In looking through my backpack, I found that while my textbooks had multimodal texts, the most interesting ones were the applications on my phone. I use these apps every day and I never really noticed how many different modes of communication they use. I found that most of the reference apps, like DailyHoroscope and Merriam-Webster Dictionary only used two modes– visual and linguistic. The social media apps often include four to five modes of communication. This makes sense because on these apps, people are putting their lives on display and in communicating exactly what that life should look, it’s important to use as many modes as possible. Another thing that surprised me was how my packet of BIgRed gum used linguistic and visual modes to draw in consumers. I think after this dig I’ll be more aware of the modes I see around me and how I should use them to my benefit.