1-20-09 Today i learned about the qualities of good writing. I learned there is more to good writing then good grammar, organization, and figurative language. It is good to capture the readers attention and run with it. It is also good to write about events and ideas that people relate to. This keeps the reader interested. I also learned about what other types of writing that people in my class enjoy. Some people enjoy poetry and song lyrics, and others enjoy novels and articles. It was nice to hear everyones opinions on what good writing means to them. It broadened my perspective on the subject.
1-22-09 In everyday life, people are constantly being persuaded. For me, I commonly try to persuade people to look at views and ideas from my perspective and to try to get them to agree with me or at least see where I am coming from. A lot of my persuasion is with relation to the Catholic Church, religion, and my views on topics such a abortion and women rights. I try to persuade people to go to church with me or to be open minded about situations. I am also persuasive in everyday life such as trying to get my friends to go to the gym with me, or persuading my parents to give me the money to do something. I am persuaded by other people by others wanting me to do stuff for them such as drive them to the grocery store, or let them borrow my things. Persuasion is sometimes looked at negatively such as peer pressure, but it can also be used for good.
1-27-09 Today the class looked for examples in the media of fallacies. I found one in an axe body spray commercial. This ad was using good premises. Smelling good is attractive, therefore if you smell good you are attractive. The topic that i will be following for the next couple weeks is the freedom of choice act and abortion. I believe i will be able to find many fallacies in this. Two fallacies that I have already seen in pro choice articles are generalizations about the public, majority rules, and appeal to emotions.
1-29-09 The topic that I chose for portfolio one is abortion and the new Freedom of Choice Act. This act will legalize abortion in all 50 states and also set up free and more accessable family planning and sex education classes. The reason for passing this act is to hopefully educate people more on sex and chldren and hopefully that will reduce the amount of abortions. Obama also passed this act because he believes in freedom of choice and that women should have the right to choose what they want. I chose this topic because it is something that i have strong beliefs about and it is an issue that I care about. I do not believe in freedom of choice. I believe everything happens for a reason, so we should protect the lives of the unborn. After writing about my issue for 15 min I discovered that it will be easy to detect bias in my articele, but in most of my articles they do write about both sides of the issue. Authors of the articles usually write about Bush's view on abortion (not legalizing) and Obamas views (legalizing). There is persuasion involved on both parts in most of the articles I am looking at. I did not learn much from reading the articles because before the portfolio I was already actively engaged in the subject. This writing is different from most of the writing I have done in college because I have never written on persuasion, and I have never had to look for that in others writings.
2-5-09 From the issues watch I have learned more about the Freedom of Choice Act and Obamas reasoning reason for wanting to pass it. He believes that by passing this act it will educated people more on family planning and sex education thus lowering the amount of abortions that will happen. I understand his thought process but I still do not agree with the act. I believe there is a better way to educate people without legalizing aborting n every state. In all of my articles, the authors put the presidents views in the article and in some articles they focus on the majority of the people. The main topics on abortion discussed are the freedom of choice act, the decision to legalize abortion, and peoples values, morals, and faith.
2-12 My own biases and opinions definatly affect my interpretation of the article. As I read the articles, I kept looking for ways to interpret what the author was saying in a way that would agree with what I was thinking. I wanted every article to correspond with my beliefs about abortion even though I knew I needed to be looking for different views as well. The personal beliefs that I value all mainly relate to my faith and trust in God. These beliefs make me very opposed to abortion and the new abortion laws that Obama wants to pass, and it makes it hard to read articles that go against my beliefs. God, Church, Catholisism, my family, pro life groups, bible study groups, Campus Crusades for Christ, and my family all have an influence on my personal values.
2-19 To me, academic writing means writing based on your knowledge and research of a topic. I believe that this project document is a form of academic writing because we are using our research from the media to support our opinions. It seems to be a little different then the other types of academic writing that i have done because this project documents also requires the incorporation of my own values and opinions, and it is not strictly facts and research. I think i have written my project document a little differently than other papers that I have written in my past. Once again, I believe it is because this paper is more personal and based off of my views and opinions. Normally, my academic papers are written on research that I have obtained and it is me stating facts. Also, the audience that I am writing to is more broad because it is a important social issue that is widely known. In my paper, I think that pro life supporters would be more likely to be engaged in my paper then anyone else.