Before comp 2, I was not a very good writer by any means but my time with Professor Hodges has drastically improved my understanding of many essential goals needed to achieved during writing, the significance of credible writing, and also the importance of counterintuitive thinking. His use of focus, logic, reasoning along with interesting and controversial topics, and also a easily used and accessible online blog have drastically improved my understanding of these important core values.
Core Value III. Understand how texts represent meaning and how the processes of writing and reading create and interpret meaning.
Comp 2 has helped me improve my ability to analyze and evaluate multiple types of persuasive writing and pull out the effective elements of argumentation and research quality evidence. We looked at visual arguments from Ad council and we were taught important skills on how to acquire specific arguments from something like a short video that doesn’t actually just come forward state the argument they present. We had to observe the setting, characters, and actions presented by the characters to come to an understanding of the argument. Another important skill learned is the most effective ways of evaluating a published text, obtaining evidence of research quality, and also explore the complex issue and create our own point of view and expand on their discussion. I feel I show I have accomplished these things best in my rebuttal argument where I took a debate between Richard Branson and Ian Blair over the decriminalization of drugs. I took both sides of the debate and picked out the main points and actually combined the two into my own argument creating my own original perspective and expanding on the subject with my own knowledge acquired from other texts. Even though I am for the side of decriminalization of drugs I was able to use the opposing sides information to show the oppositions view and even use certain ideas brought up to prove my own points.
Core Value V. Understand the role and use of information in writing.
Understanding this value helps you overcome the emotional and opinion parts of an argument to define the strictly informational aspects of the text. This is very important because a well-placed piece of info like a statistic can help change unimportant or uninteresting claims into a strong fact with the ability to change the mind and effectively persuade readers. I believe I showed this best in my research paper where I stated how the American Drug Commission had examined the drug war considered it a fail and were looking at place like Portugal (where drugs are decriminalized) for ideas. I turned this semi-bland observation into an important fact by providing the statistics related to Portugal’s drug use since decriminalization “Heroin use among 16- to 18-year-olds fell from 2.5% to 1.8%. New HIV infections fell by 17% between 1999 and 2003. Deaths related to heroin and similar drugs were cut by half.” Most people have some connection to drugs and drug addiction or at least realize heroin and HIV are terrible things and showing that they can possible be reduced is a good way to get readers on my side.
Core Value VII. Understand the power and ethical responsibility that come with the creation of written discourse.
This value deals with not giving false information or claims and being specific in citing and using credible sources so there are no discrepancies in a piece. All semester long this was a big point I could tell professor Hodges wanted to get across. We were asked to use all types of sources from videos, advertisements and different sorts of texts. We were taught to use recourses like Academic Premier as to make sure the information we received was un-bias and definitely credible. I believe my research paper shows best that when asked to correctly cite sources in my works, create detailed bibliographies and also include easily accessible links to my sources of choice I can provide ample evidence, and credibility. All Used to make sure the reader knows the information used is ethically responsible and correct.