There are 3 excerpts and I will provide them alongside the writing guidelines. (Need a works cited page as well)
PAPER 3 Expos 355:101 Instructor: Sascha Hosters
Readings: Cathy Davidson, ?Project Classroom Makeover? (New Humanities Reader) Jean Twenge: ?An Army of One: Me? (New Humanities Reader) Tim Wu: ?Father and Son? (New Humanities Reader)
Questions to Get You Started: ? What is the ideal notion of the Internet? Was it ever realized? How did it evolve? How does it relate to concepts of hierarchy and collaboration? ? What are open and closed systems and what role does this opposition play in the evolution of the Internet? How does it relate to education? How to collaboration and hierarchies? ? All three authors approach their respective topics from a historical angle. What can be learned from the past about the prospect of the future? Are there analogies in the general development of society? ? Does technology actually promote the uncritical self-absorption of ?Generation Me,? or might it represent an antidote? Do social media make more social and collaborative, or do they actually encourage psychological isolation? N.B.: Remember that these questions should inform your thinking, but should not be answered as a list.
Nowadays, the Internet is ubiquitous. For a reason, Tim Wu starts his essay ?Father and Son? with the iPhone launch in 2007, and marks it as a decisive turning point not just in the relationship between Apple and Google, but also for a majority of western society: ?In entering this partnership (with AT&T), Apple was aligning itself with the nemesis everything Google, the Internet, and once even Apple itself stood for? (Wu 536). The evolution of the Internet and its big players? battle between open and closed systems seems to have a key influence on people?s on- and offline habits. In 2003, another Apple product, the iPod, played a crucial role in Cathy Davidson?s ?Project Class-Room Makeover?, where it has been used to ?crowdsource educational innovation for a digital age to our incoming students? at Duke University (Davidson 51). Jean Twenge on the other hand, approaches the discussion critiquing the development of self- esteem programs that resulted in breeding ?Generation Me?, a generation that increasingly shows narcissistic behavior and entitlement (Twenge 504).
In times of social media, selfie-sticks and snapchat, think about the relations between all three arguments and use specific examples from all readings to support an original thesis. Did the evolution of the Internet coincide with the creation of GenMe or does new technology foster collaborative approaches? Are technology and the Internet enabling a more open or closed society? Are we becoming more connected, or more isolated?
Taking all three texts into consideration, respond to the following prompt: How might Tim Wu?s account of the evolution of the Internet contribute to the understanding of recent developments in education and conceptions of the self?
v Rough Draft Due: Wednesday, October 19 (four full pages) Please upload (as an attachment) to Assignments on our Sakai site (sakai.rutgers.edu) by 12:00 PM (noon) on Wednesday, October 19. Bring two hard copies to class for peer review.
v Final Draft Due: Monday, October 24 (five full pages) Please upload (as an attachment) to Assignments 2 on our Sakai site (sakai.rutgers.edu) by 11:55 PM on Monday, October 24.
Late rough drafts will result in a half-letter grade deduction from the final draft of Paper 2. Late final drafts will result in a full-letter grade deduction from Paper 3.
Required: *stapled *double-spaced *1-inch margins *12-pt. font (Times New Roman) *MLA format (Your headers, page numbers, and quotations should be formatted properly.)