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ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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Prompt #17
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Choose a celebrity Twitter page from Celebrity Tweet to examine. Repost several of the celebrity's "tweets" (posts) here and explain what you've observed that this celebrity primarily uses their Twitter for, if you think there's a purpose, and what you think both the celebrity him/herself and his/her readers take away from the experience - if anything.

So tell me who the Twitter-er is (with their url). Copy and paste several of their tweets that you think are representative of the kind of stuff they post. Then analyze!
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Prompt #16
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Where do you see technology going in the next 10 years? How will our methods of communication and entertainment be affected? How do you see it changing already? What would you like to see happen (this can be fantastical/unrealistic)?
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Prompt #15
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The readings for Wednesday offer views of how YouTube and the Internet provide the opportunity for anyone to be a star - or an anti-star. Find a video on YouTube - one that you're already familiar with or something new - that has gained the creator attention (ie. lots of views and comments). What does the video contain? What is its purpose? How does the creator describe the video in the information? What are the responses like? Does the creator respond to the responses and how so?

The video can have to do with anything - from World of Warcraft freakouts to pranks or political manifestos - surf around and see what you find. I'll most likely choose some from your responses to view and discuss in class.
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Prompy #14
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When do you think the line between reality and virtual reality is crossed? When can cyberspace become too real, or too much of a replacement for "real" life? When does the internet become unhealthy or dangerous?

Prompt #13
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Answer one of the following prompts based upon the reading:

"Cyberspace"

1. Woolley uses a lot of "buzz" words and terms and phrases you might not recognize: cyberspace, global village, network, telepresence, etc. Choose two and explain what they mean, as you understand from the reading.

2. What does the discussion of replicators, genotypes, and phenotypes have to do with cyberspace?


"The Cyberpunk"

1. What are some of the "buzz" words and unique or unfamiliar terms that Leary uses? What do they mean to his essay?

2. Can you relate Leary's idea of pilot and TFYQA to society today and how we make use of the internet and other technology?
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Prompt #12
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If Tyler Durden made use of the internet for Fight Club and Project Mayhem, how would he do it? How would he inform and recruit people? How would he give out assignments? How we keep updated with what his group members are up to? Would he be more or less successful and yield similar or different results? How would the story change if conducted this way? Think not so much in terms of Tyler and the narrator as character but Fight Club and Project Mayhem as social groups and movements.
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Prompt #11
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If someone were to tell you that Facebook is a complete waste of time, meaningless, and superficial, how might you argue otherwise? And if you agree, argue your case as well.
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Prompt #10
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Our next unit has to do with internet culture - how it's used, why we use it, what it's good for, and what problems it may pose. Potential topics include: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogging, and viral marketing. I'm open to other suggestions.

I'd like the unit to fit your interests as much as possible. So tell me:

-what do you use the internet for on a daily basis?
-how do you think freedom of speech and expression function on the internet? is it positive or negative?
-what would you be most interested in discussing in class regarding the internet and how we use it?
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Prompt #9
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We talked a little bit about free speech today. Take a minute to think about when free speech is absolutely necessary and when it could be potentially harmful. Give me an example either from history, from the present, or a prediction for the future or near-present. Do you think all people and all messages should have freedom of speech? What about the "harmful" one you've described? Explain.

Prompt #8
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More Disney for you!

This is another YouTube video someone put together, this time exploring racism in Disney. Consider the video in terms of the argument it makes. What is the central argument? How is it supported? Is the video persuasive? Could it have done anything differently to be more successful? Consider both the content of the argument and the actual style and set-up of the video.

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