In the article written by Derek Mueller called “Grasping Rhetoric and Composition by Its Long Tail: What Graphs Tell Us about the Field’s Changing Shape” it talks about the research that was conducted over a time period of the past 25 years of the “College Composition and Communication”. The CCC is a journal of research that has 25 years of cited research. The article also demonstrates “an application of distant reading methods to present different patterns.” Mueller also talks about how graphs can be used as distant reading. In distant reading he means that the graphs allow us to see different perspectives of something that is changing. Similar to the Mueller article, media outlets utilize graphs to express emerging trends like the rise and fall of print digital media among various generations.
Mueller talks about how graphs are used to explain changes or some type of phenomenon. In the article he says that graphs allow us to see the changes that have occurred over time. Mueller says that graphs show us that as the field of technical communication has become bigger the number of sources being sited has decreased. This shows that the field was changing. Mueller uses “graphs as a means of articulating different perspectives on the changing nature” of the CCC.(207) Also the graphs give a visual representation of the research that was conducted over the last 25 years, which makes it easier for the reader to understand.
Mueller also mentions the use of the Long Tail and how it relates to his research. “The Long Tail” was written by Chris Anderson and “The Long Tail” “is an extended inquiry into the phenomenon of these market niches—how they work, how digital circulation stimulates them, and how they have fundamentally challenged more conventional storefront economics.” For short the Long Tail shows the change of something that is going on by having a visual representation. Also the Long Tail shows the main point that Mueller is talking about, which is showing the dwindling of citations as the field keeps growing in the last 25 years. Also the Long Tail shows a curve which shows an increase then a dramatic decrease in the number of citations as the field is growing.
Similar to the Mueller article the research done by The Pew Research group shows what Mueller is talking about. The Pew Research group which does work for www.peoplepress.org shows how we consume many forms of news based on the use of the internet and our age.The research was counted during from 1991-2012. The graph shows a phenomenon which is an increase in newspaper consumption than a decrease as the internet becomes bigger.
It shows the curve that Mueller is talking by showing that as the field has become bigger our the way we consume the news has gotten smaller based on age. The older generations are mostly likely it consume news from newspaper, TV and radio, while the young would get their news from the internet. Also the graph shows a dramatic decrease in how less the young are informed about the. This is one example that explains what Mueller talks about trends that are happening g by graphing all the research that was collected and putting in format that will make it easier for others to understand.
The Mueller article shows the shift in the trends in citation similar to the trends of media and news consumption. Graphs can interpret confusing or hard information visually so that someone can understand. Graphs can show trends by having a curve. The curve shows the increase and the decrease of a changing trend in this case it would be the number of people being cited. Similar to the Mueller article is how we consume media because the are differences between the older and the younger generations.The results from these trends can tell us what the future holds.