Assignment 2: "Stop The Clock" by Amy Wu

Amy Wu's article is about the fact that people nowadays are obsessed with saving time, but then don't even use it effectively. She talks about her aunt and the way she "wastes" her time cleaning her house, cooking her meals, doing laundry etc. Wu and her friends opt for paper plates and take-out. Throughtout the article though, Wu finds herself questioning why her aunt takes such pleasure in these activities and by the end, finds pleasure in them herself.

Wu's main points are how much time her aunt puts into chores, how much time Wu's generation tries to save, and the fact that Wu eventually realizes her aunt was right all along. These all lead me to believe that her thesis is "I am a member of a generation that is very concerned with saving time, but often unaware of why we're doing it." Her key arguments that support this are found throught the article.

One argument is that Wu and her friends order take-out, use paper plates, and eat lunch while walking to class. This argument is strong because it shows many ways in which the girls are trying to effectively save time. It's weak, however, because the girls are in college and need to save time. She doesn't state exactly what her and her friends do with their saved time. For all we know, they could spend it on homework which would be a very effective use for it.

Another argument is that no one uses regular mail anymore, just email. This argument's strong point is that it is very true that no one writes letters anymore. Thought almost everyone likes to receive them, no one really takes the time to send them out anymore. The weak part of this argument is the fact that writing an email doesn't save that much time. The time it takes to be delivered is much quicker, but it would take almost as long to write as a letter would.

Finally, Wu makes a good argument by realizing the beauty of taking time to do things. This argument is very strong because it makes you question what all this time was really being saved for. You realize that by taking extra time out of your day to do simple tasks, you get a lot of satisfaction out of making people happy.

Amy Wu uses many logos, pathos, and ethos in her article. Her ethos are simply the fact that she uses real life examples that happened to her and/or that she's seen happen. If this information is coming directly from experience then we can assume it's very credible. Her logos overlap with this. She gives details, facts, and specific examples from things she's experienced. One example is when she talks about her friend who listened to The Client instead of reading it. That's a specific example she's experienced that shows someone saving time. I believe that her pathos are the strongest. There are many examples of her using emotion. One is when she states "My aunt tends to her house as if it were her child." It shows just how much time and energy her aunt puts into it and says it in a way that will help many people relate. Another example is when she says "That night I grinned as my father and sister dug into the pasta, then the cake, licking their lips in appreciation. It had been a long time since I'd felt so proud." It shows the reader exactly how much satifaction you can get out of doing little things for people.

This article was published in Newsweek. We can assume by that that the majority of the audience consists of intellectual, middle-ag

ed people. These people would agree with Wu, but wouldn't necessarily learn anything they don't already know. The majority of people who could learn from it are teenagers and young adults. Because of this, I think the article would have a much stronger effect if published in a magazine aimed and younger readers.

Editing Lesson List:

Misplaced Modifiers
Parallel Structure
Punctuating Titles
Subject and Verb Agreement

Assignment 3: Etymology

The word war comes from the Middle English were, the Anglo-French werre, Old High German werra (strife), and Old High German werran (to confuse). The verb “to make war on” is recorded as early as 1154 so it can be assumed that it has had basically the same meaning throughout time. It is thought that the original sense it to “bring into confusion.” War also translates into “struggle” or “strife.” All of these definitions definitely make sense with how the word is used today. Certainly battles of all kind are struggles and if things aren’t just right, it is confusing.

War for a while during time was a simple explanation; it referred to some sort of series of battles that were declared, just that, a war. Nowadays, however, the meaning is a little less clear. We refer to events such as Korea and Vietnam as wars, though they were technically never declared and remain as conflicts. We also use the term for statements such as the “War” on Drugs and the “War” on Poverty. Most formal definitions of the word say things to the effect of “armed fighting; a conflict carried on by force of arms, such as between nations; active military operations.” This is what most people think of when they hear the word war, but when you choose to define it as “a struggle,” it goes so far beyond that.

War has always had the same basic meaning—it was never a good thing—but that meaning has, in fact, changed slightly. I don’t think during World War II people could have imagined the word war referring to the struggles a poor, single mother goes through, but today that would be a perfectly acceptable thing to call it. There are all kinds of wars; the weapons used are what differentiate them.

Assignment 5: Research Topic Proposal

The topic I’m proposing is animal experimentation. Mainly, the use of it to test medications and cosmetics to benefit humans. The issue is whether or not it is right to perform experiments on animals solely for our benefit—especially harmful experiments that result in a lot of pain and possibly death. This practice has been around for a very long time and affects both millions of people and millions of animals every day. I am interested in this topic because I am, in fact, against it, but feel I can cover it correctly. Though I’m not for it, I plan to look at both sides and do no think my paper will be at all biased. I will do this by looking not only at the morality of it, but the logical side as well which includes the economic aspect of whether or not it is our best option.
Possible research questions:
Is animal experimentation right?
Is animal experimentation the best option?
Is animal experimentation our only option? Lynzee -- Asking whether animal experimentation is "right" probably won't work out for you too well. Your questions about whether it is the only or the best option are much better. There will likely be a lot of information out there, so you will have to sift through your sources carefully, and you might even need to focus your research a little more by choosing the angle of either cosmetics or medications. It is hard to say how to narrow the topic until you get into the research and see what's out there. Just keep your options open. Your research might lead you in an unexpected (and possibly more interesting) direction. -- Leah