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AlexaWinn
MattWilson
Writing2
7December,2015
WP3FinalPortfolioDraft
Technologyistakingover.Theuseofcellphones,computersandsocialmedia
haveloweredinterpersonalcontactbutfacilitatedcommunicationbetweenpeoplewhom
otherwisewouldnttalk.Technologyhastheabilityofreachingawideaudienceof
people.Theabstractoftheacademicjournalarticle,ComplexityinBiological
Anthropologyin2011:Species,Reproduction,andSocialitybyKristiL.Lewton
summarizeshowresearchdonein2011wascommunicatedthroughtheinternetandother
outletsinordertoengagemorepeopleinthesubject.Academicjournalsoftenfailto
communicateimportantinformationbecauseauthorshavetroubleconnectingwiththose
newtothesubject.Inordertofulfillitspurpose,ItranslatedLewtonsacademicjournal
intoastorybooksoitcouldbecomprehensibletoreadersages5to100yearsold.
Academicjournalsarecollectionsofpeerreviewedwritingintendedformembers
ofacertaindiscipline,ordiscoursecommunity.Theyoftenservethepurposeof
communicatingorcritiquingresearchfindings.However,writersoftenuseadrystyleof
writingwithcomplicatedwords.Lewtonwrites,Majorsubjectsofbioanthropological
researchin2011includenewdevelopmentsinunderstandingancienthomininspecies
andarchaicHomopopulationhistories;thephysiological,neurological,andsocialeffects
ofmatingandreproducinginbothhumansandnonhumanprimates;andtheevolutionof

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primatesocialityandhumancooperation(Lewton1).Jargonuniquetothecommunity,
likearchaichomopopulation,confusepeoplenotinthediscoursecommunity.
ThereforeIchosetotranslatethegenreintoastorybook.
Animportantconventiontothestorybookgenreisaplotandmaincharacter.The
plotofmystorybookhastodowithananthropologistnamedNevmakingapromiseto
learnmoreaboutthingsthatinterestedhim,succeedinghisgoal,andsharingitwiththe
world.SimilartotheargumentofLewtonspaper,Inclosing,thisarticledemonstrates
thenaturalextensionofourscholarlyresearchtomodernsocialnetworksandillustrates
howtheymayactasaplatformbywhichtoincreaseinterdisciplinaryengagementandto
highlightthecomplex,widereaching,andinnovativeresearchthatourfieldcontributes
tosociety(Lewton1).NevisananexampleoftheanthropologistsLewtonalludestoin
herjournal.KeepingthestorybookandLewtonsacademicjournalasclosetothetruth
wasmymaingoal,butwasnotalwayspossible.
Extraelementswereaddedinorderforthestorytomakesenseandbeeasily
understoodbymydiverseaudience.Mymaincharacterisascientist,hewasoriginally
goingtobeananthropologistbutIchangedhislabeltoascientist.Mostpeoplehave
heardofanthropologistsbutdontknowwhattheydo.Itseemslikeitcompletely
changesthemessageofLewtonsjournal,butsometimesanthropologistsworkwith
scientificthingslikebonesandDNA.Thisqualifiesthemtobescientists.Ialsochanged
researchtolearningmoreaboutwhathelikes.Youngchildrenwouldntunderstandthe
conceptofresearchbecauseithasntbeentaughttothemintheirelementaryscience
classes.

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AtcertainpartsofthebookIaddedadditionalexplanationtoLewtonsvague
ideas.Lewtondoesntspecifywhyresearchishardtocommunicatetoawideaudience
andassumesthereaderwillunderstand.Weseethiswhenshesays,...thisarticle
demonstratesthenaturalextensionofourscholarlyresearchtomodernsocialnetworks
andillustrateshowtheymayactasaplatformbywhichtoincreaseinterdisciplinary
engagement(Lewton1).Shedoesntexplainwhatthemodelsocialnetworksareand
whytheyareused.ThatswhyIaddedasectionthatsaid,Sadly,peoplenowadaysdont
readbooksandusetheInternettoomuch.Ispecifiedthatoneofthesocialnetworksis
theInternet.Peoplecaneasilyunderstandandrelatetothisbecauseitseasierreading
aboutresearchifaninterestingarticlepopsupinsomeonesFacebooknewsfeedbecause
itisamouseclickaway.
AssoonasIchosetowriteastorybook,Ibeganplanningthestorythrougha
storyboard.ScottMcLouds,WritingwithPictures,helpedmeplantheprocessof
translating.Anespeciallyhelpfulgraphonpage132,helpedmethroughtheprocessof
mappingoutmychildrensbookbyvisuallyorganizedthestepsofcreatingastructured
essay.Forchoiceofmoment,Iselectedthingstowriteaboutinthestorybookand
interpretedchoiceofframeasthevariouswaystotranslate.Choiceofimagewas
choosingillustrationstoconveythemessageoftheacademicjournal.Thenforchoiceof
word,itwastheprocessoftranslatingtheoriginalwordstosimplerchildlike
language.Finallyforchoiceofflow,Ithoughtofitascreatingmyowncharactersand
makingastorythatfitsboththeacademicjournalandchildrensbook.

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There are negative and positive aspects to technology. For the scientific research
community, it has helped spread the results to a wider audience to make the world a
better place. In the process of writing my own childrens book, I learned how to think like
a writer and make well thought out choices in order for my storybook to be understood by
a wide audience.