mcmorgan + argument   12

Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids | JSTOR Daily
A fair analysis of a popular argument - critiquing the evidence- but weak alternative argument and lame solution. The kids aren't sad, it's the parents, so let's mentor!
argument  a 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there | Rutger Bregman | Opinion | The Guardian
We won't mention names. That would be indelicate. Rentiers require a low profile. "growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.... The fact of the matter is that feudalism has been democratised. To a lesser or greater extent, we are all depending on handouts. En masse, we have been made complicit in this exploitation by the rentier elite, resulting in a political covenant between the rich rent-seekers and the homeowners and retirees."
utopia  socialpractices  socialism  argument  rhetoric 
may 2017 by mcmorgan
The Ideal English Major - The Chronicle Review -
One for FYW and print argument, making a fallacious argument about The Quality of Being an English Major. Sample: "The businessman prattles about excellence, leadership, partnerships, and productivity. The athlete drones on about the game plan, the coach, one play at a time, and the inestimable blessing of having teammates who make it all possible. The politician pontificates about unity, opportunity, national greatness, and what's in it for the middle class. When such people talk, they are not so much human beings as tape loops." And it doesn't get much better than that. One of those essays that takes back in its enactment most of what it says in it's argument.
fyc  fallacious  argument 
july 2013 by mcmorgan
Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'
How to handle annotating an article, including sarcasm.
fyw  argument  annotation 
may 2013 by mcmorgan
Revolution Hits the Universities - An exam
I glossed over this on a first read - anything that starts "LORD knows there’s a lot of bad news in the world today to get you down," is going to be a sermon - and on a second read, it's still tripe. But it sparks a great set of equally facile responses. Maybe I don't read the mainstream enough, but it's scary out there.

Just listen to this: "Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty — by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have."

Is that Friedman's statement or a commentator? Hard to tell? What does that say about Friedman? NYT readers? School systems in general? Discuss. Be detailed. Try please please try to ground your discussion in observations and reason. Don't fall back on social determinism. 10 points.
mooc  de  promotion  #edcmooc  fyc  argument 
january 2013 by mcmorgan
Why the Future of College isn’t on Campus | Brazen Life
Short post that will be good to critique in A&E. Lovely little half-truths, gross generalizations, even some bullet-proofing of arguments - all make it attractive to buy into, but weak and in the end, nothing new. Can also come at this from a distortion of ethos: apparent practical wisdom that is built of unquestioned aphorisms and placebos. Can see it by asking if the ethos is open to an alternative. Mis-leading title: this is back focused, not future. Nothing new here. Summed up in: Yes, it's apparent in your writing that you learned very little in college.
a&e  fyc  argument  fallacious  bulletproofing  tribalism 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
Should I Work for Free?
flowchart. but it's not about the flow. it's about the players. illustrates how to play with genres.
vizualization  argument  persuasion 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Genpets.com - Bioengineered Buddies!
That we react to them is telling. That we work to articulate a response to them is even more telling. Statement: http://www.brandejs.ca/portfolio/Genpets/What
semiotics  argument  newmedia  mashup  marketing 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
Alana Taylor: How to Get Ahead [The Way I Think] & Other Things I'm Honest About
Interesting blog post that relies on some tricky rhetorical devices to affirm honesty, virtue, and dubatiatio. Good target text for ENGL 2101
rhetoric  argument  en2101 
march 2009 by mcmorgan

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