Eng 101: Virtual Reality & Composition

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“Introduction to the Virtual,” (Week One)

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on “Introduction to the Virtual,” (Week One)

Reading due today:  William S. Burroughs’s The Electronic Revolution, section entitled “Feedback From Watergate to the Garden of Eden” (available on blackboard),

“The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard (available on blackboard)

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s “Pandrogyny Manifesto”:


Assignment:  How do each of the authors’ opinions relate to writing?  Or, how might you be able to link one or several of authors under a shared idea of writing or composition?  (note: there is no right answer).


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Blogging / Fluid Identity / Internet Culpability, (Week Two)

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Blogging / Fluid Identity / Internet Culpability, (Week Two)

Reading due today:  Sondheim’s “Internet Text,” subsection “Blood”


After reading, respond to the following Quote / Sample from Sondheim’s work:



Questions to (possibly) think about:

How does this relate to our previous discussion of ‘the identity of the author’ and how it remains continually flexible?

What is the link between “the blood” and composition?


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“Character Assasinations,” (Week Three)

November 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on “Character Assasinations,” (Week Three)

Reading due today: J.G. Ballard, “The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race” (available on blackboard)


Assignment:  Like Ballard, compose a short (1-2 paragraph) version of a famous historical event from an unusual perspective (or, explicitly like Ballard, from the perspective of a sporting event).  Post the full version below, and bring a hard copy into class.

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“Digital Wound, Digital Leak,” (Week Three)

November 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Digital Wound, Digital Leak,” (Week Three)

Reading due today:  “Wikileaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil.”


“WikiLeaks Has Altered the Leaking Game for Good.”




Assignment:  Write a response in which you identify which article you agreed with more and why (3-5 sentences).

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Day of Strunk and White, (Week Four)

November 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Day of Strunk and White, (Week Four)

Reading due today:  Strunk and White (available on blackboard), John Jay Handbook:  Pgs. 141-147.



Part One:  Please use one lesson from the reading and apply it to a ‘faulty’ sentence either from a previous post or from a previous piece of writing from this class.  Post below what the lesson is, the sentence before you employed the lesson, as sentence after ‘fixing’ it.

Part Two:  Upload one paragraph of your own, “old” writing that you would feel comfortable having anonymously work shopped (not all writing submitted will be used) to me via blackboard.

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“The Contemporary Existence, or Non-Existence, of ‘The Law’,” With Kafka, (Week Four)

November 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Contemporary Existence, or Non-Existence, of ‘The Law’,” With Kafka, (Week Four)

Reading due today:  Franz Kafka, “Before the Law” (available on blackboard), John Jay Handbook Pg 23-34.


Assignment:  Write what you believe “The Law” to represent.  (Responses should be at least a paragraph or longer).

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“The Politicism of the Virtual,” (Week Five)

November 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Politicism of the Virtual,” (Week Five)

Reading due today:  The New Yorker article on drone strikes:



Assignment:   This article is full of not only usefully employed facts, statistics, and outside sources, but deft manipulations of these ‘hard’ facts in the writer’s own words.  Cite one instance from the article where the author’s analysis of a fact, or even her description following it, was powerful or convincing in some way.

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Library Day & Library Prep, (Week Six)

November 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Library Day & Library Prep, (Week Six)

The following is a useful resource for basic APA formatting for citations:



Assignment:  Please post one of your sources (a book, for this assignment) in APA format below.

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Corporation as Second Self, (Week Seven)

November 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Corporation as Second Self, (Week Seven)

Reading due today:

Excerpt from Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho (available on blackboard)

John Cheever’s The Swimmer (available on blackboard).


Assignment: What overlaps do you find in both texts’ description of the transformative powers of wealth and/or financial security?   Or, write about a current political/historical figure who has undergone a ‘drastic’ change and must now reconcile his or her ‘new’ and ‘old’ selves.

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“The Devil Inside: Invasions of the Extra-Technical Appendage Into the Organic Body,” (Week Seven)

November 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Devil Inside: Invasions of the Extra-Technical Appendage Into the Organic Body,” (Week Seven)

Reading due today:

Stanford article about implantation:


Article detailing mind-control using external chip implanted in brain:


William S. Burroughs’ The Soft Machine, “The Mayan Caper,” (on blackboard) and “Appendix,” (on blackboard).


Assignment:   Write a post about how one of the following affected your opinion on ‘the body as a whole,’ or the process of organ implantation/manipulation in general.  Feel free to make connections in between the texts.

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