Because I know you’re going to ask…

Some of you will ask what *time* these final blogs are due, so I might as well be honest: I’m not going to start checking them until Saturday morning. But, I have to be able to tell that these were in on time, so the date-stamp function on your entries is very handy.  I’ll accept any blog entries that are date-stamped for Friday, but not for Saturday.  So, 12 midnight on Friday night is the cut off point—blog entries submitted after this point will be ignored.  

Spurious Correlations

Something fun to distract you from finals, and, also, the reason I discouraged cause/effect papers.  It’s too easy to do something like this:

Childhood Throwbacks: My Own Album


In order to prove my point that albums are a more complete method of releasing songs than singles, I decided to make an album of my own. Unfortunately, I did not have the musical talent or the equipment to perform this task, so I made a compilation album. In some ways though, it is even better…

One of my students created what I think is a surprisingly clever expression of his final argument in multimedia. By creating an album of his own, he provided primary and creative evidence that an album makes a further range of tools possible for the musical artist to build an emotional experience for the listener.  I particularly appreciated how creatively thought-out this project was—the student didn’t merely restate or record his argument, he demonstrated it.  Very cool.

The Grim Reaper




At first I thought that the Radiolab “Dead Reckoning” would be somewhat of a stretch in relation to my topic, aside from the striking similarity of the topic of dying - discussed in the Radiolab, viewed in many medical dramas. However,…

Wow—a really thoughtful connection from a Radiolab episode to this student’s blog.  I particularly like how the student didn’t just limit her critical engagement to agreement or disagreement, liking or not liking, or what was good/bad about the show, but explored very specific connections to the show and questions she had been engaging in her blog.  She reflected that, at least for one example in the show, reality was more far-fetched than TV!

When Worlds Collide



E. H. Smith argues that a person’s race/nationality decides if they are treated like an expatriate or an immigrant. There is definitely a nicer connotation with the term expatriate than there is with the word immigrant. Smith supports his claim by saying that he himself, a Caucasian…

This is an excellent post for a few reasons.  First, it bravely tackles an uncomfortable and tricky subject: race and immigration.  This student’s blog is on European trends, but she had the guts to go outside of her comfort zone and see this really unfortunate but complex stereotype as another “trend” she could expose.  Second, this post deals with this difficult situation in a complex and sensitive way.  It would have been easy to take one side or the other, or even not to deal with the issue at all and say “that’s too bad” but she shows understanding for all sides of this complex issue, while not shying away from asserting her own voice and interpretation.  THIS is scholarly work. 

The “best” posts

I’ve been skimming through your simple argument using “best” posts and I’ve noticed that quite a few are missing standardizations.  Make sure you include this at the bottom of your post (and not in the comments, or I won’t see it) so that you receive full credit for this post.