B1: First Blog Post on Giddens

Giddens eagerly awaiting some great blog posts!

For our next class (Monday, 8 Sept.) everyone will read pages 1-29 in Anthony Giddens’s The Consequences of Modernity. You can stop reading at the break labeled “Trust.”

Those of you who are in Group 1 will post a brief  essay (about 400–500 words) before next class. The main idea of the post is to describe the “project” Giddens sets out, the “keywords” he uses, and the “uses and limits” of his discussion so far. These are all key concepts in the first chapter of Joe Harris’s Rewriting, which we’ll explore in more detail on Wednesday.

As we discussed and modeled in class today, you can get a good sense of an academic text from its introduction. For the blog post, then, respond to the following set of questions about the introduction:

Project: What is Giddens trying to do in this piece? To whom is he writing (this could be more than a narrowly-defined audience)? How does he hope to change the reader’s thinking?

Keywords: What terms, concepts, ideas seem most important to Giddens? Why? How do these terms contribute to his project?  You will want to quote specific moments in his text to support your understanding of it.

Uses & Limits: How is the frame provided by Giddens useful? How does it clarify your thinking? What has he left out or rushed past?


Sun, 9/07 (Group 1)

Some practical tips

Do not compose your essay on the WordPress site. Rather, draft and edit your piece in Word (or another word processing program) and then paste your work into WordPress. Indeed, you may want to print your piece out before posting it—so you can reread, rethink, and edit it before it becomes public.

Think of a good (i.e. descriptive) title for your piece (something other than “Blog One”). Use “B1″ as the category for your post, and come up with at least two or three tags for your piece. (Tags should always be words that appear in the text of your post.)

For technical questions, consult UD’s IT Support Center. For other questions, feel free to send me an email, stop by office hours, or speak with me before or after class. We all look forward to reading your work!