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 https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/polarizing.)
*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.