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Writing Workshop- October 8, 2008 1. Explicit versus Implicit What the author is saying versus how you are using the author. From Haechul’s post: Twenge believes that decentralized personality is the better personality for a person than having a high self- esteem, Johnson believes that individuals as a whole contribute to the complex society that can succeed because complex systems and methods are made up of simple/singular idea. Jenkins believes that technology can be utilized to help the people become less self-absorbed and give them the knowledge to become a useful person in the society. Putting their ideas together would mean something like this: Technology helps the society by teaching individuals to become less self-absorbed so they can come together as and contribute by being the building blocks of the complex system that can benefit the society. Phil’s response: First, what is the difference between what is EXPLICIT and IMPLICIT in Jenkins' article. You say Jenkins believes that technology can be utilized to help the people become less self-absorbed and give them the knowledge to become a useful person in the society. Now, think about Jenkins article. Is this really his explicit argument? Not really, his argument is about something else- "new knowledge cultures" but not really about becoming less self-absorbed. Rather, you are taking what is implicit in his argument. This is your independent thinking, the result of your connection between the authors. This is exactly what you are supposed to be doing. My only qualm with your writing here is that you make it seem as if this is Jenkins idea, rather than yours. So you may want to rephrase the sentence something like: Jenkins ideas point the way to how technology can be utilized to help the people become less self-absorbed and give them the knowledge to become a useful person in the society. Notice how in this sentence, YOU are taking ownership of the idea. Exactly what you should be doing in this paper- taking ownership of your own idea and using the other authors as evidence and support for your ideas.
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