Write a brief analysis of The Social Dilemma, including its thesis

Welcome to this week’s Discussion Forum (DF). Please post your responses and respond to at least one classmate by 10/24/21. Please note that you must post your own replies before you can see your classmates’ answers.

This week’s DF covers the following module and materials. Use them to answer the questions below:

Reading Module 1

Basic Principles of Academic Writing

Types of Rhetorical Modes

Steps of Writing a Paper

Prewriting Techniques

Building Your Paper

Quoting and Paraphrasing

The Social Dilemma (Links to an external site.)

Essay 1 assignmentLinks to an external site.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS FOR CREDIT; there is no partial credit. Where indicated, write at least 250 words. Post the word counts for all of your answers.

  1. Write a brief analysis of The Social Dilemma, including its thesis (primary claim/main idea). (Write at least 250 words.)
  2. Now that you’ve determined The Social Dilemma’s thesis, write a credible counter-argument to it. (Write at least 250 words.)
  3. What makes writing academic? How does academic writing differ from non-academic, casual writing? (Write at least 250 words.)
  4. Which method of persuasion (pathos, ethos, logos) does The Social Dilemma use primarily? Is this method impactful? Why or why not? Might other methods work better? (Write at least 250 words.)
  5. The Types of Rhetorical Modes section reveals, “The narrative rhetorical mode uses storytelling to support a point or to educate an audience on a particular topic. Starting with a point or topic in mind, rather than just the events of the story itself, can ensure that your Essay 1 assignment has direction and purpose. What point do you want your story to make? What do you want your audience to take away from your story?
  6. As described in the Steps of Writing a Paper and Prewriting Techniques sections, in answer to this question, perform either a brainstorming or freewriting session for Essay 1.
  7. Based on your brainstorming or freewriting session, outline Essay 1 as described in Steps of Writing a Paper.
  8. Essay 1 is a narrative assignment. It requires you to tell a personal story. Though it is not an argument or persuasive essay, modes of persuasion still apply because you will be telling a story with the purpose of making a point to your audience. Which mode of persuasion, ethos, pathos, or logos, will you primarily use in Essay 1? Why? You can use your outline from question 7 to pull examples of this mode of persuasion. (Write at least 250 words.)

For the sake of demonstration, let’s say I am going to write about the time my dog escaped while my friend was watching her and how technology helped me find her. The moment I was reunited with my dog would be significant. From my outline, I pull that I am planning to spend an entire paragraph on that reunion. I am specifically going to describe how dirty my dog’s face was, and how much her eyes had changed, indicating lack of care. This would be an example of pathos, an attempt to elicit emotion from my audience.

  1. Write your thesis from the perspective of each of the three modes of persuasion. Going back to my example in question 8, here is my thesis, three ways. See if you can tell which is which (then scroll to the bottom to see if you got them right):

A) As an early adapter of smartphone technology, I well know the pitfalls of spending too much time scrolling and staring at a screen, but it was my so-called addiction that prevented me from losing my dog.

B) It took a photograph of my poodle, her white face crusted with rusty tears, to show me that the true value of staying connected is being able to save someone you love.

C) Though nomophobia, fear of being without a cell phone, gets a bad rap, it worked to my advantage the day my dog almost ended up on a missing poster.

  1. The “Grabbing the Reader’s Attention” section of Building Your Paper lists seven strategies for opening a paper. Keeping your thesis and primary mode of persuasion in mind, write seven introductory sentences for your paper; that’s one for each of the seven strategies. Please go in order and label them so that it’s obvious which strategy you’re using. (You will choose one of these opening sentences for question 11.)
  2. Take one of your opening sentences from question 10 and one of your thesis statements from question 9 — the thesis that best fits your primary mode of persuasion — and write an introductory paragraph. Use the concept-funnel structure mentioned in Building Your Paper. (Write at least 250 words.)
  3. What is the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and citation? When should you apply each one? (Write at least 250 words.)

Pay attention: Questions 1 – 4, 8, 11, and 12 require at least 250 words each. The rest have no word-count requirement. Again, always post word counts for all answers.

Responding to classmates: It’s up to you to determine whom you’d like to respond to, and which of their answers you address. Peer response is part of your Class Participation grade and must be completed. It’s a good idea to use 250 words as a goal for your peer responses. A response that is just a handful of sentences will not count. The point is to give useful feedback and to gain insight for your own writing.

Answers to modes of persuasion for question 9: A) ethos, B) pathos, C) logos

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