The original intent of my paper was to explore the relationship of technology and how it shaped the fashion industry. My goal through the research that I was doing was to show how technology positively impacted the fashion industry. What made the structure of this research paper interesting was that I had to find a counter argument as well as a “solution” to the counterargument or the problem at hand. While I did find many positives to technology such as how technology improved the industry through manufacturing and innovation I did find some very clear counterarguments to my arguments. Most of my sub claims were things I already knew about either technology or the fashion industry so the research process was not as extensive for me in that regard.
It did not take a lot for me to find the main sub claims and researching them did not require a lot of digging deep. What I did find hard was finding credible sources that would work for this assignment. Since the fashion industry is not the most scholarly industry finding scholarly articles was a bit difficult for me. That was the most time consuming work for me. Luckily I was able to find scholarly articles on through a google search. Through this project I was not able to use the library data base to find a lot of my sources. Because I could not find a majority of the sources that I wanted through the library online database I was originally very discouraged with my topic. Through the research process I had to be very careful about the wording that I used in the search. The key words that I used could not be exactly what I wanted to find but would eventually lead me to the articles that would work for what I needed them too.
Once I found the sources it was time to make source reviews and create the matrix from there. The source reviews even though were not fun to create at the time ended up being very helpful for me in the long run. The fact that I was able to take the source and summarize the information for how I needed to use it ended up working to my advantage in the long run. What I did not find whatsoever was the matrix. The matrix was supposed to include the strongest sources and have them hit certain criteria in the source review. None of my sources that I used could fit this criterion. I was very frustrating to create and was defiantly one of my weaker assignments. Ultimately because my source reviews and annotated works cited was fairly strong I did not have a strong need to use the matrix.
During the actual writing of the paper was when I truly got a feel for the brunt of the writing process. Creating the sub claim paragraphs were not very hard and this is what I started doing as my first step. I did not start with writing the introduction because I knew if I tried to write the introduction that it would get discouraging for me. I started by creating the sub claims and the headers for each of the paragraphs as my first step. When I started to write my counterargument is when I got a true feel for my paper. With writing the counterargument I had to acknowledge one of my main sub claims. One of my counterarguments is that fast fashion is harmful and not good for the environment. The main claim was that the technology involved in mass production helped to boost the fast fashion industry. This two contradicted each other but I had to include that as one of my counterarguments. This was a big turning point in my paper because it allowed a solution to my counterargument. This solution was sustainability. Sustainable fashion was a great tie in to both my main claim and my counterargument. It supposed my main claim while also being a solution to my counterargument. This was ultimately a great end to my paper.
Now the translation from the research paper to a multimodal project. I was very confused as to how I was going to transition this paper into another representation. My original thought was that I was going to make a collage or a mood board. I felt at first some sort of pressure because it was a more artistic topic so I felt the need to make my project an artistic representation. The mood board is a common project in the fashion industry so I thought that it would tie in well. This on my part was going to require a lot of Photoshop. The more I thought about it the more that idea was becoming unsettling to me. One day it it hit me that I wanted to make a video for my project. I decided I wanted to make a fashion haul because that is a popular video in the age group that I am trying to appeal to on Youtube. I wanted this video to highlight all of my main claims, my counterargument and my solution. I knew I could highlight all of this through a haul video. A fashion haul goes along with one of my main claims of how social media positively impacts the industry by gaining more exposure and making a profit. During the video I was going to highlight the trendy clothing from a fast fashion company specifically Forever 21. I was going to building up the clothing that I showed in the video only to find out on the description on the tag that the products that I brought are actually very harmful to the environment. The girl that is hauling the clothing becomes enlightened that even the clothes she loves that is trendy is in reality not that great. At the end of the video is where the sustainable fashion comes in. This sustainable fashion brand is Patagonia. The tag in the Patagonia jacket talks about how this item is a sustainable option. This video to me is a great way to indirectly talk about my topic that appeals to my audience. It includes all of the important parts of my paper that were then touched on in my video.