Our second essay is a response to the readings from the Chapter “Is Pop Culture Actually Good For You?” and should include specific references to the text when appropriate. You may also develop the essays with examples from your own lives or other courses you may have taken that covered similar themes. In other words, personal experience is o.k. to use as evidence in your essay, but keep in mind that this essay is primarily a response to a text. You must use at least one of the texts as the “they say” to your “I say.”
The introduction of the essay must clearly focus on a thesis (an “I say”), and the body of the essay must have clear and specific examples to develop supporting points. Try to conclude the essay by connecting the issues your essay discusses with your readers in some way (remember, your readers include the portfolio committee, your instructor, and the other students in the course). See the English 100 essay rubric on Pipeline for more ideas on how to develop and self-assess your writing.
The essay should be 3-5 typed, double-spaced pages in length, using a font such as Times New Roman in 12pt.. The essay must also follow MLA style--see the handbook A Writer's Resource for information on MLA style. A Works Cited listing is required for any of the sources used in your essay.
The specific essay questions are from the "Joining the Conversations" sections at the end of each reading and are reprinted here:
1.Write an essay taking your own stand on the intellectual merits of television, considering the arguments of Dana Stevens and Steven Johnson, and framing your essay as a response to one of them. 2.Some might see Peacocke’s essay as proof of Gerald Graff’s argument in “Hidden Intellectualism” (pp. 380-386) that pop culture can be a subject for serious intellectual analysis. Write an essay on this topic, using Peacocke’s essay either to support or to refute Graff’s argument. 3.Write...