Up to this point in the course, you have focused on the

Up to this point in the course, you have focused on the academic process of researching, evaluating sources, and writing an exploration document that is mostly for you and your instructor. This week, you started to look into evaluating your audience for a presentation and considering how you might tailor your writing or speaking to fit a specific audience. What challenges does trying to communicate your analysis of a work of art, literature, or music present? In your post, describe a time you had to explain the impact of a song, television show, book, movie, or some other work from the humanities to someone who was not familiar with the work.
In your post, make sure you answer the following questions:
How did explaining the impact of the work go?
What challenges arose?
How did your explanation change based on your audience’s education level, age, gender, cultural background, relationship to you, and so on?
As you respond to your peers, pick one example of something being described (e.g., a song, TV show, book, or movie) that you are unfamiliar with. What kind of explanation could have helped you (the audience) understand its impact? Why?
PEER #1
There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide on your audience and how to properly communicate to them. One time in particular I can remember is when I was trying to explain one of my favorites books from childhood to my best friend. The book is called Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and it is a book we read in my freshman year of high school.  The 1992 novel explains hidden cultural biases that drive modern civilization and explores ethics, sustainability, and global catastrophe. The book is written in interview style between a man and a gorilla who speaks sign language. The book opened my eyes to a lot of biases and huge impacts man has on the world and how we often view our story in a very narrow perspective. I remember trying to explain this book to someone, it is very hard to explain a lot of the subject matter in detail, while also explaining that a gorilla speaking sign language is delivering these deep and thoughtful insights. My best friend isn’t much of a reader or philosophical thinker, so trying to explain this novel was hard. I had to simplify a lot of information and skip over a lot of detail to get the main points down and explain the theme as simply as I could. I tried to cater it in a way he would find interesting, such as relating it to movies/tv shows he likes since he is more into that type of media. At the end of my explanation, he was interested in reading, and now says this is one of his favorite books! (If you have never heard of or read this novel, I cannot recommend it enough!)
I hope to use similar techniques when explaining my chosen humanities pieces to my audience. I hope to simplify when needed and get my message across as clearly and precisely as possible without overwhelming them with information. Keeping your audience in mind is key to a good paper! I don’t see too many challenges describing my pieces as they touch on very current and modern themes that still apply today.
PEER #2
I regularly have to explain movies and songs to my seven-year-old daughter. Sometimes it is relatively easy enough to help her understand, other times she just continues to ask “why?’ and I have to resort to “you will understand when you are older”. One song that sticks out in memory is the song “Too Much Love Will Kill You” by Queen. My oldest daughter, who is now fifteen is a big fan of the band, mostly because of my wife. I think she was maybe eight or nine years old when she asked me what he meant in the song, and how too much love could kill you. This was tough to explain to her at the time, not because she couldn’t grasp the concepts of Freddie having AIDS and only so long to live when he wrote the song. I think mainly it was difficult because I was trying to explain the circumstances surrounding the song in a context she could understand at her age without getting too far into the details of how someone gets the virus and so on. I explained that Freddie had gotten very ill, and he had received the deadly illness from a relationship. I think that finding the right verbiage and examples based on the audiences age and education level is very important. The persons relationship to you also matters because I may not take the time to explain something like that to someone else’s child and would say it is better for them to ask their parents to explain. We have to be cognoscente of where certain boundaries lie and try to work within those confines to the best of our abilities.

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