Academic Writing II, week 10: December 4th, 2015


None. Take a break. Hang loose. Chill out.

Today’s class:

  1. Proofread your own and a classmate’s essay.
    1. Suitable title? Not too vague nor too long.
    2. Double-spaced?
    3. Your name, class, professor’s name, date
      1. in either top left or top right-hand corner
      2. and on the FIRST page ONLY
      3. Bibliography or works cited list
        1. You should all have at least one: the article you wrote your response to (either the “homework” one by Alfie Kohn, or the “violent video games” one by Amanda Shaffer (no, she’s not my sister!).
        2. Any Japanese books, articles, newspapers, magazines, websites, etc., that you use should all be in Roman letters (no Chinese letters should be anywhere in your essay)
        3. No URLs, just the title of the website.
  2. Textbook: Chapter 6: Timed Essays
    1. page 1134, answer the 4 questions (on looseleaf)
    2. page 135, read the sample essay
    3. page 140, read “A”, practice 5 (directly in the textbook)
    4. page 1141, practice 6 (directly in the textbook)
  3. Checked the answers to the sample academic reading #6 “David Cameron’s porn filter”,  Sample academic reading 6 .
    1. To understand “censorship creep” in the title, you need to understand “mission creep”. Click the link to read a Japanese translation.
    2. Then answer these questions:
      1. What does “censorship creep” mean?
        1. “Censorship creep”: the question asks you to define the meaning. Many students wrote, “It means increasing censorship”, but strictly speaking, that is the result of censorship creep, not the definition of the meaning. Answer the question.
      2. What was “always the intention”, according to the article?
        1. The purpose was always “to block far more than dirty pictures”.
      3. What non-pornographic sites were also filtered?
        1. Gay and lesbian sites and sex education sites.
      4. Does the author think that a “social or moral framework” is necessary for the Internet?
        1. No. There is no ‘social or moral framework’ in a library, so why should there be one on the Internet?
      5. What is the evidence, according to the article, that pornography harms young people?
        1. There is almost no evidence (“scant”).
      6. What does the author think the real purpose of the “porn filter” is?
        1. The author thinks, or suspects, that the real purpose of the “porn filter” is not to block pornography and protect the children but “a convenient way to block a lot of content the British government doesn’t want its citizens to see” without any proper public debate and discussion about it.
      7. What do you think “extremism” means, and why does the author put it in quotation marks (“..”)?
        1. Extremism means different things to different people. However, in the case of a national law, the meaning needs to be defined clearly and publicly, so that people everywhere know exactly what is permitted and what is not. The author puts it in quotation marks (“…”) because the author suspects that the government will use the word to persuade people to accept the new law, but then expand the meaning of the word to include “content that the British government doesn’t want its citizens to see”, such as information about file sharing and free music downloads, or simply sites critical of the government. Of course, such sites will not really be extremist according to a dictionary definition.
      8. What does the author mean by “in the name of protecting children”?
        1. The author means that protecting the children may well be used as an excuse to control adult behaviour in ever increasing and surprising ways.