Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pop Culture Writing

The article Writing In The Social Sciences starts off with a basic definition of what the “socials ciences” are. She then goes on the give some topics and very briefly tells us what the main focus/purpose of our writing for social sciences should be. She then goes out to give us a detailed outline of how the text should be formatted and goes on to explain each part even further all while adding examples, tips and other information to give us a deep understanding out what writing for the social sciences means. For example; The first section deals with the introduction and thesis and is titled “This paper challenges...” she gives examples and outlines of how to present two different arguments (agreement and disagreement) with the “they say” and “I say” perspectives. The rest of the piece outlines how to proceed while keeping your stance and ideas clear and supported through out the essay with even more templates.

This style of writing is the type we have been using in class. It makes sense since this is a pop culture class are rather then writing about concrete topics to an audience of scholars and doctors; we are instead writing about things that would fall into the social category (novels, movies, TV shows, music ect.) The scientific part comes when we further analyze our chosen topic. The format that Ackerman presents us with is pretty much the exact same format we have been using for our papers (especially the final) and to a lesser extent blogs in class. To me, this chapter was showing a basic “fill in the blank” essay format that one could then fill as needed with the content the other chapters of the book thought us to include. I don't think it differs all to much to be honest. I can say this chapter was a nice wrap up to the writing process I have been both in class and though the rest of the book.  


  1. I completely agree with you this chapter was kind of like a guideline. And i didn't really make the connection but we have been addressing social topics within class and it just helps tie everything together.

  2. Some of you are definitely addressing social science topics on your final papers, but I'm glad you see that the way you make an argument is the same regardless of the format :-)

  3. collette i dont know how else to get intouch with you but can you help me out with something???