Earlier this semester, we read Stephen King’s “Toolbox” for writing. For Monday’s class, you’ve read Nora Ephron’s meditation on revision. For your final response post, reflect on the development of your writing process this semester. Does anything Ephron said resonate with your experience?
For the first person to write a response: respond to Martin’s essay. For every subsequent person to respond: respond to something the last person to post said.
Comment on the types of evidence that Ansari uses to prove his argument. What works for you? What doesn’t? Why?
Choose another word or phrase (for example, “technology,” “knowledge,” “culture,” or “creativity” ) and explore the various connotations and limitations of this word in contemporary use.
Do Carr and Manjoo agree on anything? Is there any common ground between the essays? Where do the essays diverge from this common ground? Explain your reasoning.
Choose one paragraph and explain how it’s working. What moves is Smith using? How is she supporting her points? You can comment on what she’s saying and whether or not you agree, but I also would like you to consider the movements of a paragraph that you think are particularly successful.
Do streaming services have an ethical responsibility to burst “the filter bubble?” Are there types of media (film and tv shows) that everyone should see? Why?
Who do you think King’s audience is? Why? Point to a moment in the text and explain why you think his tone (not simply what he says) suggests a particular audience.
Your response should be 200-300 words. You can respond to my question below, or you’re free to write about whatever you found interesting in the readings.
Wortham distinguishes between “our actual selves” and our online selves while Dollar seems to suggest that we can’t tidily divide our selves into two parts (in person/online). What do you think? Why?
On this website you will find the syllabus for our course, links to most of the readings, and forums for class posts and discussions. To access course materials under the appropriate weekly headings, simply click the link (with the name of the text in blue).
This course is primarily an expository writing course. Although we will be reading for content in addition to technique, our goal here is to make you better writers and thinkers by working through mechanics of structure and argumentation that will be useful not only for the humanities, but for the many fields of study you want to pursue.