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Assembling Your DiscussionCollecting and Describing Data11/25/2008#1In Previous Discussions

We (without talking about it too much) tend to use a core process when making sense of the world around us.

This core process is at the center of the Inquiry and Research process that the library advocates.

Explicating (making it explicit) this process, will hopefully help us develop more focus and efficiency when using it.

11/25/2008#2Simple Situation

Question:What do I wear?Collect data:Whats the weather like? Whats clean? Organizing Data (usually done using some sort of theoretical framework):Using my advanced (not) fashion sense, determine a pair of pants that go with a shirt, that go with a tie.Act on choices:Get Dressed.In Our Previous Discussion

For this class this process usually begins by asking a good, clear, focused question

11/25/2008#2Example Ill Use: My QuestionAlthough media depiction of wild animals have become more sensitive and inclusive over time, it could be argued that there are still significant stereotypes that are reinforced by the media. In an essay identify one myth or stereotype that the media develops and answer the following questions:What does the myth or stereotype include?How is it developed?And what can be done to counteract, undo or otherwise change this myth or stereotype for the better?

11/25/2008#3Your Questionisnt a question yet (and needs to be turned into one). Heres the core of the assignment though, for the record. Debate the statement:

Be it resolved that the structure of monstrosity apparent in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein can be used to explain [name of technology] and the risks inherent in developing and using this technology. Because of these risks the use of [name of technology] should be [restrictions that should be placed on it].

11/25/2008#3Your QuestionSo lets turn it into a question to start:

How does the structure of monstrosity apparent in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein explain [name of technology] and the risks inherent in developing and using this technology? And why should [name of technology] be [restrictions that should be placed on it]?

11/25/2008#3Your QuestionE.G.:

How does the structure of monstrosity apparent in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein explain cloning and the risks inherent in developing and using this technology? And why should the use of cloning be stopped entirely?

11/25/2008#3My QuestionAlthough media depiction of wild animals have become more sensitive and inclusive over time, it could be argued that there are still significant stereotypes that are reinforced by the media. In an essay identify one myth or stereotype that the media develops and answer the following questions:What does the myth or stereotype of the friendly animal include?How is it developed?And what can be done to counteract, undo or otherwise change this myth or stereotype for the better?

11/25/2008#3Collect DataWhy this particular topic?I am discussing this topic as it is outside of your discussion. But it is still the sort of research topic that requires me to :Stay focused (answer the question), Collect data in order to respond to this question,Organize and make sense of that informationCome to a conclusion.I also know that you folks and I all have our reading of Life of Pi in common and, along with it, Pis observations about animalus, anthropomorphicus: the animal as seen through human eyes (Martel, p.39)11/25/2008#4In This Discussion

Find information (primary and secondary to help answer the question)

Develop AFocus QuestionOr QuestionsCollect the Information thatWill help us Answer thatquestion11/25/2008#2Collecting Data: My Search 1Anthropomorphism in the media:

Started looking for:Depiction of Animals in the Media: quickly found TVTropesa database/wiki which has an enormous amount of information about archetype/stereotype development in the media, and how animals are typecast. My hunch the topic that I thought I might be able to develop furtherwas about bears as there is a lot of bear-human interaction. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AnimalStereotypesRealized that there was an enormous quantity of data and I would have to narrow my discussion. Otherwise my topic would be vague and generalI want to illustrate what happens using a good example. 11/25/2008#5Collecting Data: My Search 2Anthropomorphism in the media:Bears at TVTropes is broken down quite a bit. First found:Bears: Intimidating and powerfully ferocious when provoked females with cubs are especially vicious and short-tempered but may be portrayed as calm, slow-moving and wise otherwise. Sometimes lazy don't bother them when they're hibernating. Young bears will be portrayed as cute, cuddly and brave.After searching around a bit I found subtopics like beary funny a topic rich with explanations and examples of the sort of anthropomorphizing that I was looking for:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BearyFunny (tons of stuff for secondary explanations of depiction in the media)

11/25/2008#5Collecting Data: My Search 3Anthropomorphism in the media:

Subsequent search for Bears in Advertisement (looking for examples of primary sources of ads with bears): Brought me to a personal page Minkas Bear Passion http://www.mibepa.info/bv/bv500.htm

Under many circumstances this would not be a good source of information, but in this situation its a great one: someones fixation with bears provides a great catalogue of primary sources of bear ads that can be used to illustrate the sort of anthropomorphizing that takes place.

11/25/2008#5Collecting Data: My Search 4Anthropomorphism in the media:Search problems anthropomorphism bears in media (looking mostly for additional secondary stuff) yielded a bunch of items. One of significance dealt with Potential Problems with Anthropomorphism.

Search (to go with my working thesis) Anthropomorphism and bear attacks yieldshttp://gerrymaxeyworkshop.com/blogging/?p=6570chronicles the unusual rise of bear attacks signaling the end of the dominion of man: Interesting? Seemed a little whacko to me!!

11/25/2008#5Collecting Data: My Search 5Anthropomorphism in the media:

Search problems anthropomorphism bears in media (looking mostly for additional secondary stuff) yielded a bunch of items. One of significance dealt with Potential Problems with Anthropomorphism.

Shifted search to bear attacks preventable yielded: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19770717&id=9YkwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0u0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6828,1052284http://www.bearsmart.com/http://dangerous-animals-pets.blogspot.com/p/dangerous-bears.html

11/25/2008#5Debate: Deliverable1Provide a single page listing of at least six source that you will use in developing your portion of your groups discussion.

Provide them as a journal entry like mine, one that indicates the search terms you used in finding these items, as well as how you completed your search. The idea here is to provide evidence of both the sources that you have found, and how you have found these resources.

Develop AFocus QuestionOr QuestionsOrganized andMake Sense of That InformationCollect the Information thatWill h\Help us Answer thatQuestionBasic Process: Whats NextCollect dataExtract relevant findingsExplain, further organize and make sense of findings (using strategies discussed in classCome to a conclusion, make some recommendations based on your findings11/25/2008#9