Moment of Zen
Colbert on SOPA and PIPA
- Article on re-using photos
- Twitter: #20style
Introductions: Covers and Remixes
Responding to Gladwell
- Shannon Potter, “Telling the Truth Through Honest Mistake”
- Kate Lyons, “A Personal Stake”
- Ben Schwab, “Pride and Progress”
- Wed, 1/25, class: Discuss Wolff, pp 1–99. How are imitation and identity connected in the mind of the narrator? How are they in conflict?
- Thurs, 1/26, 9:00 am: Post x2 to Dropbox.
- Mon, 1/30, class: Discuss Wolff and x2.
Early on in “Something Borrowed,” Malcolm Gladwell writes:
Words belong to the person who wrote them. There are few simpler ethical notions than this one . . .
And yet things quickly turn out to be not quite so simple, at least Gladwell sees them. I’d like you to write a brief (about 750 words or so) comment on his essay in which you do two things:
- Point to two or three reasons why Gladwell comes to see plagiarism as something more complicated and ambiguous (and interesting) than a “simple” theft of someone else’s words. (You’ll want to refer to specific moments in his essay as you do so.)
- Respond to what he has to say. Are you persuaded? skeptical? a mix? why?
Think of a good title for your response. But name your document according to the following strict formula.
Post your x1 to your Dropbox folder by 9:00 am, Thurs, 1/19. Look for a response from me in the next day or two.
Good luck! I’m eager to get to know you as a reader, writer, and thinker!