10.25.09 Major paper 1 - Tsiao 1 A Tale of Two Discourses...

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Tsiao 1 A Tale of Two Discourses When one first makes the attempt to write academically, a choice, known or unknown must be made. This choice, which will undoubtedly affect the entire course of this text, is normally made with one question in mind. Which form of writing is more persuasive? I do not doubt that there is any number of arguments to support not only a traditional method of writing, but a hybrid method of writing as well. What one must do as an author is to decide which discourse can be better tailored to their argument and there is no reason that an author cannot be just as successful using hybrid academic discourse as with traditional academic discourse. So, in my opinion, the hybrid text The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is a more effective text in terms of its capacity to persuade than the traditional work of Henry Hazlitt entitled, Economics in One Lesson . I see no reason that The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman, which relies on a more hybrid style of writing, cannot be more persuasive than Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, which is written in a traditional manner. When Patricia Bizzel compares traditional and hybrid academic discourse in her work Hybrid Academic Discourses: What, Why, How , she does so with a clear understanding of their differences. A hybrid text would more likely write in a more readily used form of English, “not the standard grapholect” (Bizzell 308). A traditional text would clearly state the core issue instead of “meandering, holding off the main point” (Bizzell 308). The author makes these distinctions in order to demonstrate that though there are some key contrasts between the two ways of writing, neither one is superior to the other. What she is trying to enforce in her essay is that a work can have all the possibilities for success traditional academic writing would bring it
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Tsiao 2 while using academic discourse in hybrid forms. With this reasoning, I wrote this essay in a hybrid tone to support her argument. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman is a written explanation of Friedman’s belief that the world is “flattening” as technology advances and economies collaborate to create an entirely new ball game (Friedman 477). It will change all of our current theories about the economy, politics and employment. This development will increase competition and, consequentially, require a work force that is much more creative, innovative and self-reliant in their mindset. The way that Friedman presents his ideas is in a series of discoveries that the author, reflects upon following his journeys around the planet in an attempt to reanalyze the core of globalization. Drawing on his own experiences and those of
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2010 for the course ENGLISH 131 taught by Professor Amaleqeiq during the Fall '09 term at University of Washington.

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10.25.09 Major paper 1 - Tsiao 1 A Tale of Two Discourses...

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