Something from the active reading that I noticed was a very important part of this chapter was how Thomas Jefferson set up the Declaration of Independence to make the people of the United States aware of the importance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The piece of writing that I have chosen to respond to would be the First Things First 2000 Manifesto. The purpose of this writing is to describe how in todays world, people view graphic designers as people who just have a career to design and then commercialize to sell, and this manifesto describes how it makes the graphic designers feel to be viewed that way. Yes, I think this manifesto was very effective because I have thought of graphic design before and thought that was what a job was like . . . but the graphic designees who signed this, steered me in the other direction in a good way. What is used as evidence is going back to the year 1964, to share that this has been going on for awhile and that they want there skills as designers to be put to good use. The writing is at its best in this quote, "Consumerism is running uncontested; it must be challenged by other perspectives expressed, in part, through the visual languages and resources of design." This shows what they are truly trying to share here in this manifesto.