Thursday, October 22, 2009

September 30 Question

What was your experience in writing the first essay like? How does it compare to the kinds of writing you've done in or out of the classroom before? What do you think would help you become a stronger writer?
My first paper in Laguardia was for American history class. I didn't know what to expect. I was feeling kinda out of my element because I put off school for a year to work. I had to read two stories and choose one of the questions and answer it in essay form. After reading and highlighting everything I wanted to put in my paper, I felt better about it like I was getting the flow back. I realized that it was kinda like high school. Nothing really changed from high school. I know the more papers I do it will help become a better writer.
In this video, Stephan Colbert pretends to defend making money off disasters. Despite his jokes, Klein gets her argument across. Notice the connection she makes to Hurricane Katrina. How do you think this argument relates to our overall course theme of America's place in the world?

In the video Stephan Colbert is interviewing Noami Klein on her book the Shock Doctrine. I think that Klein is trying to say that when a disaster happens, people are left in a state of shock. When people are left in this state of shock the natural thing to do would be to believe that your government is going to be there to help. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster. When Katrina happened the people effected by this hurricane believed that the government was going to save them. They thought that their government was going to help them to evacuate New Orleans. They were left there for days without supplies. These people were left to die. The government should of did more to help these people.