Are new media rewiring us?

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Write an essay on the case study question, “Are new media rewiring us?” that presents your own views in this conversation. You’ll need to explain the current state of discussion by drawing on Andrew Lam, Hayles, Turkle, and Gopnik to frame the issues. You will need to keep the dialogue going by identifying your own thinking in relation to the other writers extending their ideas and distinguishing your views from theirs.

-Don't primarily summarize

- Primarily focus of paper should be my analysis on the authors ideas

-Analyze authors with rhetorical tools (key terms, dates, etc.)

-Thesis is key

You could find quotes on pages 24, 26, 27-33, and 35-43 in the Reading Culture by Diana George and John Trimbur

ENG 101 / ENG 107 Essay #1, “New Media” General Guidelines *3-4 typed pages (remember that meeting minimum length requirements is only passing) *Must be in third person (omit all first and second person *Analyze the writing situation, as taught in the course *Complete all Steps to Prewriting, as taught in the course *Must contain a thesis; support your primary claim (thesis) and sub-claims with reasons, explanation, and examples *Follow all MLA and formatting as presented in course for margins, headings, spacing, font size and font type, etc) In Ch. 1 of Reading Culture, we have been reading about culture (which is the theme of the overall course) in general, and about New Media specifically. This chapter is entitled, “Are New Media Rewiring Us?” and all of the readings we have covered in it address various writers’ viewpoints about this topic. Also, Ch. 1 of the textbook lays a foundation for the approach you should take with all of the essay writing that is covered in the rest of the course. You will be writing about, and responding to, two or more of the four essays that we have read as you have been learning the various strategies for critical reading and critical thinking in this first chapter. Regardless of the essay prompt that you choose, you should be extending the author’s ideas, distinguishing your ideas from the authors, identifying the authors’ claims and evidence, identifying their key terms and the way they have framed their arguments, looking at their underlying assumptions, weighing out what they agree and disagree on, and adding your own views to this. Remember that this is an argument essay and should be based on your analysis of the authors you are working with in your chosen essay prompt, but the essay should contain a thesis of your own that makes a claim about your overall answer to the prompt. Here are the Essay #1 Prompts (choose one for the first essay assignment) • One way to work with Lam’s and Hayles’ texts is to make sense of how they frame the issues in their essays. Think of this as staging a conversation about two ways of representing and analyzing new media. Write an essay that examines how the two writers have framed the issues. This isn’t simply “compare and contrast” because you must join that conversation by explaining what you see as the uses and limits of the two perspectives. To do this, you need to explain how each writer’s framing of the issues sets up the claims they make, the evidence they present, and the implications they make. Your thesis question might answer the question: How do Andrew Lam and N. Katherine Hayles frame the issue of New Media; is one more effective than the other? • Write an essay that would appear as a response to Alison Gopnik’s review of Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. In your essay, take into account how Turkle and Gopnik have framed the issues in their thinking about whether new media are rewiring the human race. Consider, for example, what it means that Gopnik calls Turkle a “digital pessimist” when Gopkin doesn't seem to be a “digital optimist” either. Also consider the way Gopnik puts communication media such as books, telegraph, and telephone into historical perspective. What does this reveal about her point of view and her commentary on Turkle’s book? • Write an essay on the case study question, “Are new media rewiring us?” that presents your own views in this conversation. You’ll need to explain the current state of discussion by drawing on Lam, Hayles, Turkle, and Gopnik to frame the issues. You will need to keep the dialogue going by identifying your own thinking in relation to the other writers—extending their ideas and distinguishing your views from theirs.

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