Writing Journal

Klinenberg Notes

Klinenberg uses personal anecdotes in both articles, but for different reasons. In the scholarly article, it is an ethical appeal to show that Klinenberg knows what he is talking about and has seen his subject of study firsthand. He is demonstrating the jargon of “lived experience.” In the other article, he uses a personal anecdote […]

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More Thoughts on Soundcloud

I’m having some trouble finishing up my feature on Soundcloud, which has become quite personalized and disjointed. My central thesis that Soundcloud is building a community of sound, while supported and evaluated, doesn’t quite permeate the entire piece like it should. I talk about Creative Commons licensing and how that is enabling collaboration and is […]

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WIRED’s take on Stagelight

WIRED is a magazines dedicated to nerdy endeavors such as video games, internet memes, software, electronic music, and other cultural phenomenon produced by the internet. They appeal to a younger audience who are technology savvy and use the internet frequently. Their online website is a classy, minimalist design that will attract younger audiences more than […]

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Analysis of the Woman’s Crusade

The Women’s Crusade follows a strictly argumentative structure moreso than Pollan’s piece. At first they appear similar in that they follow one individual through their life, Pollan a cow and Kristof & WuDunn a successful woman entrepreneur in Lahore, Pakistan, but in the latter case the authors quickly diverge into the more general argument instead […]

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Soundcloud’s Rise

More than a year ago I joined the sound-based social networking website, Soundcloud. I have discovered a lot of different artists that I doubt I would have with other musical platforms like the radio, iTunes, MySpace, or just through my friends. Moreover, I’ve discovered many amateur artists who have learned how to make high quality […]

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The Book Printing Controversy

In 2004, Tibetan Buddhists purchased 120-acres of property in Cazadero of Sonoma county to establish a printing press for sacred religious texts. There are two colonies: Ratna Ling and Odiyan. Ratna Ling became a retreat that attracts people from all across the world. The local community, however, has been very hostile to their establishment, claiming […]

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Pollan on the Power Steer

Pollan recommends one form of journalism as writing from the principle of ecology which affords a fascinating and prolific perspective. His idea arose from one word from a colleague: “meat.” Explore the subject of meat. A good journalist is in tune with cultural whims and interests. Pollan describes the luxury of having all the time […]

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To Be or Not to Be (Political)

Sasha Abramsky describes in his article Involved Much? the decline of interest in politics among the youth. There is tragedy in his voice, remorse in his dialogue. He bemoans our ignorance and apathy. He did a good job of presenting the case, though it relied heavily on anecdotes. He gives reasons why this might be […]

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A Reflection on Debate

The presidential debates have come to a close, not without some disappointment in both quantity and quality. I found it quite saddenning that Obama came into the first debate rusty — is the art of debate not one of the most important skills for a president? Shouldn’t these kind of debates happen every year, like […]

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Reviewing Design

A review of design accounts for criteria unlike many other reviews. One has to consider aesthetic appeal, size, weight, mobility, adaptability, durability, price, materials, environmental footprint, uniqueness, place of origin, the type of labor invested in its production, and so forth. This can apply to architecture, furniture, and other products of designers. Let us consider this review […]

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The Second Battle of Orators

Both Obama and Romney are rhetorical swashbucklers, or at least in the second debate. Obama played tough as compared to his pithy, reclusive performance the first debate — he walloped Romney on social issues, on proper response to terrorist attacks (which the moderator had to doubly whip Romney on), but he had a tougher time facing the […]

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