We live in a digitized world. Whether it's the constant glitter of iPhones reflecting on the faces of our friends and loved ones, or the relentlessly convenient status updates we receive on Facebook, there is scant escape from the many screens that comprise our lives. But isn't this what progress looks like? In this class we will examine a series of arguments about the causes and consequences of digital culture, ranging from the effects of television to the significance of Facebook. Sherry Turkle, Steven Johnson, and Jonathan Franzen are a few of the writers we will read, but the menu is diverse. The main goal of this course will be to acquaint students with argumentative writing through multiple stages. Class meetings will include discussion of reading material, weekly writing assignments, and peer-review designed to develop attention to audience, self-assessment, and revision skills. By the end of the semester, students will be ready to write an 8-10 page research paper on a topic of their choosing.
I can do a 5 or 6 page report though if I have the time and patience. But never a freakin 10 page paper. I would run out of stuff to write about for research
I don't think I've ever written a 10 page paper.
Why is it so difficult to predict the future? Why are so many of our visions of the future—from moon colonies to flying cars—likely to go unrealized? And how do new innovations that once seemed remarkable or impossible—such as satellites, cellular phones and video chatting—become so commonplace that we take them for granted? Often, our visions of the future not only express our hopes and dreams, but also describe the world we currently inhabit. As such, historical perspectives on the future become useful for understanding the past. In this class we will investigate the relationships between technological and social change by examining ideas about the future from the early nineteenth century through the present. Engaging with theoretical texts, popular readings, films and advertisements, we will build skills in analysis, interpretation and argumentation and students will utilize, short writing exercises, self-assessment, peer review, and revision, to craft several short papers and one 8-10 page research paper.