Alfano, Christine L. and Alyssa J. O’Brien. Envision In Depth: Reading, Writing, and Researching Arguments, 2nd Edition. Boston: Longman, 2011.
Length: 5 pages, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins. You must use at least two sources from the list below:
• “argument/Toulmin” (pp 50-53)
• “First Camera” (pp 222-225)
• “Crop,King” (pp 237-240)
• “Who Owns Pop Culture” (pp 349-351)
• “Bound by Law” (pp 351-356)
• “Plagiarism” (pp 376-378)
• “Remix Covers” (pp 378-79)
• “Crafting a position paper” (pp 59-63)
• “Remixed Media” (pp 372-376)
• “Hijacking Harry Potter” (pp 380-81)
• “Writing process” (pp 69-72)
• “Address before Congress” (pp 357-364)
• “Privatization of Our Culture” (pp 365-371)
As Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins illustrate in the excerpt from their comic book, Bound By Law, the issue of copyright is complicated, and one can end up being charged with plagiarism or artistic theft as were artist Shepard Fairey and singer/songwriter George Harrison. Some social critics have argued that traditional copyright protection is outdated, and that all content should be free. Michael Eisner has testified before congress, however, that there are deep economic consequences to artistic theft and piracy. Think carefully about your position on the assigned issue and please respond to the following prompt:
Should the artist or intellectual architect be protected under the law or should art and other intellectual property be free and accessible to the public?
General Outline/Getting Started:
1. When you think about these questions, what issues and readings immediately come to mind?
2. How do you plan to “hook” the reader in your opening paragraph?
3. Remember, your thesis statement is made up of your position and rationale. What is your tentative thesis?
4. What points will you offer to the reader in support of your thesis?
5. What is your counterargument? (remember to avoid the strawman fallacy.)
6. How do you plan to dismantle the points contained in the counterargument?
Structure of an Essay
• Thesis and Introduction: (1 Paragraph)
Topic Sentence/hook – Grab the audience’s attention.
Introduction of some of your main points (2 points)
Context: Introducing the scholarly conversation. What do the experts say? Authors? Text to?
Thesis statement and transitional sentence
• Counter argument and logical fallacies: (1-2 Paragraphs)
Opposing point of view (Start with word “The opposition argues that…”)
• Rebuttal: (1 Paragraph)
Where you dismantle the opposite point of view
• Body Paragraphs
Set up (context) for the quote
Explain/analyze the quote
• Conclusion Paragraph