the Reddit community, regulations, notes, moderators, and advertisements (not all present in the screenshot). Based on a 2011 Reddit survey, the majority of the audience are male adults from the age of 18-24. This explains the neutrality of the specific web page and the chosen advertisements.

I came across an additional visual text when I browsed a popular “trolling” website (also known as a news satire organization), The Onion. At this point, I was pretty much on a role with reading hilarious articles. In this instance, it was “Johnson & Johnson Introduces ‘Nothing But Tears’ Shampoo To Toughen Up Newborns.” This lovely commentary screams irony and exaggeration. It’s fantastic. The Onion’s demography is similar to Reddit’s. It is mainly advertised to adult males. The article had a hysterical photograph of a crying kid with my favorite quote of the day, “Because it’s never too early to grow the hell up.” Obviously, I do not encourage the act of intentionally making children cry with the burning sensation of shampoo, but regardless, it’s funny. The website has a stereotypical design for news—fictional and non-fictional—publication with top headlines, most popular stories, recent news, and advertisements. The additional articles that are highlighted for the audience to read as they scroll down the page are all similar in topic to the original article—in this case, children.

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Lastly, in my journey of internet hysterics, I came across an article titled, “Missing Missy” on the website 27bslash6. This was not a typical site that I normally visit, but I had recently discovered it while browsing Reddit and decided to give it a shot. Ha, it was the best decision that I made all day. The format of the web page was a bit confusing at first, but I caught on quickly. The article was a series of correspondence between David Throne (the website creator) and his secretary via email. The satire was so intense—I can’t even begin to describe this prized jewel of the internet. Regarding the textual design, however, it had a unique format. There were links on either side of the page and a tastefully bland color scheme. In general, the website appeared to be solely focused on self-promotion, considering there were only advertisements for their own articles.

Reddit - 27bslash6 Eng 224

These were only a few of the visual texts that I encountered. Here is a complete list:

  •      Advertisements on social media
  •      Advertisements on popular websites
  •      YouTube promotions
  •      Hulu commercial breaks
  •      Pop-ups from online news articles
  •      Promotional advertisements for companies
  •      Bumper sticker signifying a cat owner
  •      Sign in Tim Horton’s informing audience of free WiFi
  •      Sale emails from clothing stores
  •      Pandora radio advertisements
  •      Netflix television show title screens
  •      Google suggested webpages

Overall, I discovered quite a few digital texts that Sunday afternoon. And of course, instead of having a productive day, I lazed around and procrastinated due to the catastrophic effects of the internet.

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