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Discussion Topic #9 Prompt Questions
Read the materials in the Unit 3 Lesson 4 file and the essays assigned for this week:
“The Trouble with Diversity” by Walter Benn Michaels (p.571~), “The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery” by Camille Paglia (p.584~), “Violence Vanquished” by Steven Pinker (p.591~), and “The Empathy Gap” by Sherry Turkle (p.644~). Work on a draft of your argumentative essay also. Read questions below carefully and answer the questions.
Provide substantive responses in both your initial post and your reply to at least one other student. The responses should NOT be abrupt, superficial, or too general: They should reflect your profound thoughts on the questions and on at least one other student’s response. Use quotations and paraphrases in your answers on readings.
・The initial post should be a paragraph or two (150~200 words) per question and the reply should be at least one paragraph (100~200 words). However, the quality is more important than the quantity.
・Please take a look at the rubric before you start to write your answers.
・Copy each question and add your answer below it.
Discussion Prompt Questions:
1. Write the third tentative body paragraph of your argumentative essay (another paragraph different from the two you had already posted). As you did for the previous weeks, add your tentative thesis statement and works-cited information for the sources you used in that paragraph.
2. Describe your plan for the argumentative essay. How many body paragraphs are you planning to add to the three you have posted on the discussion board (#7, # 8, and #9)? Describe the topics of the rest of the body paragraphs.
3. In “The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery,” Camille Paglia does not provide a simplistic view such as plastic surgery is “good” or “bad.” What does she think should be a purpose or effect of plastic surgery? Paraphrase “the pitfalls” of plastic surgery she mentions in this essay.
4. Choose one from A, B, and C. Answer the question.
A. Pinker states that “today we may be living in the most peaceable era in the existence of our species” (Pinker 592) in his article titled “Violence Vanquished.” What evidence does he provide to justify this point of view? Does he provide sufficient and valid evidence for his readers to acknowledge its authenticity?
B. In “The Trouble with Diversity,” Walter Benn Michaels points out that because of “the American love affair with race” (Michaels 575), people have failed to confront the real cause of social inequality. He asserts that “we must shift our focus from cultural diversity to economic equality to help alter the political terrain of contemporary American intellectual life.” He explains this view in detail in paragraphs #7 ~10 (Michaels 574~575). Paraphrase his claim on what is the fundamental problem of our society in terms of diversity.
C. Sherry Turkle illuminates the communication gap between therapists and their clients, which was caused due to development of technology, in the article “The Empathy Gap.” Describe her perspective on difference between digital communication and face-to-face conversation. What do we need to be aware of in this modern society where digital communication is pervasive, according to Turkle?