Core Value 1. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.
I definitely met this core value to my fullest ability. When writing my Definition Argument, I spent plenty of time scouring for viable information. When exploring something as big and broad as borderline personality disorder, I made sure to do plenty of time exploring. There is a lot of information, strict definitions, and personal testimony that can be gathered when exploring the subject of BPD, and there are also a lot of places on the internet to find that. I found that is was somewhat difficult to provide a conceptualization of borderline personality disorder without it seeming overwhelming and confusing, so I utilized a lot of other people’s definitions and descriptions and tried to condense it down into my own.
There was also a time when I had finished writing my essay, but noticed that I was lacking in developing my idea. My argument seemed kind of vague in some areas, and I went back to strengthen my point by being more specific about how there is a stigma affecting a specific group of mentally ill individuals, and how those people suffer within themselves.
Core Value 2. My work demonstrates that I read critically, and that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities.
In my Stone Money Essay, I ended up analyzing a few texts/audio sources and placing them into “conversation” with each other by pulling from their understanding of money and how it exists. I analyzed a source about the people of Yap Island, and how they use their massive stone disks as currency. Being that these stones have no inherent value, it takes time to understand how they use them as currency. This brought me to the conclusion that currency is completely made up and subjective to each group of people. I also used a source that described Bitcoin, and how it was a completely made top currency with fluctuating value. By comparing these two sources and places their main ideas adjacent to each other, I could further strengthen my claim that money is completely made up.
One thing I think I could have done better is make that comparison more of a “conversation” and make a paragraph where I directly compared the ideas of all my sources while showing their differences along with their similarities. This would have made my claim much stronger.
Core Value 3. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.
In my Visual Rhetoric assignment, I successfully analyzed the purpose and context of the video that I was presented with. I was tasked with visually breaking down every single frame of an advertisement for the COVID vaccines. First of all, I wanted to analyze the purpose. I described how the kids in the shot were shown to be extremely happy that they could finally see their grandma, and how both of their parents were extremely satisfied with it. The grandma also spent most of her days missing her grandkids, so this was the climax of the ad when she could see them. I wanted to mention this because it shows that the purpose of the ad is to emotionally appeal to you, and make you want to get vaccinated.
In my analysis, I didn’t directly state the audience of the of the video, but in my Definition Essay I did. I made my intended audience very clear by focusing on the healthcare provider stigma, as well as the general population stigma and making references to both at multiple times in my essay. The audience was made extremely clear in every paragraph, and I made sure to even provide direct quotes of my intended audience exhibiting their stigmatizing viewpoints.
My Visual Rhetoric assignment did however provide context for the video I was presented with. By the end of my analysis, you can very clearly tell that the video is about COVID vaccination and how it will allow for virus prone elderly people to see their grandkids again. I did a good job of making this as clear as I possibly could, especially since I had no audio to work with in this case.
Core Value 4: My work demonstrates that I have met the expectations of academic writing by locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.
In my work, I never used any illustrations to support my writing, but I utilized a plethora of academic and general sources. I spent a lot of time on each of my works digging through the internet to find viable sources to support each of my works. In my Rebuttal Argument, I most properly exemplified this. I found several academically credible opinions and facts and used them against my target audience after citing and explaining them. I used the opinion of a doctor speaking against those who suffer with BPD to prove that he is wrong by describing the actual symptoms of BPD, and how co-morbid conditions are the only way that his claim that those with BPD are violent can be credible.
I also did this in my Visual Rhetoric assignment by describing every single frame of the video I was presented with to support my interpretation of everything I was seeing. My initial interpretations ended up being correct because I analyzed every single frame and everything that was occurring in each frame.
Core Value 5. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation.
This is the core value that I feel as though I achieved the best. All of my assignments represent academic integrity and credibility, and utilize appropriate usage of potentially powerful information. My Causal Essay was definitely the most important task to make sure I met this core value with. In my Causal Essay, I defined a lot of different Borderline Personality Disorder traits, and paired them with different stigmas associated with each. I had to make sure that this information was accurate in order to remain credible and effective in my approach to my argument. All of the information regarding the causes of the stigma towards those who suffer from borderline personality disorder was supported by an academic source with factual information. The reason that this was so important is that I needed to make sure that I represented BPD sufferers as accurately as possible. I didn’t want to misrepresent them and provide false reasons as to why the stigma is invalid and unfounded. If I provided false information for such an important claim, I would be ethically wrong and someone could use my information against me to victimize someone, which was the opposite of my objective.