Blur, Chapters 8-end
News Databases and
Are you getting the news you need?
Questions on p166, to keep in mind when you are encountering the
What news did I get and where?
Did it advance my knowledge?
Did it tell me something important?
In chapter four, the authors write about how so-called straight news can lead to new and different
questions about a story. They use the example of John Crewsdon, a reporter whose work led to
groundbreaking findings after he started out researchin
There are Three readings for this week that Ill discuss in this powerpoint. Please read them
before watching the slideshow. After youre finished, you can go to the Discussion Board and
contribute to the questions there. There will also be a short
Amusing Ourselves to
Death, Chapters 7-end
The news show as an amusing, dramatic performance. P. 103
Juxtaposition of images that have no context or link
P104: The viewers know that no matter how grave it renders everything
Also on p 104
On Writing Well
The Path To Writing
Is writing easy for you, or hard?
An expression of yourself
Clutter in writing
We can find this almost anywhere!
How do we clear our writing of this?
Blur, by Kovach and
Three Mile Islandwatch the Retro Report on the Course Guide
Does the scenario the authors describe seem plausible?
From Maus, by Art Spiegelman
Memoir and creative nonfiction
Spiegelmans anthropomorphic use of animals
The effect it creates on the story
Backward and forward in time
Art Spiegelman the character is often talking about his
Postman/Paper Outline and
Professor and critic, wrote on many topics
This one was published in 1985
The Foreward lists different things that were popular at that time, and
to which Postman
Notes for Blur Chapters 1-3
1) Three Mile Islandsome questions to consider
Does the scenario he describes seem plausible?
Is the traditional media doing a good job of reporting events like this?
Have you seen recent examples like this?
Page 5ABC decided n
Craft of Research, Part
What kind of claim to make
Is it specific enough
P. 122: TV inflates estimates of crime rates.
Graphic reports of violence on local TV news lead regular viewers to
overestimate by as much as 150 percent both t
Reading, Libraries and
CQ Researcher article, The Future of Libraries
Staying Awake While We Read by Ursula K. LeGuin
And Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr
The Future of Libraries
The changing, reinvented library
Is there a digital
Week 3 notes
Hello, and welcome to this weeks reading. Ive asked you to read the first few chapters of On
Writing Well, by William Zinsser, which is on reserve in the library and also on the course site.
Its a clear and concise manual on writing n
Electronic Research Methods and Resources for Writers
Professor Christopher Tuthill
Writing and Research
Becoming a better writer and researcher
Readings through the course site,
The Craft of Research,
From Question to Problem
Academic Research Problems
P. 53Solving a conceptual problem, to understand it better
Example from p.56: I am studying stories of the Alamo, because I
want to understand why voters re
Amusing Ourselves to
Typographic America is the era that began in the colonial period;
Postman says that between 1640 and 1700, there was an 89-95%
literacy rate for men in Massachusetts, possibly the highest record