Final Blog Post (due Wed, 5/22)

Hi everyone,

For your final blog post, you have the choice of

A) revising one of your previous blog posts


B) writing a response to the article that the final exam is on (a PDF of which is in the Essay Assignments folder)so as to prepare for writing the actual exam.

If you choose B), I will be looking for the following items regarding the final exam article  in your post:

Title, Author, Main Idea, Thesis, Your Response, 1-2 ideas from the article, 1-2 ideas about the main idea taken from at least 1 article you find online

Thanks—and best of luck studying!









HW for Friday (1p)

Hi all,
Instead of meeting in person on Wednesday (5/15), please work through the below exercise to prepare for taking the final exam next Wednesday.  The article I want you to practice with is once again “Hello, Stranger” (pp. 90-2 in Packet II), but the methods practiced should help you with reading and responding to the article that the real final exam will be on.

A PDF of the actual final exam article can be found in the Assignments folder; you are encouraged to read and research about this article before the exam, but I’m not allowed to discuss it with you, which is why I’m working instead with you on the “Hello, Stranger” practice exam.

Note there will be one final blog assignment, due next Monday 5/20; all essays and blog entries will be due the day of the final exam, next Wed 5/22.  Below are the additional prompts on “Hello, Stranger” I’d like you to do.

I. Reading the article (“Hello Stranger,” p. 90-1) for the basics. Fill in the below info.
Title, Author(s):
Topic/Main Idea:
Thesis (this is often different than the topic):
II. Reading the prompts (p. 92).  Fill in the below info for each prompt (A and B).
Topic/Main Idea:
Thesis (yours; also think of how this responds to the author’s):
Content you must include:
Content you can include:
III. Researching to prepare and generate content for your response essay.  Using a web or library search, find at least one piece of media (text, image, video, etc.) that can add something new to your discussion of the main topic of “Hello, Stranger.”  Include a link and a brief note on the article you find below.

HW for Next Week

Read Dunn & Norton’s “Hello, Stranger” (the last reading in Packet II), including the essay prompts (this is a sample final exam to prepare you to take the actual final exam).  Continue to write, re-write, and revise Essays 1, 2, and 3.  Prepare to present if you haven’t yet.

Note: In addition to the writing prompt below, there will be an additional writing prompt next week, due by Friday at 1p.  Then, there will be 1 additional writing prompt to respond to by the following Monday (5/20) at 1p.

Writing Prompt (3 parts; due Monday 5/13 by 1p):

  1. What is Dunn & Norton’s thesis?  Describe it in your own words.
  2. Paraphrase in your own words what each of the two essay prompts (on p. 92) are asking for.  In other words, describe what the key points you would focus on in each of the two essays that the two prompts call for.
  3. Choose one of the prompts and write 1-2 sentences that outline the essay you would write in response to it.

HW for Mon 5/6

HW: 1. Ensure you are ready to present your group’s Essay 2.
2. Read Gloria Naylor’s essay in Packet 2.
3.  A reminder that your revised Essay 1s are due at the final.  Grades will be based on how significantly you have revised (simply correcting small typos and grammar mistakes is not an example of significant revision; rewriting and reorganizing paragraphs IS an example of significant revision).

Writing prompt on Naylor’s text (2 parts—do both!; due Monday 1 pm):

A.) In “A Word’s Meaning Can Often Depend on Who Says It,” author Gloria Naylor explains several of the many different meanings of the “n-word.”  Identify at least 2 of these different meanings and explain them in your own words.  Then connect Naylor’s essay to a story from your own life experience having to do with the “n-word.”

B.) In her essay, Naylor chooses to write out the “n-word” as “nigger.”  Do you find this offensive?  Why or why not?  For you, what are the differences between these three versions of the same word: “n-word,” “nigger,” “nigga”?


HW for Wed, 5/1

HW:  If you haven’t already presented, make sure your Essay 2 presentation is ready to go live on Wed.  

Also: Read the sample student Essay 2 on pp. 25-32 of Packet 2.  This essay didn’t receive an A; so what I want you to do is make notes on how this essay could be improved to receive a higher grade.  Pay special attention to transitions: the connections between paragraphs. Also highlight any boring or repeating information that you think could be removed or rewritten.


HW for Mon 4/15

Reading & Research: Finish reading Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge.”  With your Essay 2 group, find one more article you will look for quotes on your Essay 2 word in.  Arrive in class next week prepared to discuss quotes from this article.


  1. In Imp Kerr’s “Feasts Under the Bridge,” find and quote one sentence where Imp Kerr uses the word “troll” (or “trolling” or some other variant of this word) in a way that gives you a new understanding of this term.  Introduce this quotation, paraphrase it in your own words, and explain how it gives you a new way of understanding what “trolling” is.
  2. Copy and paste into your response below an old blog post you wrote as well as feedback on it that you received.  Below it, write a revised version of this blog post using the suggestions in the feedback.

HW for Mon 4/8

HW: Finish reading Crawford’s “The Anxieties of Big Data.”  Read Caraminica’s “Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme.”
With your Essay 2 group: search for new articles on your Essay 2 word, make a list of them, decide on 1 of them to read.  Read this article and arrive in class next week prepared to write about 2+ quotations from it that feature your Essay 2 word.  

Writing Prompt (2 parts)
Building connections between words and texts.  First, spend a few sentences explaining what the word “normcore” means.  Ground your explanation in a quotation from K-Hole’s text “YOUTH MODE.”  Second, explain what the word “surveillant anxiety” means when Kate Crawford uses it in her text, “The Anxieties of Big Data” (which starts on p. 46).
 Third, explain why you think Crawford discusses “normcore” on p. 48.  What is the connection made here between data anxiety and the trend known as “normcore”? 

2. Post article info (author, title, publication, link) for the new text your Essay 2 group has found and will be reading this week.


Online Research Resource Quick Links

Publication titles to add to your Google search: E-flux, The New Inquiry, N+1.
Below are some Databases to Play With (for most of these, you need an activated City Tech ID/library card)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (encyclopedia/tertiary sources)
Academic Search Complete (a spectrum of news & scholarly sources)
MLA Bibliography (literary sources)
CUNY OneSearch (search everything in CUNY’s library system)
Google Scholar (general array of scholarly texts; not discipline specific)
Google Trends (search usage of key terms in Google searches, from 2004–present)
Google Books Ngram Viewer (search usage of key terms in books, from 1500-2008)
Kanopy (full-length films and documentaries)
Underground & Independent Comics (comics and graphic novels)
JSTOR (literary criticism & theory)
Project Muse (humanities and social science articles; theory)
Opposing Viewpoints (tertiary source on debates; especially good for topics in politics and news)
Academic OneFile (general academic articles; not discipline specific)
Applied Science & Tech Database (science & tech sources)

HW for Friday (1p)

  1. Title, Authors – “Hello, Strager”, by Elizabeth W. Dunn and Michael Norton

Main idea – People should feel more free to speak with the other commuters, for get more pleasure from daily commuting routine.

Thesis – People who spoke with the strangers while commuting had more positive experience than those who did not speak to anyone.


  1. A Main idea – Speaking with commuters will improve your’s social life.

Thesis – If you meet more new people, you might make new friendships more frequently.

Content I must include – I must refer to the article and use some personal experience to support my thesis.

Content I can include – Maybe an article that I read in the past, about social interactions.


B Main idea – I’ve met best friend from social group that I had not considered I            would ever have.

Thesis – Never judge people, before you speak with them.

Content I must include – History Of how I met my best friend, and how it refers to the article.

Content I can include – Histories of other people that I have heard, which are connected to the topic.


  1. Article with additional information’s:



HW for Monday 5/13

Prompt A is an argument assay, where student need to choose a side; agree or disagree with authors. Student need to support his statement with argument from his life or text that he read.

In prompt B is personal essay. Student need to choose an event from his life and describe it. Event must be connected with topic of the prompt.

Prompt B outline:

Why I thought about this social group in this way.

Moment when I met my friend for the first time.

After time spend with him, I’ve understood this particular social group.

HW for Mon 5/6


The first meaning of the “n-word” is how whites were calling Afro-Americans. This meaning of the “n-word” is a bad one. This word was used by whites to call all black people in US during the slavery time. This word was carried to the present because they are still people that think that Afro-Americans are less people. Second meaning of the “n-word” is when woman is calling her husband or boyfriend. In that case this word plays totally different meaning. Its not bad anymore but its good. For Afro-Americans is they call them self “n-word” its like a pride that they show to each other. This shows that a bad word for one can mean a good for others. They keep calling themselves that because that the part of their history.


In my opinion using “nigger” in her essay is not offensive because she is not applying this word to no one in particular. This word is used as a representation. She is using whole word because it makes sense for her to do it. she is not writing essay about “n-word” meaning but about meaning of the word “nigger”. For me the difference between the “n-word,” “nigger,” and “nigga” is that is used by different people in different situations. The “n-word,” is used as a way of not actually saying the word. On the other hand “nigger,” is a word that been used in the past for calling Afro-Americans and it been carried to the present day but its not as common. Lastly “nigga” is used between Afro-Americans, by saying that they are calling them self “bro” or “homie”. Its their way of saying that.

HW for Mon 4/15

In the text “Feasts Under the Bridge” we can read “Doxxing. A troll will essentially hack or use cunning to extract personal information including where a target may live, who their spouse or children are, their telephone and email addresses, their workplace, how many nudes they have of themselves, etc and may distribute this sensitive information in another location particularly for public shaming” (Kerr 64). From this quote I learned that there are people that just for they entertainment will expose someone’s private information’s. By doing this person affected by this could loos their job, their life could be in danger because no one knows what person will receive those information’s. Their whole life and career could be ruined. This quote gives whole new idea of what trolling can be. This kind of action is very damaging and reckless.

HW for Mon 4/8

Normcore is the way of life. In this way people don’t try to be “cool”, if being “cool” is against their character and made them copies of the others members. People do not try to show up and seek for another people attention. In normcore you can do what ever you want, with out devotion oneself to these things, those people can easily fit in to any group, if only it suit for them.

“Normcore moves away from a coolness that relies on differences to a post-authenticity coolness that opts into sameness.


In my opinion “surveillant anxiety” means that people will be always scared that someone can spy on them, and that organizations which are spying on people are scared that they do not have enough data about citizens.


Author refer to the “Youth Mode” normcore because people who follow it are hard to locate in social network. Those people easily fit into groups, and do not show any characteristic.

HW/Prompt for Mon 3/25

A) I am transfer student from Europe, at this point of semester I need to practice my grammar and vocabulary. To achieve this, I need to read more books and articles in English. I think that my understanding of texts is on good level but responding to it not so much.


“The “Californian ideolgy” as defined in 1995 by Richard Barbook and Andy Cameron helped us trace the motives underlying the internet back to their cold War roots (and the ambivalent hippie culture). Fred Turner’s 2006 classic From Counterculture to Cyberculture did much the same. But the historical perspective is not much use if it cannot explain social media’s contemporary and persistent success since the 1990s. Now, as in the 1970s, the role of ideology in navigating the limits of existing system is all too real. To study ideology is to take a close look at this everyday life, here and now. What remains particularly unexplained is the apparent paradox between the hyper-individualized subject and the herd mentality of the social. What’s wrong with the social? What’s right with it? Positivity is as pervasive in California as it is in the Italian cyberspace scene, which, in a Gramscian move, has embraced the “social network” as a sign within popular culture that the multitude can beat the mainstream in its act of mediation. Italian critics, activists, and artists are not unlike many others in being hyperaware of all the controversies made in Silicon Valley, while remaining mostly positive about the magic potion called social networking.”


Lovink’s point is that current situation in social network id divided in to two main branches: individualized and socialized. Social network is divided in similar way world was divided during Cold War.

Ideology in my opinion is a system of ideas and believes which connects people from different nation, races and social classes.

HW for Mon 3/18

From the text by Supavich (Fone) Pengnate we can learn “Since the primary intent of clickbait headlines is to generate clicks, the headlines and their content are often misleading, unverified, and seldom corrected. Clickbait headlines that circulate rumors and misinformation have repeatedly posted danger to both public and business sections. For example, in 2008, a fraudulent Internet report claiming that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, had suffered a serious heart attack was spread throughout social media. The story caused a panic on Wall Street which consequently led to approximately 10 percent drop in Apple’s stock price (Sandoval 2008)” (Pengnate 1).

In the text titled “Measuring Emotional Arousal in Clickbait: Eye-Tracking Approach” we can read “Clickbait headlines can be considered as a tabloid version of online news headlines. However, clickbait headlines are different from news headlines in the way that news headlines generally provide “hard news” content (e.g., politics, crimes, science, and economics) while clickbait headlines often contain “soft news” content (e.g., entertainment, gossip, and fiction)” (Pengnate 2).

Supavich (Fone) Pengnate in the text states that “Few studies in the literature have examined clickbait headlines and their consequences. For example, Chen et al. (2015) examined methods to detect clickbait and provide potential cues for recognizing both textual and non-textual clickbait. Blom and Hansen (2015) investigated techniques used to create and identify clickbait. While the use of clickbait headlines is increasing and can raise serious ethical and financial issues to individuals or organizations, it has received little attention in the IS literature” (Pengnate 2).

In “Measuring Emotional Arousal in Clickbait: Eye-Tracking Approach”, Supavich (Fone) Pengnate points out “According to studies in the psychology literature, the traditional measure of emotional arousal that has widely been used is a semantic differential scale devised by Mehrabian and Russell (1974). The semantic differential scale is a self-reported rating scale that consists of a set of bipolar adjective pairs rated along a Likert scale. Arousal scores are then derived from factor analyses of the measures” (Pengnate 3).

The text titled “Measuring Emotional Arousal in Clickbait: Eye-Tracking Approach” express that “In general, this study provides empirical evidence of arousal evoked by clickbait headlines. The results indicate that pupillary response can be used as an indicator of arousal, specifically at a high level. These results are consistent with previous studies in the journalism literature (e.g., Bradley et al. 2008; Stanners et al. 1979). However, this research extends the existing studies by investigating arousal in a differently type of online news headlines context—clickbait” (Pengnate 7).

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

This photography is not a selfie. The word selfie has self in it which can be understood as something that you do by yourself. Also, selfie photos don’t have torso of people on it. Most of the time we can see neck and face. People on this picture have scared or surprised facial expression. The cause of that kind of facial expression could be that this picture was taken after funeral because both subject wear black color clothes. As we know, Richard Avedon likes to talk to the subjects during photoshoots so we can assume that the facial expressions are caused by something he talked about. In my opinion Richard Avedon was talking something really tragic or surpassing that cause Duke and Duchess to have faces like that.

This picture was taken in Baffin Island near Canada on December 2017. As you can see on the photo, a scruffy polar bear  struggles to survive on the plains that were once covered in ice. The polar bear was starving after it was unable to hunt for food with its mode of traveling on the water had melted away .It’s naturally muscular body begin to atrophy and it eventually died. This photograph triggers a very emotional response just from seeing a once strong animal wither away as it staves to death.

1)How would you describe the look of the polar bear? What do you think that led to the photograph or wanting to document such a sad situation?

2)Why have we allowed our climate to change so drastically that it affects wildlife like this?

Media Analysis

In this time of the world, it is really ironic to come across a post like this on your social media feed. Ever since we have been young we’ve learned about the history of our past time and how war has happened. We were educated in the Jewish holocaust, why’d we learn this?  We learned this because it was something obvious to grasp on to the fact that it’s wrong. Now in modern day a holocaust is in place, and no-one is taking action. This is an enigma because after all the chaos it created, history is just allowing itself to happen again in a time especially like this. Adding on to the fact that this is an enigma, is because there is hardly any coverage on such  a tragic  occurrence on the news. This issue is being reported and spread though social media panels. This proves to the previous post about the sponge bob meme, not exactly answering the question about memes, but yes in times like this social media gets the job done. If it wasn’t for social media we wouldn’t get exposure to the real things out in the world we need to know. The news is controlled by a source and they are allowed to be biased and show us what they want. However social media allows us to see what we want and use our voices. Together everyone is spreading awareness and keeping an eye open for what needs to be seen, not just what the government wants us to see.

Is XXL Freshman list really the truth?

XXL releases its annual “Freshman Class” list. The issue features ten artists to watch out for, all of appearing on the cover of the magazine. The list has a history of showcasing underground rappers, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. BUT, Freshman list is now a money/fame hungry magazine. Recent years including this upcoming Freshman list (has not been revealed yet) are picking up artist that is famous but not talented at all. Freshman list is picking up artist that cause drama on social media and make themselves famous. This magazine is doing this just to get sales and to be talked about. The magazine got a lot of controversy because of this problem.  Freshman magazine wasn’t like this before a few years ago, but now everything changed. People are hoping they give the credit to the artist that deserves it.

Kylie Jenner – Self Made Billionaire?

Kylie Jenner has been named youngest billionaire in the world, at the age of 21.

With a whooping 128 million followers on Instagram, it would be baffling to not know who she is. She is the youngest daughter of Kardashian/Jenner family and is now the youngest billionaire in the world. The reality television star turned entrepreneur founded her cosmetic company in November of 2015. The launch of her cosmetic line began with her infamous Lip Kits, a lip liner with a matching matte liquid lipstick in various shades for $29 USD. The launch of her first products was so successful that her online store became out of stock in less than a minute. Since then, Jenner’s company has launched many more products and has become very successful-making her the youngest billionaire in the entire world. However, many people feel as if she should not be titled as “self-made.”   Many users on Twitter expressed themselves when Forbes tweeted the link to their article on Jenner.  One user tweeted “People aren’t hating on Kylie Jenner so much as they’re hating on the Forbes narrative that she’s entirely self-made. She’s one of those cases that was born on 3rd base thinking she hit a triple.” In other words, the user is trying to insinuate that Jenner was born into a very wealthy family with an extreme amount of contacts and resources to allow her cosmetic company to become so successful. As a result, Forbes Magazine has received a great amount of backlash from people all over the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Youth Mode Response

In the article youth mode by Nijhuis and K-Hole claims there to be problems in both the Millennial and Generation X communities definition of identity and the internet. However the authors focuses more on the Millennials. Miss Nijhuis begins by pointing out that identity has been cheapened and corrupted to the point that it can even be forced upon you without your wanting. An example of this that Miss Nijhuis gives is they Horoscope explaining that “you’re a scorpio wither if you believe astrology or not” showing how even regardless of your view of act of star charting personalities (Astrology) it can be force on your social personality. Miss Nijhuis go on to explain how even companies that purposefully change and alter there public appearance don’t even know how to appeal to consumers to the vast different forms of social identities there are and how they all enevidably clash. But personally I don’t necessarily believe that is is even a problem. Of course to be this is quite normal being a Millennial myself. However i see it more of a positive effect of the Cultural diffusion that breeds from the popularization of the internet. Witch bring us to the core of the point that I believe Nijhuis and K-Hole are trying to make and that is the the internet itself is the main reason why the world or the culture has changing so much between the generation. Nor for the better but most definitely not for the worst.

HW for Mon 4/1

HW: Finish typing your midterm summary into your group’s Google Doc.  Read “Youth Mode” by K-Hole as well as Michelle Nijhuis’ “The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention” (both in Packet 2).

Working with your Essay 2 group, create a new Google Doc for your essay.  Make sure to share the document with everyone in the group as well as with me (street.monroe@gmail.com).
Once the Google Doc is created and shared, I want each of you to type a revised version of your midterm summary in the group’s document.  Please paste a link your Google Doc below by Monday at 1p.