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Groupthink in Beta

Mirna Shaban

  1. Is the purpose of the Inquiry Project clear?  Does it clearly address a problem, provide necessary background information to understand the problem, and establish a thesis to respond to the problem?  Is the thesis clear, debatable, and significant?

_ The purpose of inquiry project beta is clear as it wants to inform the involvement of the social media in Egypt Revolution. However, it does need to provide more background information to understand the problem better. The thesis is also clear.

  1. Is the research included in the Inquiry Project substantial?  Does the author draw from quality sources to establish key ideas (definitions, concepts, claims, etc.) regarding the project’s focus?

_ The research in the Inquiry Project is substantial but the quality from the sources is uncertainty. It needs more authority in order to establish key ideas or using those ideas in the essay. For example, Rasha A. Abdulla, not everyone knows who she is.

  1. Are the sources appropriately referenced and cited?  Are signal phrases fully utilized?

_ The sources are appropriately referenced and cited with fully utilized signal phrase.

  1. Are the main points of the argument to support the thesis clear, well-reasoned, and sufficiently supported with the research?  (Indicate what is particularly at issue and explain.)

_ To me, the main points of the argument support the thesis pretty clear. They are all constructed toward the final draw of social media toward Egypt Revolution

  1. What’s the most important thing the author needs to consider and/or add before completing the Inquiry Project for the course?

_ I think the paper needs to inform the audience general information about Egypt Revolution, concise the sentences and use more authority voice.

 

Love to Think

  1. Is the purpose of the Inquiry Project clear?  Does it clearly address a problem, provide necessary background information to understand the problem, and establish a thesis to respond to the problem?  Is the thesis clear, debatable, and significant?

_ The purpose of the Inquiry Project is clear. It is good that it is provided the background information to help the audiences have better ideas of the problems. The thesis is clear.

  1. Is the research included in the Inquiry Project substantial?  Does the author draw from quality sources to establish key ideas (definitions, concepts, claims, etc.) regarding the project’s focus?

_ The author needs to draw the authority voice within the paper

  1. Are the sources appropriately referenced and cited?  Are signal phrases fully utilized?

_ The sources are appropriately referenced and cited.

  1. Are the main points of the argument to support the thesis clear, well-reasoned, and sufficiently supported with the research?  (Indicate what is particularly at issue and explain.)

_ Mostly the paper uses testimony to support its main ideas which makes the thesis strong and stand out.

  1. What’s the most important thing the author needs to consider and/or add before completing the Inquiry Project for the course?

_ Since the paper is incomplete, there is not much that I can give suggestion. But it is a good start; it is needed to break down the paragraph to make the point clearer. Although testimony is good, but higher authority voice will make the paper sound stronger with the idea from expert in the area.

 

 

Dreamers Unite

I am very honest in all mean, so I will write this post honestly. I don’t think that I learn a lot from this class so far. I don’t like writing, and now I have to write every day within limited time to 11:59pm. However, I admit that my critical thinking skills have improved a lot as I learn how to approach in different way depending on the assignments. I try to interpret it meaningful and thoughtful as much as I can, however, there are a lot of times that I get lost in reading others’ post and give common comments. I learned how to connect my primary text together with others’ pieces. It is very hard and sometimes I felt like it does not make a lot of sense to me. Plus, I don’t like doing blogs since I more consider blog as a tool to do homework rather than a page to associate and chat with my classmates. Personally, I like twitter more although I don’t use it much. I like to post some thoughtful videos up in twitter and hope someone will notice it. However, so far, there is none and it is pretty disappointed me.

About my inquiry topic, I pretty like the path I am heading to although it is pretty risky to me as I am in the middle of nowhere. I need a professional comment and give me advise on my topic. I hope that the professor will give me one soon enough for me to starting and finish my project on time within the topic of my interest. I like to work on this topic because VCU email is boring to most VCU students as some do not even bother to check theirs. However, to me, it is fascinating; likely I check my email hourly with the hope to read a new email. It is not like I am waiting for anything; I just like to receive email. It makes me feels like I was being surrounding by people who actually care for me somehow. In that sense, I want other people to have the same feeling with me by making newsletter update more interesting to them by video emails. It is very important to study this to make sure that students use the best approach to their professors for their questions or concern. Also, they need to get more involved in campus through newsletter updates. The mean of the university is to give the students the best way to convey their knowledge, thus, maintaining the relationship between students and professors electrically is necessary and needed for attention. Lastly, if it is frustrating to write a email, why don’t we try a new thing to address our ideas through video email? It is always worth to shoot a try, plus it will be fun since it is all about recording yourselves talking 😀

Dreaming with Groupthink

After reading through all these posts in the wiki, I notice that Yursa Ahmed, Jala Farquhar, Camille Lapid are talking about the convenient Internet based social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Although they choose different social media, they all explain how good it allows people get in touch with each other within a second. Not only for social interaction, they also list down how it helps them reach their professional career as well by follow a page or tag and retweet post. I see that I am a little bit different from other of my classmates, as they mostly talk about social media while I am more interested in email –traditional and professional long distance communication, and how good it is. However, I am not sure whether I want to study mine or any of my classmates. They do not spark any interest in me at all including mine. To be honest, I do not like to talk about technology since it is a two sided problem as it is not truly bad but not truly good either. It always falls into the middle area, and I don’t like it at all.