I’ve always liked the combination of words and images to make a point. That might be why I like manga so much… and memes so much. The latter is what first comes to mind when I hear “multimodality.” Kress talks about modes being influenced by culture and it seems to work both ways. Memes have influenced culture to such an extent that this [not satirical??] event is happening: https://www.theurbanlist.com/sydney/a-list/our-jimmies-are-rustled-theres-a-meme-festival-coming-to-australia. Our culture has become so well-versed in memery that people have to ask how to cite them as sources now (it’s the same as citing an image on the web btw… this is so obvious to me now -_-). One can walk down a hall at any school and see kids laughing about some overused Bad Luck Brian-esque shit. Talk show hosts ask people who have been used in viral memes to appear on their shows. So much meme-based paraphernalia can now be purchased. Memes have come to define internet culture in ways that surpass troll boards (which are now filled with memes in excess). It all makes me wonder if there will be some sort of meme museum someday.
Though most of my experience with multimodality is probably related to meme-spamming anyone unfortunate enough to be friends with me, I’ve always preferred assignments that allow for a variety of modes (unlike the dry and pointless essays I have been writing all week!!). After a bit of searching, I was able to locate these tumblr assignments I forgot to delete after they were graded: https://smallpoxwitchcraft.tumblr.com, https://woolfwomenwork.tumblr.com. The first one was for Early American Lit and the second was for Rhetoric. Tumblr is just my default for projects that are supposed to be creative/on the internet. Unlike most of the assignments I’ve had throughout my life, posting shit on tumblr just doesn’t feel like a chore.
You know how books with pictures were more fun to read when you were a kid (or now if you’re me)? I think the appeal of the word/image combo has something to do with that; it’s less boring.