Blog Post 23: Collaboration and Patchwriting

Asynchronous writing, blogging, and collaborations can be seen as patchwriting if you use multiple sources in whatever subject you’re writing about. If you bring together these multiple sources without citing them then it can be seen as patchwork because you’re only taking small bits from each work. Plagiarism is dominantly pulled from using a single source without citation versus patchwriting which pulls from various sources without citation but reformatted to where it appears to be your own product. Also whenever plagiarizing one typically pulls more information out of a previously existing work while patchwriting uses less information but more sources to satisfy the length.


Blog Post 22: Using They Say I Say

From what I’ve gathered about the “They Say I Say” document, Anthony Lane of the New Yorker is bringing in a sort of conversational type review. Lane is descriptive about Wes Anderson’s movie but he leaves the argument to be talked about. He allows space for others’ input if wanted. The second to last sentence really provides that the “they say” is unstated. Saying that “Moonrise Kingdom” may become some studied sort of nostalgia and private jokes, which should relate back to the thesis but a proper thesis is not necessarily provided. This movie review dives straight into the plot without much of a statement to begin with.

Blog Post 20: Initial Response to Moonrise Kingdom

I’ve actually seen the movie once before and I loved it to pieces. When I first watched it I didn’t actually know when it came out and by all of the fonts across the screen and technology I thought it was an older movie. Then I saw Bruce Willis and instantly knew this had to be more recent. I love that it’s not at all what you would expect in a movie nowadays. It’s hilarious and sort of sweet at the same time. Yes, the “lovers” are far too young for their actual love and whatnot, but it was cute seeing them go off on their own. I loved that both of the kids were so rebellious and were willing to neglect all previous responsibilities to just run away. I felt bad that the little dog had to die during the “fight scene”, which wasn’t really viewed but implied. I also found the kindness and care that came with the scoutmaster was really good. It was appreciated to see a guardian figure that wasn’t a parent that was willing to go such great lengths for Sam, the protagonist. Overall, the whole movie makes me happy and leaves me with a good feeling.

Blog Post 18: Reflection on Advertisements

There are definitely some significant differences when comparing political campaign ads versus commercials trying to sell you a product or idea. But then again, they have similar features as well. Political ads that are used to oppress other politicians or campaigners usually have some kind of derogatory slander. Not saying that that’s the rule, but it’s just an aggressive form of advertising. When trying to sell a product or idea, more theatrical and tutorial based elements are used to grab your attention and influence you to buy a product. In older political ads and new ones as well, the ads are essentially making the candidate seem like a spectacular individual in order for you to vote for them. This is common fact but it’s just a difference between figuratively selling a person and selling an item. I’ve had to focus more on the person and background evidence for the political ad I’m doing versus on the previous ads I did that were based on cosmopolitan products with plot lines and fancy angles and lighting to capture your attention. I’d say it was easier to write about those ads versus this political ad, but I’m searching for different elements now like red herrings and such. It’s just a different approach overall.

For Class Participation

3. Why does reflective writing help a student learn and develop as a better writer? How does it work?

Reflective writing brings to the writer’s eyes what he or she is truly writing. The writer will ask him or herself questions like “how has this affected me?” or “what could I have done different?” in order to clear up some possible issues in their writing. A writer will describe what they’re writing and then put their own personal meaning behind it. Once a writer has written something, they will often look back on it to find some sort of error in it or some way to improve it by reflecting on their own finished product. It helps a student develop into a better writer because a student will take a second look at what they have written instead of just hitting submit and blindly going along with their day. With reflective writing they can just analyze their words one last time to see if they could have reworded anything or added certain points to another side of an argument.

Blog Post 17: Thesis, Outline, Body

Within this ad, political candidate Ronald Reagan uses pathos laden images like the massive group of people waiting for the train with Reagan on it, fallacious arguments such as the red herring being that the phrase “Leadership that’s working” without any visual proof, as well as desperate appeals to kairos in the “Train” ad to convey the idea that he does not deserve my vote; this is especially because he does not provide enough evidence of his good works aside from basic facts that times are on the rise.


  1. Intro with thesis
  2. Summary and minor details of the ad, laden images
  3. Red herring of “Leadership that’s working”
  4. Kairos of the ad, segued from the red herring
  5. Facts about why the country is improving (why did the country stop working)
  6. How this affects the people’s influence
  7. Closing


The red herring behind the whole commercial is primarily at the end of the campaign ad. The phrase, “Leadership that’s working,” crosses the screen but there is no evidence provided about that in the ad. Granted, President Reagan as a political figure did do a lot of good; there is simply no evidence in this commercial. He is loved by the people that are in the ad, but that is barely any proof that he’s a leader. He could simply be seen as a celebrity or idol without further investigation of whom he is or what he’s done to serve our country.