Read the following popular critical pieces (printable versions available here):
Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
Clive Thompson’s “Your Outboard Brain Knows All”
David Crystal’s “2b or Not 2b”
Watch Gary Turk’s Look Up and Rives’ A Mockingbird Remix of TED 2006
Use (and print out) Handouts 4 “Identifying Claims | Analyzing Arguments” and 5 “Developing a Critical Stance | Identifying the Conversation,” available here.
Use both to help identify the claims and arguments of each piece, and then attempt to meld these sources into a larger issue-based question.
Then generate a rough Issue-based question that combines the question you just composed with our discussions / readings thus far.
Bring your worksheet from today’s class, and bring a printout of your issue-based question as well.
Post to the class site and come prepared to discuss your issue-based question.