Stockton Rhetoric & Composition, Post #13: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Be sure FE #5 is submitted to me.



Quick refresher on appeals.

“No ideas but in things.”

Objective Correlative: The person, place or thing that carries the emotional burden of a piece of art.

Found in all art; a special relevance in non-fiction writing.  



Formal Essay #6: Annotated Bibliography with five sources. Here is your fake prompt. Address the changing trends of sexual relationships on college campuses. How have current reports of sexual misconduct altered both students’ attitudes toward sex and college’s reactions to monitoring and policing sexual activity. Consider how all of this is affected by and affects drinking on campus.


PROMPT: Behaviors of young people for a sociology class.

The following example uses APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010) for the journal citation:

Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51, 541-554.

The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that non-family adults who live with other young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.

Some good resources…here & here

Blog Post #7: Debunk some bullshit! Read this. Then, do some research on a subject that really chaps your ass. Find something in the mainstream media that has been reported in such a way as to make it seem true. Then, do some more scholarly research and make the case that the initial issue is really just bullshit. This is a short argument (under two pages is fine), and you only need the two sources described above (though don’t shy away from using either of the two sources we discussed today, also don’t hesitate to find more than one source with which to debunk your bullshit). It is my hope that you have to do some fruitless researching before you stumble upon this one.

Blog Post #8: Discern Your Own Credibility…regionally. Go to the homepage of your local, hometown paper. Here’s some help:

The Asbury Park Press (middle of the state…Ocean to Monmouth)

AC Press (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland & Salem counties),

The Bergen Record (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic & Essex)

The Courier Post (western South Jersey)

The Star Ledger & Jersey Journal (cover most of the northern & middle of the state; have the same publishers and same web site)

Pick an article about a local issue, community coverage is ok, but may be harder to do (don’t do sports). Pick something, ideally, on the county or state level. While regional news doesn’t care the credibility we would expect for college terms papers, it should still be somewhat credibility. Using the Quality discernment tool from class, decide if the article can be considered “worthy.” Write about the process in no less than a page and a half.


Blog Post #9: Objective Correlative & more. Write a reaction to David Foster Wallace’s very, very, very famous food article “Consider the Lobster.” Use any and all reading devices we have learned in class to write an analytical reaction to the piece. Make some point to its quality or answer the author’s thesis or simply explain what’s “boiling” (see what I did there? lobster…boiling…see it? huh? huh?) under the surface. HINT: this is much more than a food article. Wallace’s article is widely considered one of the best ever written…weigh in.

If it helps you, I use objective correlative pretty heavily in my story Chimichanga. 


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