The Virtual Martin Luther King (vMLK) Project website acts as a comprehensive database covering as many details of the project as possible that help in promoting its use for archival as well as pedagogical purposes. This review looks closely at the work, providing an in-depth analysis of the text and visuals while providing tips for diversifying the pedagogical implications of the project. The limitations of the review lie in the fact that the vMLK project is constantly evolving. That means that the website keeps changing as new developments happen in the project. The review holds true for the time of the publication version. Any changes that happen to the website after the publication date need to be verified. By incorporating different audience experiences, the vMLK project website provides a unique method of teaching and understanding public address. The website does a great job of encapsulating these resources for easy access. This website is a great resource for not just visual rhetoric but also communication, digital rhetoric, public speaking scholars, instructors, researchers, and students.
QA: CITATIONS NEEDED: Luke (2003), Walsh (2010), Hoa, Nelsona & Müeller-Wittigb (2011)
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All images have been taken from the official vMLK website. Permission granted by the creators of the website.
Nupoor Ranade (email@example.com) is currently a doctoral student with a focus on technical communication, usability analysis, data analysis, and rhetorical studies in the artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things domain. She has a background in computer engineering and has earned an MS in technical communication from North Carolina State University. Ranade is interested in exploring the field of human–computer interaction and the role it plays in behavioral studies which impacts pedagogical approach.