English R1B

Reading and Composition: Googleable: Language, Politics and Mass Media


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
14 Spring 2009 Ecke, Jeremy S
TTh 9:30-11 225 Wheeler Reading and Composition

Book List
Joseph Gibaldi,  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers; George Orwell,  1984; Richard Marius,  A Writer's Companion; and a course reader containing selections from George Orwell, Don Watson, Frank Luntz, George Lakoff, Geoffrey Nunberg, J.L. Austin, Steven Pinker, and Robert Stockwell and Donka Minkova.
Description

George Orwell's 1984 envisions a world where language, thought, and information are controlled by the ruling Party. Reading 1984 as a primer of media and information control, we will examine the challenges that mass media and the internet present in the so-called information age. We will examine the democratization of information, the credibility of sources, issues of access, and the problems that arise when journalists, researchers, and students limit their information to that which is "googleable."

Your research project will span the semester.  You will propose a set of related research topics, compose a research prospectus, and compile bibliographies.  You will be required to attend office hours, prior to the submission of your prospectus, following the submission of your bibliography, and during one of your essay revisions.  Your research will culminate in a final expository essay of 7-10 pages, and you will revise your essay twice.  A strong emphasis will be placed on feedback and self-evaluation.


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