Week 10: TSIS

In making a case for the medical use of marijuana, I am not saying that I want to get all teenagers high.

But my argument will do more that prove that one particular industrial chemical has certain toxic properties. In this article, I will also highlight the political aspects of properly distributing such industrial chemicals to each according to their need.

My point about the national obsessions with sports reinforces the belif held by many fans that sports unifies people accross racial boundaries.

I believe, therefore, that the war is completely unjustified. But let me back up and explain how I arrived at this conclussion: The US attacks on Iraq were instigated by hate and revenge and not the pursuit of freedom or protection. In this way, I came to beleive that this war is a big mistake.

Week 9: TSIS

Original Paragraph (Hidden Intellectualism p.g. 247) : 

In one way, then, it would be hard to imagine an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than mine. Yet in retrospect, I see that it’s more complicated, that I and the 1950s themselves were not simply hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the symbolic triumph of geek over jock suggested the way the wind was blowing. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327). 

Dressed Down: 

It would be hard to imagine a teenager dumber than mine. Thinking back, I see that it’s harder, that adults were not simply rude toward smart people, but separated from them. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the change for geeks over jocks suggested a shift in ideologies. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

Dressed up: 

In one way, then, it would be difficult to conceptualize an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than my own. Yet in retrospect, I see that it’s more arduous, that I and the 1950s themselves were not straightforwardly hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the symbolic triumph of geek over jock suggested the way the wind was blowing. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

Combination: 

In one way, then, it would be hard to imagine an adolescence more thoroughly anti-intellectual than mine. Thinking back, I see that it’s more arduous, that I and the 1950s themselves were not simply hostile toward intellectualism, but divided and ambivalent. When Marilyn Monroe married the playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 after divorcing the retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio, the change for geeks over jocks suggested a shift in ideologies. Even Elvis, according to his biographer Peter Guralnick, turns out to have supported Adlai over Ike in the presidential election of 1956, “I don’t dig the intellectual bit, “ he told reporters. “But I’m telling you, man, he knows the most” (327).

Week 8: TSIS

Look over something you’ve written yourself. Do you indicate “so what?” and “who cares?” If not, revise your text to do so. You might use the following template to get started.

My point here (that ____) should interest those who _____. Beyond this limited audience, however, my point should speak to anyone who cares about the larger issue of ______.

Week 6: TSIS

In my recent political science papers I compared my arguments of how to best tackle the issues surrounding climate change. Due to word count restraints, I had to limit my objections to the top three. Of course while drafting the paper, I had to consider all likely objections and through a process of elimination had to find the best ones that framed my argument. I do not think I answered them well enough as I could have went into more detail and perhaps made it more clear why my thesis is the answer to the discrepencies I initlaly tried to point out. I think I could use the language presented in this chapter however I feel that naysayer is not as effective as the chapters says it can be. Firstly, it is very wordy. Secondly, I think it redundant to still use a point that can be so easily struck down in a short a paper. Perhaps in a longer piece of writing it would be appropriet to explore a topic to deeply that it covers even the most mundane of arguments. On the contrary, I will regress and state that a point explained is not a complete loss so long as there is not another point waiting to take it’s place. Therefore I concede that naysayer may help to formulate arguments in some limited sense.

Week 5: TSIS

Reading Chosen: Nuclear Waste by Richard A. Muller (p.g. 252-259)

Agrees: 

Nuclear waste is one of the biggest technical issues that any future president is likely to face (252)  & the stats that come with NW danger

Other alternatives for storing nuclear waste (the sun/ subduction zones) are not a good idea (254)

We should not raise a panic over radioactivity in Los Angeles water supply (258)

Disagrees: 

Those who don’t like it’s storage in Yucca Mountain as consequences of NOT doing so are much higher (254)

You don’t need a 0.1 % level os security in full 10 000 years, once we reach 300 years, the risk is much lower that people say it is (256)

Both: 

Hangs on the fence about whether this is a scientist issue or a politican issue (255)

Week 4: TSIS

The last piece of writing I did was for ACMA01. I did quote sources however, I failed to use in text quotes. While writing, I thought it faster, easier and more clear if I simply summarized and argued with my own ideas. That way I could integrate them more smoothly. I introduced them similar to the way this book outlines where I first introduced who and where the information is coming from. Later on, I compared to authors view points and tried to really show a parallel between the opinoin of one versus the other.

Week 3: TSIS

Travel magazines seem to always list Ohio as the best place to visit during the summer. However, our experiments suggest that there are dangerous levels of chemical X in the Ohio groundwater.

Material forces drive history, although others have argued that religious teachings propels society into new eras of cultural norms and human understanding.

Scepticism says that the binary of right and wrong is arbitrary while proponents of Freudian psychology question standard notions of “rationality.”

Their assertion that male students often dominate class discussions is contradicted by their claim that females contribute the most academically diverse set of knowledge.

When it comes to the topic of film interpretation, most of us will readily agree that it is up to personal opinion. Where this agreement usually ends however, is on the question of who has the most credible opinion. Whereas some are convinced that this particular film is about the problems of romantic relationships, others maintain that it is about the problems of a single individual struggling with his inner self.

In conclusion, then, as I suggested earlier, defenders of textbook education can’t have it both ways. Their assertion that templates like the ones in this book will stifle creativity is contradicted by their claim that it opens new opportunities for growth.

Week 2: TSIS

The term “ISIS” tends to be synanymous with “terrorist” in many people’s minds. They see terrorism as a cult that brainwashes its followers into military combat for an abstract goal of “freedom.” However, few terrorist choose their lifestyle just to follow the crowd. On the contrary, many of these supposedly brainwashed people are actually human beings. For the truth is that there are many very good reasons for joining militant groups. Perhaps the best reasons are to remove an already corrupt government, to protect their families, or to reunite their state. In this essay, then, closelt examining a terrorist group as compared to freedom fighters will show that our perception of both are skewed by our own biases.