Class Notes (2/4/2021)

2/9/2021- Crystal Pichardo

2/11/2021- David Vizcaino

2/16/2021- Courtney Lagrange 

2/18/2021- Robby Deleon

2/23/2021- Maria Gavino

2/25/2021- Reem Saleh

Crowd Sourcing-  the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the internet. (Definition is from google)

“Self help is a genre of books that has gotten a bad rep in the literature community because they see it as a quack”. 

Quack-  A sham

Low Brow-  Derogatory/ pejorative (insulting) not high cultured, no class.

The goal for the semester is too decipher between whether these books are a sham or helpful. We will read books, watch videos, movies, and use apps to learn about the genre, we also will be practicing some of the habits.

Polarizing-  to cause something, especially something that contains different people or opinions, to divide into two completely opposing groups. (Definition from

*Self help is very polarizing because either people love it and feed into it or hate it and  believe that there is bigger issues to focus on.

*Self help is an extremely profitable industry, and is embedded and capitalism.

Capitalism-  an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

Commodity –  Something that can exchange for equal value.

*Self help is a commodity. What is sold is if you use these self help techniques you in return became a “better person” who does “good things” that further benefits society. 

*Self help can cause a lot of skepticism because a lot of people are in it for the money and they can diminish the intensity of an intense issue. (Ex. Simplifying chronic health issues down to just meditating )

Elide- To leave something out or to gloss over it.

Rhetoric- How something presented.

Homework due Next Week (2/9/2021)

Read the beginning of The Secret up to the chapter powerful processes and read at least one extra chapter. (Be sure to annotate as you read.) Then respond with a blog post on open lab, this will be due at the start of next class.



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