American Literature and Composition 4 September 2012The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. ~Henry Steele Commager
“Established, 1790, t0 burn English-influenced books in theColonies. First fireman: Benjamin Franklin. RE-DEFINE, RE-MODEL, RE-FORM
Not long ago, American schoolchildren learned aquaint tale in history class about the nations firstpresident. It had to do with a precocious GeorgeWashington cutting down a cherry tree againsthis parents wishes. When confronted by hisangry father, Washington had to decide whetherto lie and avoid punishment or own up to theoffense. As the tale goes, young Washingtonreplied that he couldnt tell a lie and confessed toaxing the tree.
Revise and RewriteGood use Not so good• Correct factual • Falsify events inaccuracies • Falsify rationale for• Adjust dates based event on research• Offer an additional • Change history for point of view (without political purposes diminishing the actual • Change history for facts of the history. a particular agenda
Lenses of Revisionism• Economic • Racial – Writing history to promote – Writing history to one system over another promote one ethnic (e.g. capitalism v group over another communism) • Sexual• Political – Writing history to – Writing history in order to include or promote a affect perceptions of particular gender foreign policy, political structure, and When done for the right reasons, revising history can offer a clearer nationalism. picture of past events. However, it is easy to abuse the process and create a “history” that is more fiction than fact.
Life blurRay Bradbury would probablynot be surprised at the speedof 2012. Drivers on cellphones speed pastpedestrians who have theright of way-and then cursethe walkers. Family sit downdinners are more often thannot purchased at a drivethrough window and eaten inthe car. Advertisements relyon size and titillation tocapture attention. Amusementparks seek to draw in visitorsby promising greater thrills,faster rides, and moreterrifying drops. Eightteenagers die every day frommotor vehicle injuries.
• Cite different meanings of X – Clarify usesYour essay will be adefinition paper • Contrast X with what it is notThe prompt will come • Trace the history of Xnext time. – Origin – Etymology – Context • Restore the original meaning of XIn the • Formal meaning of Xmeantime, – Term, – Class – purposeWRITE • Compose a new definition of XTHIS – Establish need – Explain new purposeDOWN!!! • Explain a social definition of X – New uses for old words (sick, phat…) • Combine any of the previous
Homework •Re-read “The Sieve and the Sand” •Research how to write a definitionpaper and compile a list of questions.