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Tuesday, February 21

February 21, 2017

Argument: Reviewed for Thursday’s quiz by analyzing this argument from a 2012 New York Times article about digital piracy.

The primary claim is a claim of definition: Digital piracy should not be considered theft.

The main supports are as follows:

  1. Technology has changed the way we view possessions and theft.
  2. The law has not kept pace with the changes in technology.
  3. People do not view digital piracy as theft.

The secondary claim is a policy claim, made near the end of the argument: We need to change the laws regarding digital piracy.

The primary appeal is historical. The author walks us through a brief history of property law to make his point. It is NOT moral, because arguing (or seeming to argue) that there’s nothing wrong with taking other people’s stuff is probably not a good look. (He DOES make an implied value CLAIM, however: digital theft is not as bad as regular property theft.)

The other stuff on the quiz:

  • The six conditions necessary for argument.
  • The six parts of the Toulmin model of argument (including the five types of claims).
  • The three types of appeals.

Expect to analyze an argument like the one we read today.

Adaptation: Today we just started to talk about your initial responses to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We will continue this discussion on Thursday. Your responses were collected; if you were absent, please get these to me asap. If you did realize that the narrator of the novella was gay, you might want to give it another look before Thursday?

For Thursday, please have the “What Novels Can Do…” article read. Note that this is a challenging read – there are some connections that can be drawn in the first two pages to both what we discussed in Critical Reading re: structuralism as well as our discussions from Survey re: story vs. plot (A Rose for Emily discussion).

Yes, I do expect you to read the whole thing; no, I do not expect you to fully understand the references. Yes, annotating is a good idea, but it is not required. Yes, there will be a response/assessment connected to this reading.

See you Thursday.

Siren: Not much class because of the assembly. However, everyone’s piece on BatCat/AWP is due on the SIREN blog by the start of class Thursday.

Daily Prompt:

Publishing: We only had 10 minutes together and two of you were absent. On Thursday, I plan to show you how to register the press, and then we’ll get rolling on your business cards.

Comedy: Today we talked about the studio system – what it was, why it happened, and so on. Everyone was here today, so I won’t rehash it all. Here is the board in case you missed something:


We also discussed your notebook grades, and why they are the way they are. There will be plenty of time and opportunity to bring up your grades if yours isn’t too hot at the moment, starting with tomorrow’s writing assignment. Here it is again, if you need the sheet: comedy-2-16-17-writing-assignment-1-verbal-comedy-sketch.

Middle School LA: Hi LA Students! Thanks for participating in class discussion today. Your work for next Tuesday’s class is as follows: In prose or poetry write a “snapshot” of Marion’s life using one of the inanimate objects she mentioned in her talk. Use your rubric as a guide and remember: if you are using cursive (even though we only learned ‘a’), use the cursive paper. You may also type it (preferred over printing) or print it. Either way, double space. Don’t forget the heading we discussed.

There will also be a quiz on Tuesday. You will analyze a poem I give you. You may want to reference the other poems we have read, so bring them.

Survey: CNF: Quiz #1. I gave back your first essays, which were good. The biggest complaint is the same biggest complaint I always have about the first essays in this class, which was that some of them — not all of them — didn’t really have a theme.

I gave out this handout about CNF ethics. This will be a continuing discussion (especially the libel part), and all of this is testable material.

Given the theme weakness described above, we tried something new. I gave you six statements:

  • The best things in life really ARE (or aren’t) free.
  • Having a best friend is overrated.
  • It’s better to be underrated than overrated (or vice-versa).
  • Disney films really do (or don’t) offer valuable messages to young people.
  • Politically active young people are the most annoying species of all.
  • Standing up for yourself can get you into a lot of trouble.

You chose one and wrote a moment that related to it. This will be your next essay, which is due a week from today. (I prefer it to be typewritten, if at all possible.)

The advantage of going at it this way is that you always know what it is you’re trying to say. The challenge is that you have to find enough relevant material to back up the theme. Don’t be afraid to cite other sources (books, films, articles, etc.) that support what you’re saying!


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