RWS h.w. Tuesday Sept. 18

  1. Consider how Thompson’s ideas from “Public Thinking” connect to your everyday life. Which examples were more relatable or more convincing to you? Be specific. Feel free to use personal anecdotes and quotes from the text to support your reflective response.
    1. The connection he made to students writing to fellow students in other countries resonated with me because when I was a junior in high school, I had to write letters to students in France for my French class, and I had a much easier time writing more and writing better than I would for my teacher, due to the fact that I was writing to another person my age, and they were actually interested in what I had to say, rather than my teacher only reading my work to grade me on it.
    2. After reading Thompson’s piece, how would you paraphrase his main argument in your own words?
      1. Thompson’s main argument is that influential impact blogs and other forms of  writing have an impact on not only ourselves, but the people around us as well. Thompson addresses the impact of actually sitting down and writing something yourself, and the idea that somebody else will b reading your work, and how to affects our writing and the quality and effort which we put into our writing.
  2. Identify what do you see as the three most important claims, and discuss the evidence he uses to support these claims. Provide a quotation for each claim (use the “starter” template on page 73 of the reader).
    1. Thompson makes the claim that once your writing has been exposed to the public, there is a plethora of connections through the people who are reading and that is one of the primary reasons why your wiring gains popularity and it is seen by a larger audience
    2. with the invention of technology and mobile phones, the personal writing that is being exposed to the public has increased exponentially, and there is potential for the amount to increase even further with the eventual and continue advancement and involvement of technology
    3. technological advancements have led people to write more, Thompson gives the example of his mother who grew up in the pre-internet age, yet she hasn’t written anything longer than a paragraph in the last 10 years. the technological revolution has led to people writing more, and the public reading more.
  3. Identify two rebuttals (places where Thompson addresses opposing views).
    1. When Thompson visited China, authoritarian nation, he expected the youth of china to use their new platform to speak out against the oppressive form of government, yet they were so startles by the opportunity to speak on a large public platform, and they chose to talk about more trivial and everyday things.
    2. Thompson addresses the stereotype that college students have gotten more lazy in recent years, when in fact, “todays freshman comp-essays are over 6 times longer than they were back then, and generally more complex” (Thompson). The author uses this statistic to invoke ethos and prove that although some claim that students in this age are lazy and unmotivated to do quality work, they are in fact writing more, and writing better quality work.

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