Research Project / Blogathon

While sitting with my classmates I was trying to figure out what research project would be about. So far I do not have a whole lot of ideas. I do have some though…

  • Ethics is business
  • How the public is effected by “big business”
  • sexism in the business world
  • Affirmative action


That’s all I got. Any more ideas?


Bill and Administration Arugment

This disscussion all started when bill brought up the topic of canvas and giving students “weekly updates”. For me personally Bill can wee how we are comprehending the matireal by reading out is no need for “weekly updates” to see how we are doing.

As Bill said “there is a increase need for quantifcation”. I beilive he is right  on the money. Most people want to know how something is going by giving a grade or by counting up the numb of assigments they have did not the content of said projects.


Another Scholar; Patrick made a great point about normal and infere goods. A normal good is something people will pay more for and it is better. A infere good is something that pople do not like and will not pay very much for that product.  For some the infere good is the adminstration while others disagree.




Another good point was that some people beilive that the system values grades more than if we are “growing” as learners. Should we really be graded on how many assigments we turn in? I feel the self assgment was a great way for us to “look inward”. Seeing how we can do better not just get a bad grade and feel bad about outselves.




Another improtent part of this I feel is we value other parts of our lives than doing school work. We want to do things out of school. While Canvas I feel is a nice area to look up assigments are due. I feel that bill can grade us perfectly fine with how we are doing on our blogs.

Writer Designer

Chapter 2: This chapter disccues the different types of analysis a text and noting different aspect of that text. Why are you writing the text? Who are you writing it too? Does the audience know what you are talking about?  All these questions are talking about analyzing the text and how people will react to it. This chapter is also about the how to design. Whether it be a poster or a piece of writing.

Chapter 3:  This chapter conceptualizes the way you want a project to go. Visualizing the end product or where you want it to be in a certain time. Trying different types inceptions for a certain idea then get input from other people to see what works.


Chapter 4:  This chapter deals with nauncies of copyright and fair use. It also discuses finding credible sources Are the sources biased? Are your sources believable? Do they sound credible? Those are some of the basic questions you can ask your self well you are using sources. Also are your sources reputable? Citing sources is also a magnificent importance. Writing your sources correctly as well as having a credibly source is the utmost

Chapter 5: This chapter deals with grouping files and proposing projects. Keeping files all in one place, and well as organizing your files.  proposing a project is also important. Planning the project, introducing it, as well as amount of time and justification of doing the project.

Chapter 7: This is about projects. Conceptualizing the idea and having a “rough idea” of what you are going to do. Then moving on to a rough draft then getting feedback. Getting feedback on every step of the way is a essential part o this process. Other people have to like it too! Then revising, revising, revising. Going over your project and making sure it is the best it can be.

Chapter 8: The final chapter putting your project out into the world. Showing your final product to people. Is everything back up in case something goes wrong and you cant get your project. Then finally seeing how people who use your product will react.



“Dead Man Walking” Author talk

This talk was very informative and very moving. For the vast majority of my teenage life I have been firmly pro death penalty. While Sister Helen’s talk did not sway my view on the death penalty it did shed some new light on the subject. I was not surprised that the south was the area of the United States that issued the death penalty the most often. For some reason the south just likes death. Don’t ask me why.  Sister Helen focused on 2 men that raped and killed a 18 year old girl and killed her male friend in sugar cane field in Louisiana. They were brothers. One of them was sentenced too life in prison while the other was sentenced to the death penalty. Personally in a case that heinous there can no forgiveness for the thing these men did. In cases of PTSD or of mis-taken manslaughter there can be some “lee way” in cases like that. “Reep what your sow” as the saying goes. What made me have this position is they knew what they were doing, they knew it was wrong; and yet they did it anyway. If someone is in full control of there mental facilities and they do something unspeakable they should be condemned to die.

Problems with Research

There can be many problems in doing research. One of these has to do with reporting. Reporting can obviously be biased in certain story. A great example of this is When the Media is the Disaster by Rebecca Solnit. In this article she makes many good points.

  • “And in disaster after disaster, at leas since the the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, those in power. those with guns and the force of law behind them, are too often more concerned for property than human life.”- Pg. 239-240
  •   In this statement she is exhibiting bias. Though personalty this is not a determent I agree with her.

Another having language that people can understand in Washington State Sees Results from “Plain Talk” Initiative By Rachel La Corte She states some reasons why this is a good idea for Washington and research.

  • “When citizens know what the government is asking of them, there’s a better chance they’ll comply, officials have found.”
  • I assume to most of the public this is obvious too many.  Pg-82
  • In research you need to be have people want to read your research and bogging it down with “jargon” is not going to get people to read it

Another problem with research is not having all the information

  • If you do not have all the information then you will not be able to the whole side of the story.
  • You can misjudge a story or the research by having to little information there by leading too mis-communication.


Articles in “Language A Reader for Writers”

This Embarrasses You and I* By: Sue Shellenbarger

  • The workplace is changing terms of language.
  • It is becoming normal to abbreviate words in formal writing.
  • Correct grammar is a fundamental part of good business practice and of other professions as well.

Don’t call me homophobic: the complexity of “that’s so gay” By: Mark McCormack

  • Sexuality phobias can still be prevalent in company’s all over the world.
  • While it CAN mean different things it is still a slur
  • interesting how he uses different instances to illustrate his point

OMG, ETC. By: Robert Lane Greene

  • Acronyms are never acceptability in the business world
  • While acronyms for companies are still valid
  • They can have purpose but in general they are not very accepted in certain business cultures.

“Langauge” A Reader for Writers

Being a Business Major I need to see things from many different angles. Seeing what will work and what will not work. I feel like this book is really a reflection of what you can do in this specific field.


How inquiry is related to major?

I’m major at this moment is business administration.

Inquiry relates to my major is many ways:

  • Discourse is the basis of many companies to get things done. There is obstetrical and you must get over it.
  • Obtaining knowledge is big part of running a successful company or managing a group of people.
  • As with everything inquiry is part of our natural process. Trying to  construct and understand what a specific thing is.
  • observing how a project is going and how we make it better and more efficient.
  • It comes down to identifying the discourse and using your observations and questions to get the answers you want.
  • Finally, why does bullet points need to be so short. These are a little long but they get the point across.

What is inquiry?

Inquiry is according to our definition:

“Inquiry is the process of obtaining knowledge through a question and or observations that is relevant to the discourse.”

That to mean seems like a pretty good concision guide to what inquiry is yet i still have some questions like…

  • Since inquiry is “obtaining knowledge” as we put it. Then everything is inquiry at that point. We are always trying to inquiry about everything.
  • discourse is a problem correct? Then that being the case not all inquiry is part of the discourse. that is just observations.
  • I feel as though inquiry does not have to be relevant to the discourse. Assuming that we use inquiry is our daily lives then it is not always related to the discourse of a particle thing.
  • Is inquiry and research the same thing? They are essentially “twins”. they both solve a discourse (problem) and they obtain knowledge both from questions and observations.



Cohort group

All my group did a fantastic job of using  multimodal discourse on campus. Alex Byron had some great examples with some funny pictures. Having each discourse on its own line and individually going thorough it and talking about it with a couple of sentences.


Jared Jojola’s blog was very similar to mine in the fact that we both used the same picture of the clock tower. The smoking sign as well as the  chalk drawing was a nice addition talking about the ways people communicate ideas. I also like the campus on the top of his blog.


His postings about multimodal discourse were interesting. They made some good points yet I thought he could go deeper. Maybe about how students feel about pot or how the feel about football. I liked how he use statistics to back up his claim.


To start off I like Brandons format. The mountains with the lettering is nice. He gave a good point about the runners are there emotions. I want more. More pictures with more captions.