During this project I will explain my relationship with four different concepts that I have read about, this will include how those concepts help me understand and conquer our rhetorically-active and information-saturated world. I will then talk about how this class has challenged my view of myself as a writer, which projects I thought were the hardest, and what I think you should change about the class. Overall I will be explaining how I think this class affected me the most and how I view myself as a writer.
My first and favorite concept I want to talk about is the Activity Theory that Donna Kain and Elizabeth Wardle describe to be a lens that helps you have a better understanding of objects or any incident that you confront. The activity theory is what you go through to find the information about how and why something is functioning. It then goes on to tie into the activity system, which is what considers people’s common motives and how they try to accomplish those motives. The Activity Theory diagram helps you understand the “context” of a community by showing the important elements in group work and how they connect with one another to complete the Activity System. In the Activity Theory diagram there are 6 elements; Tools, Subjects, Rules, Community, Division of Labor, and Motives. These elements work together to create a working Activity System. I believe that this concept is a big help when there’s a lot of information and you need help understanding why someone, something, or a group, is doing whatever they do. It helps us see what it is that makes everything work. The Activity Theory tells me more information than I would get if I did a rhetorical analysis because it does not go as deep. A rhetorical analysis only covers the outside information other than how and why it is the way it is. This is why I think that this theory was important and had a good relationship with me.
The next concept I’ll cover will be James Paul Gee’s Affinity Spaces. James claims that the idea of “community of practice” can give people the wrong idea about itself and sometimes not the best thing to use for schools and workplaces. Affinity Spaces does not label everyone in a group like community of practice does; this being said, Affinity Spaces describe the community in work environments better than the community of practice does because even though everyone might be in the same workplace, some people can be locked in and working, and some people can be sleeping on their desk. People can be in the same space but not equally on the same page as other people in the space. More and more spaces are growing every day as we keep advancing in technology and making more websites and games that we can connect on. For a space to even become a real thing it first has to have content, the space has to have an idea or a reason. The content in space Gee calls a generator. A generator is kind of the whole purpose you’re even in the space, whatever you’re focusing on. For someone to enter a space there has to be some type of portal for him or her to enter. For example, getting on Facebook and messaging someone; you would be using Facebook as the portal and then the messaging system as the generator. On the other hand sometimes a portal can be a generator at the same time if it’s possible to change any of the content while you’re in the portal. He gives a great example by stating a science book can be both by creating a portal for the students to enter and then using it as a generator to learn from it. Gee’s explains Affinity Spaces to be spaces that allow change to come within the space by people that are using the generator. Call Of Duty is a huge Affinity Space that is an interactional organization that updates itself monthly and has multiple websites where people talk about the game, mod it their self, or gives it reviews. You do not need a personal bond with anyone to discuss about the portal...
...recent newspaper article (within the past 3 years) that shows how humans impact the diversity of ecosystems. Summarize the article in 300 words and explain why you chose your article (be sure to include the original article as well).
Evaluate the importance of the sustainable use of plants to Canadian society and other cultures
Answer one of the following questions, by conducting research. Your response should not be longer than 250 words and you should provide appropriate evidence (by citing credible references):
How does the local food movement contribute to community development?
How does the re-introduction of native plant species along river banks help to prevent land erosion?
What plant species are considered important in sustaining Canada’s growth in the agricultural sector?
How are plants being used to clean wastewater from fish farms so that the water can go back into local streams?
The development and uses of technology to maintain human health, are based in part, in the changing needs of society
Choose a technology (advances in dietary products, advances in fitness equipment, advances in transplant technology, advances in diagnostic equipment, etc.). Create a timeline showing how that technology has advanced over the years, based on the changing needs of society.
Genetic and genomic research can have social and environmental...
How Dance Has Affected Me
If I had to give one reason why dance has changed my life, I would say that it's because it gave me so much within the numbered dance we had together. When I was 5 years old I asked my mother if I could join ballet. I had been growing obsessed with it for the past year of my life. I loved to watch videos of ballet recitals that my cousin Lucy had performed in. I was extremely jealous of her. She was tall and thin and she looked regal and poised while she was running around in her tutu. My mother agreed and I was enrolled in a class later that week. I loved ballet, I was ecstatic walking into the room and when we did our exercises I did them with obsessive enthusiasm. Dance taught me respect for myself and respect for others. I continued with ballet for 6 more years, and I learned many things about myself and the world, now that I look back on my experiences. Although I loved dance and how I was able to freely express myself, it did come with some negatives. Dancing can take you to an incredible high, but can brutally crush your ego as well. As a child I took gymnastics, cheerleading, and ballet. All three are very physical activities that definitely wore me out and all three were competitive. Any competitive sports (yeah I count them both as...
...to be an important position of responsibility. It would be an honour for me to carry out this role and fulfill all its duties to the best of my ability.
I feel that the role of a prefect is perfectly suited for me. This position would allow me to give something back to the school after four years of being guided by different prefects and teachers of Greensprings School. This would give me an opportunity to help out pupils from the school like prefects have helped me. In return, the experience gained would be great. It would allow me to become a mature and a responsible person carrying out important duties. It would be a privilege to be representing the pupils in the school and helping out the teachers. I believe I am a great candidate. I am punctual, with an attendance record of 100% last term which marks me out as a reliable candidate who would not let the school down.
If given the position of prefect, I will be representing the school, the teachers and my peers and will have to set a good example by presenting the right image. I am smart in appearance, very social and attentive. I interact with lots of people in different years each day, so I feel that if I became a prefect I would be able to approach pupils from year groups younger than me and I always try to have a friendly smile on my face. I would work well with other prefects, as I have...
...way or another including mine. I learned a very important lesson about the disease that afflicted my grandfather when I myself had a bout with alcoholism.
I have always heard from my father what a smart boy I am. My father also talks of how much I remind him of his father, I'm mechanically inclined, have good common sense, and I have an intelligent personality. But I always found a way to screw things up and make a mess of myself. I couldn't hold a job, I was failing out of school, and my family life was almost non-existent. I had no motivation and it was apparent to others that I was a heavy drinker. I didn't consider Drinking to be a problem though, it was just my way of relaxing. Having a few drinks on the weekends with my friends quickly developed into an all day every day event.
I had been drinking everyday for about a year when my father and I began talking about my problem. I knew I had a problem, but I wouldn't acknowledge it publicly. My father one day in a conversation we were having, mentioned a poem I wrote about drinking. One line in particular at the end "a real friend won't disappear when your thirsty" gave almost definite proof of my knowing I had a problem. At the end of that discussion, we decided to check me into a rehabilitation program in Falmouth called Gosnold.
It was a two week live in program at which I learned a great deal about alcohol and other drugs that damage the lives of normal intelligent...
...How Love Has Changed Me
A person's character defines who they are as an individual, and is often shaped by their past experiences. In my life, being in love has had a positive change in my character. It has taught me to be more honest, selfless, and appreciative. Not only has this made me a better person, it has allowed me to live a better life.
The love for my friends has changed me to be a more honest person. I have learned that in order to create a solid friendship with someone, I need to be able to trust them completely. In order to build that trust, I need to feel that the other person is completely honest with me. One defining moment I remember where I first considered one of my friends to be a true friend was when we were sitting together in art class one afternoon. We were working away on a project where we had to paint self portraits of ourselves. I was ready to hand mine in, but I felt like there was something that I didn't like about it that I couldn't put my finger on. I asked my friend for her opinion, and she bluntly said, "You drew your eyes too close together, and your nose looks a little awkward." At first, I couldn't help but take that opinion personally. I sat there for a few minutes a little confused and hurt, but I realized that my friend didn't mean to...
...Howhas College affected me.
College has affected me in many ways. First off it has thought me to be more responsible. When you’re in college you are responsible for adding and dropping your classes no one does it for you, so if you don’t want a W on your transcript you will pay attention to all the dates the college provides to drop on time. Second reason ithas allowed me to learn things that I thought I would never be interested in. When taking general ed classes you have to choose classes not by choice but because they are required for your degree and or to transfer to a four year college. I really wasn’t a fan of my Political Science class but it taught mehow are country is ran and what makes up a government it also open my mind to vote and if I don’t like something to speak up about it . Finally it has made my family proud that I return back to college. I first enrolled in college 10 years ago right after graduating from high school. Well after the first semester I dropped and just wasn’t interested in college, I made many mistakes in life that I don’t think I would have made if I would have stayed in college the first time around. My Mom always till this day brings it up and says “I told you so” Well thank god I don’t have to hear her say that...
...newspaper in modern times if you can easily go on the internet. She supports this by showing and explaining how spelling checkers and much more are slowly messing with the way we spell.
What Trubek states in her argument is very true, spelling has went from “As soon as possible to ASAP” just in a matter of centuries. It all started in 1475 reducing the amount of letters in words, abbreviating. Back then there was no one or thing to tell you whether you spelled it wrong or right now we have many systems that correct the spelling. Even though it was used in that time as telegrams. I agree that we have let technology change the way the spelling system is now; some of the effects are hardly changeable.
For instance text messaging has made people have a certain and crazy way of spelling that most well a lot of professors, teachers and more don't always understand. Kids and certain adults communicate in many different modalities as a result of technology. When using iPhones, tablets, smart pads and more they use T9 word which corrects the spelling as you text or swipe and let you circle some of the words and it spells them for you. When I started high school and got my first phone I used it, it’s a technology built to help people typing on cellphones. I didn’t know how to spell words so it used set of words that where similar to the word I was looking for. Texting became even easier to me when I was a...
Question: How does Globalisation affect you as an International Business Student?
I’d like to begin this discussion by first asking a few questions. What is globalisation? What does a global world mean? Is it the fast movement of people which means greater interaction? Does it simply mean that due to internet revolution and other technological advances the world is now a village? Does globalisation represent the consumer and open up markets worldwide to their choice and preference? Does it mean countries are free to trade with each other without red tape and other barriers and tariffs? Though the precise definition of globalisation is still unavailable a few definitions worth viewing, Stephen Gill: defines globalisation as the reduction of transaction cost of transborder movements of capital and goods thus of factors of production and goods. Guy Brainbant: says that the process of globalisation not only includes opening up of world trade, development of advanced means of communication, internationalisation of financial markets, growing importance of MNC's, population migrations and more generally increased mobility of persons, goods, capital, data and ideas but also infections, diseases and pollution.
As an international business student globalisation has opened up the world to me. The world is now on my fingertips, I am able to use the world’s resources, learn from fortune 500 companies. I am...