Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Break Homework!

I know, I know! But it's fairly simple, and you can safely wait till the last minute to do it ;-)

Read either Ch. 13 ("Writing in the Sciences" or 14 ("Writing in the Social Sciences") in They Say / I Say. Then, for our last blog of the semester, summarize your chosen chapter and explain how writing in the field you chose to read about differs from some of the writing we've done this semester.

As always, the blog will be do Sunday by midnight, and comments are due before class!

Aside from that, I suggest continuing your work on your drafts!

Enjoy your break!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Even more clear

Christian Joppke, “Multiculturalism and Immigration,” the phenomenon trying to find equal rights for ethnic, racial, religious, or sexually defined groups- is the most dangerous topic in academics. Multiculturalism has become a movement of the left because of its insistence in emancipation. Yet its argument of particularistic- uniquely defined groups, deviates multiculturalism from the universal school of thought of the left movement. That is, it again enters the arenas conduct by the political rights.what Joppke means here is that since multicultural society conveys that members congregate depending on the communal interest, those groups do not overlap on top of each other. Therefore, the society is deem as independently exclusive, which exclude participants that are out of their range  of interest. Nevertheless, Joppke is less concerned with the negative portion, and rather he pushes the best of multiculturalism as modern, for it includes distinct comers with similar interest.    

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Meta-What now ? Metacommentary looks like a scary word because of all the letters, but it's not that bad. It's basically a commentary on your main idea. For example: Twerking has become the latest dance craze amongst young girls. 
The movements of the dance is provocative and inappropriate for little girls. My main idea was about twerking. In the next sentence I tried to persuade my readers to think that twerking was bad. Metacommentary is useful when trying to elaborate on the main idea. It gives the author a chance to elaborate and clarify the main idea of the writing.
     "The Word "nigga" is only for slaves and sambos: There's a hellava price to be paid when the word "nigga" is used as a term of affection" ,written by Rob Nelson, is about the use of the word by blacks. The title itself is an example of metacommentary. The first part of the title implies that the article will be about the use of the n-word. The second part tells the readers that the use of the word as a term of endearment will be talked about in the article. Metacommentary in the title is beneficial because it gives prospective readers an idea of what your essay would be about. Another use of metacommentary in this article is when Nelson says "  no other word in the English language has remained so racially  explosive. There's just something about those two little syllables strung together that, for most blacks, evokes anger". The  first sentence talks about the racial epithet. The second sentence reinforces the first sentence.
       I had to read the article a couple of times to identify what the metacommentary was. Through out his essay, Ron Nelson was against the use of the n-word, even as a word of endearment. His metacommentary showed it. Most of it was.... Metacommentary is a powerful tool. It shapes how the reader feel about the topic being read.