Scott Kapuscinski

  • College Writing 110: Comedy, Satire, and Persuasion

     

    Scott Kapuscinski                                                        

    skapusci@gmail.com                                  […]

  • Freud “Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious”

    John Morreal “Taking Laughter Seriously”

    Morreal “The Social Value of Humor”

    Gordon Harvey “Elements of Academic Writing”

    M […]

  • College Writing 110: Comedy, Satire, and Persuasion

     

    Scott Kapuscinski                                                        

    skapusci@gmail.com                                 […]

  • Freud “Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious”

    John Morreal “Taking Laughter Seriously”

    Morreal “The Social Value of Humor”

    Gordon Harvey “Elements of Academic Writing”

    M […]

  • Freud “Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious”

    John Morreal “Taking Laughter Seriously”

    Morreal “The Social Value of Humor”

    Gordon Harvey “Elements of Academic Writing”

    Mark Twain’s Advice […]

  • College Writing 110: Comedy, Satire, and Persuasion

     

    Scott Kapuscinski                                                        

    skapusci@gmail.com                                  […]

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    “Notes on Nationalism” (Full essay) by Orwell

    Newman’s “Intertextuality, Power, and Danger in Waiting for the Barbarians”

    Ashcroft’s “Irony Allegory and […]

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  • Freud “Jokes and their Relationship to the Unconscious”

    John Morreal “Taking Laughter Seriously”

    Morreal “The Social Value of Humor”

    Gordon Harvey “Elements of Academic Writing”

    Mark Twain’s Advice […]

  • Post your response to the following prompt below:

    Choose a passage from your rough draft and pair it with one of the author’s we’ve read this semester. In your comparison identify one key similarity and one […]

    • I would compare my writing to Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author” as I consider my paper to also be a critical piece of writing much like “The Death of the Author” is. Where I diverge from Barthes is that my writing is not literary criticism but is still criticism nonetheless. Barthes in his writing is impassioned to explain how the author’s interpretation of their work is not superior to the reader’s interpretation. In my paper “The Danger of Smartphones” I hope to explain as impassionedly as Barthes did his argument my own argument about how smartphones can be a negative influence on people’s lives. Moreover, like Barthes I value the interpretation of the reader over the author’s interpretation of their work. That’s why in my paper I challenge the meaning of some of the evidence I used and instead give my own interpretation that is contrary to what the author of the evidence intended. For example, I include evidence in my paper about how the “Night Shift” mode Apple has updated the iPhone with is beneficial and has a positive impact on users. While the author of the evidence I use portrays “Night Shift” as a benefit I instead dismantle that interpretation and point out the flaws of “Night Shift” and how it really is not beneficial at all. Here is the excerpt from my paper:

      “The “Night Shift” feature works by reducing the “blue light” produced by iPhone displays because “blue light” leads to a loss of melatonin production which makes it much harder for someone to fall asleep at night (Gould and Loria). On the surface it seems like a good feature that Apple is providing and that they have the best interests of their consumers at heart but I disagree. The ideal solution is to simply not use your phone while lying in bed at night. Apple with their “Night Shift” feature is encouraging people to use their phones at night in bed and justifying their screen use when they should be sleeping.”

      I acknowledge in my writing that while the reduction of “blue light” is a benefit to the user I still challenge the idea that the feature itself is beneficial at all. My argument is that using a smartphone while in bed and prior to sleeping is simply something that should be avoided and by Apple providing a feature that encourages smartphone use before bed they are not helping their users they are hurting them. Thus, I am using my own interpretation of other people’s writing as a reader like Barthes encourages in order to further my own argument.

    • I chose to compare my final paper with “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn. My paper along with this piece is a history paper. Both structured similarly in that sense. The major difference, of course, is the topic. Howard Zinn’s discussion is by every means more important, severe, and serious. I’m not trying to argue that, mostly any history-based document would have worked in this comparison. In any of these cases, it would be strange to compare any of the documents to a popular franchise.

      “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn

      “There is not a country in world history in which racism has been more important, for so long a time, as the United States.”

      Compared to my final paper:

      “This powerhouse quickly became a household name across the globe, sparking a quickly spreading wildfire from this simple idea. Of course, like anything that has any sort of impact on our world started as a simple idea.”

    • I think that my rough draft for my research essay most reflects the “Background info on the Scopes Trial.” Although my essay is mostly factual based, it is most like the Wikipedia page due to the information and research involved in both. My essay and the article both have facts that talk about the subject at hand. At times my paper and the “Background info on the Scopes Trial” might seem dense and boring because it regurgitates evidence.
      Something that both my essay and the Wikipedia page have in common are the details in the claims and the facts. We both did not just state a statistic or something that had happened and wrote it down, but we went into detail about it to make it more understandable; which may seem why its dense.
      Something that was different between the two works were that my research essay was more broad while the Wikipedia page was more specific and focused on just the actual topic.

    • I am going to compare my second paper to “Culture and Imperialism” by Edward Said. One of the concepts in “Culture and Imperialism” by Edward Said is that authors tend to have a message/ meaning behind their texts that are showcased as stories. I think that idea connects to my second paper. My paper is an autobiography that tells a story about what led me to getting the gastric bypass surgery and how my life changed after getting the surgery. However, there is a deeper message behind my autobiography, in fact, it has multiple messages. One of the messages being that one should do what is right for them and not let anyone get in the way of his or her happiness. As for a difference between my paper and Edward Said’s “Culture and Imperialism”, it would be that my paper is an autobiography.

    • I feel like My second paper is something that resembles the reading we did on 80 books no woman should read. i say this because of the opinionated yet informative tone that is in that article i feel is carried out throughout most of my paper. At first I didn’t feel my paper resembled any of the readings because i felt it was not different but just way to simple to be so creative in the non fiction field. Like 80 books my paper tells the does and dont’s of dealing with divorce. It states the facts and reasons behind choices and opens the door for those who have not yet experienced or read on the topic discussed to want to create their own opinions. Divorce and children are topics that are capable of creating a conversation that could be had for a long time similar to a horrible book that offends a specific gender.

  • Hi everyone,

    Per the syllabus, this week is about Old and New writing. I’m going to include an example of my own. It’s from Henry David Thoreau called “Civil Disobedience,” and its relevance hasn’t diminished […]

    • In terms of “old” nonfiction writing that I have read, (it’s sort of a limited list) but I have chosen “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. I read this when I was really young and will never forget it. (I can bring it to class tomorrow)

      For my “new” nonfiction, I read great newspaper articles all the time- But there’s one piece I ready from New York Times Magazine that I really loved. “In the Shadow of a Fairy Tale” by Leslie Jamison. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/magazine/in-the-shadow-of-a-fairy-tale.html

    • In terms of nonfiction writing that was written over thirty years ago, there aren’t a lot of works that capture what I feel is most important in nonfiction writing ( actually I can’t think of too many and I can’t say that I have read a lot). However, I would choose a novel that is on the border of fiction and nonfiction and it is called David Copperfield written by Charles Dickens. It is semiautobiographical and I hope that it is a valid example since I find that many issues the novel addresses apply to the modern world today as well. Also because it is detailed, it made me believe that these events must have some truth in them and that the writer must have written from someone else’s experiences, if not completely his own.

    • An old nonfiction writing that I vaguely remember reading was called In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and I read this sometime in high school. I thought it was very significant because it was based off a true story and it was the author writing about a crime that involved the murder of a family. It’s his experience talking with the investigators and some cops about the brutal crime. H talked about the murderers and their psychosis. And I honestly thought it was very important because usually this would be like fictional work but instead it’s the authors own personal investigation.

    • I chose the article “Men Walk On Moon” by John Noble Wilford originally published on July 21 1969.

      It can be found here:

      http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0720.html

    • The old non-fiction writing I chose is “Black Boy” by Richard Wright. This piece is a memoir written in the 1940s about Wright’s childhood in the South as well as moving to the North. Throughout the memoir, Wright experiences racism due to the Jim Crow laws. I chose this work because towards the end of “Black Boy”, Wright explains that he wants to use his writing to start a revolution and change the world. Non-fiction writing as well as other works of literature have the strong ability to move and change people.

    • The text I chose is Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

      https://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/econ/ugcm/3ll3/hobbes/Leviathan.pdf

    • Although I am posting this after class, I thought late is better than never.
      Below is a pdf link to the old non-fiction book I chose. It is Hiroshima by John Hersey.
      To me it sounds like Hersey wrote the book in a way to make the reader seem haunted/scared by the six survivors’ interactions with the bombing.

      http://www.eflclub.com/10books/hiroshima.pdf

    • The old text that I chose is The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi. I read this book in Korean when I was in korea. This was published in 1927. We can learn so many life lessons from this book. We can see Gandhi’s political perspective and how he sacrifice for the Indian people and by doing those actions he showed to the world that can solve the political issues with out violence.
      The new text that I chose is “Hidden figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. I read the book and watches the movie as well and I felt like it has to be written by everyone. We can see two of the biggest problem in this world which is racism towards black and sexual discrimination. Because the protagonist in this book was a black woman who had both of the disadvantage at that time and the protagonist proves herself that colored and woman can be inferior to other races or gender.

    • I provided a link to Alice S. Rossi’s “Job Discrimination and What Women Can Do About It,” which was published in March of 1970.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1970/03/job-discrimination-and-what-women-can-do-about-it/304922/

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