The first component presents the remix itself, offering narrative sequences that highlight particular aspects of the texts and writers that are our focus. The second component is our interactive prototype, a data source annotation tool that foregrounds relevant geographical and temporal elements as well as the original context of relevant source materials.

This interactive prototype emphasizes the temporal and geographical elements limiting and shaping any literacy scene (Royster; Gold) in an attempt to solve a problem common to writing researchers; local writers and their texts are largely situated by other relevant local texts generated and circulated at a particular time and place, but rarely are literate interactions entirely local in origin or effect (Brandt and Clinton). RRT builds upon digital media's capacity to link by offering information layers beyond the linear narrative of the documentary itself that situate the stories within the much broader rhetorical, historical, scholarly, and geographical contexts.

Artifacts & Permissions

The remix makes extensive use of archival materials. The Audio-, Video-, and Image-Source fields provide complete citation information for all the source content included in the remix along with permissions for each individual use.  In other words, we provide the information researchers need to access the original and remixers need to determine creative rights associated with each artifact (Public Domain, Fair Use, Creative Commons).

Context, Maps, and Timeline

The Context fieldoffers additional interpretations and related information that expands the narrative of the remix outward in ways most relevant to the artifacts presented. The interactive Google Map communicates key information about the origins of the artifact itself, the literacy practices represented, or even the lived experiences of the agents involved. The Timeline features key events related to the interpretation, drawing together local events alongside national and global ones of note.

DSA Demo

We offer two demonstrations of the DSA framework.

The DSA demonstrated in the trailer (1:03 minutes) offers extensive commentary regarding what each of the designated fields is designed to do for users. We approach this as a "meta" version of the DSA framework. 

The second demonstration frames the complete documentaryr (18:06 minutes) to illustrate the ways researchers might actually use RRT to communicate additional information layers. The first section (00:00-2:14) populates all eight fields with information most relevant to the local literacy scenes featured. Audio-, video-, and image- fields are populated throughout the video, including all associated permissions.