Thesis Statement- Maria de los Angeles- Team 17

     Gun Control has been talked about for many years, even more so with the recent tragedies that have occurred in the last few years, the issue for gun control has been debated for a long time, today, gun control and violence has become a controversial issue in America. The “right to keep and bear arms” could be beneficial and problematic at the same time.

Hi Maria,

You need to choose a recent specific event surrounding gun control for your essay.  This thesis talks only generally. Please revise and resubmit.



Assignment 3: -Maria de los Angeles Pina-Team 17

Hi Maria,

Your essay is quite a bit shy of 500 words. Below it looks like you submitted it on March 5 and it was late – if I am incorrect let me know. I’m also not see a good analysis of the material and the essay seems to be all over the map without real continuity. Please visit the Writing Center for future assignments.     

Being a millennial, It’s (no caps – it’s not a new sentence)  almost impossible to avoid social media or any type of virtual connection. Nowadays, there are so many devices where you can access news outlet apps or even find out about current events through social media. Personally, whether it’s local news, world news or celebrity news, I like to know what is going on in the world 24/7.  Having to block out what is occurring in your surroundings is difficult because any type of news can be brought up on a day to day situation.

     During this 48-hour news blackout, I distracted myself with work, going to the gym and reading fiction novels. Working at a bank, you have customers in which you have engage yourself in conversations and most of the times people tend to connect with the weather or the news so staying on topic about their financials and not bringing up outside conversations was a challenge.

     In the article “The End of Solitude”, Deresiewicz mentions the current generation’s experience of being alone. “That is precisely the recognition implicit in the idea of solitude, which is to loneliness what idleness is to boredom.”

     Due to this blackout, I began to experience the symptons such as loneliness. As individuals we begin recognizing and adapting to social patterns at a young age; therefore, our behavior and decision-making is dependent on social media, meaning that we do not have the mental capacity for nonsocial environments. Realistically, between all the time we spend communicating with individuals we aren’t “physically” with we do not leave anytime to actually be alone, communicating with ourselves.

      Ultimately, I learned how challenging it can be to completely avoid any news for even two days. I learned that my life became relatively quieter, and “boring” or in other words less entertaining, without discussing current events and politics.  Any type of news is a part of this generation and it is unenviable to not be surrounded by it.

Assignment 2: Playboy Interview

    Please put name and team number on all your posts. Your essay feels disjointed and the format is unusual. For example, The words ‘His response: ‘ should not be part of your post. I don’t see much in the way of analysis and only some fragments of a summary. I would suggest going to the Writing Center for assistance and also I would suggest reading the NYT or other periodicals so that you can more fully understand writing style. I’d be happy to work with you as well, email me in advance and we can meet if you like.

Marshall McLuhan is famously known for the saying “the median is the message”, apart from publishing numerous books. McLuhan contends that all media regardless of the messages they communicate and exerts , exert a compelling influence on man and society. McLuhan defines media as “the extensions of man that cause deep and lasting changes in him and transform his environment.”

     In his Interview with Playboy, Marshall McLuhan furthers explains the content or message of any particular medium and how it has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an “atomic bomb”. In other words, he begins to explain how the media and its personal influence is a super powerful effect in today’s society. Effective study of the media deals not only with the content of the media but with the media themselves and the total cultural environment within which the media function.

Furthermore, McLuhan is asked if the public is beginning to perceive the “invisible” contours new technological environments?

His response:

“People are beginning to understand the nature of their new technology, but not yet nearly enough of them — and not nearly well enough. Most people, as I indicated, still cling to what I call the rearview-mirror rear view mirror  view of their world. By this I mean to say that because of the invisibility of any environment during the period of its innovation, man is only consciously aware of the environment that has preceded it; in other words, an environment becomes fully visible only when it has been superseded by a new environment; thus we are always one step behind in our view of the world. “  (is this entire paragraph a quote, you use “I” in the first line, is that you? )

     In understanding McLuhan and his interpretation, he’s referring to the new technologies that are being introduced and the new sources of communications that will begin to impact people. In today’s world, when we turn on the news channel or the radio the majority of the time it’s unfortunate events happening in the world and rarely do you hear anything positive. He emphasizes that the environment is being introduced to a new era of negativity spread from media outlets.

     If we understand the revolutionary transformations caused by new media, we can anticipate and control them; but if we continue in our self-induced sub consciousness, (this is one word) we will become their slaves.

He then wraps up the interview by referring back to “the median is the message not the content, and unaware that the medium is also the massage — that, all puns aside, it literally works over and saturates and molds and transforms every sense ratio.”