summary and response
Write a summary paragraph that
o introduces the author and title of the article;
o focuses on the thesis as presented by the author in his or her article;
o paraphrase a key example or Illustration that shows proof that the author makes the claim you have identified;
o provides a parenthetical citation for the article cited that follows the following template: (author’s last name, year published, page or paragraph number). Here is
an example of an entry using page, followed by one with a paragraph number: (Pollan, 2006, p. 59) and (Jones, 2010, para. 4);
o includes transition words and sentences that help your reader to see how one idea connects to the next;
o f. uses your own words to present additional information from the article that explains what you see (that led you to identify the author’s thesis)
o is at least 100 words in length; and
o uses basic APA formatting, as described below.
• The Response Section
• Directly following your summary, write a paragraph responding to the argument presented by the author. In this response section, you can agree, disagree, challenge,
or do all of the above. However, it is important that you continue to use PIE in order to provide one clear response, support it with an Illustration, and Explain your
reasons. Again, the Lecture will help you to do this
• Have a response paragraph that
o uses a Point/Topic Sentence to focus your paragraph on one key response you have to the author’s argument;
o provides one or two clear Illustrations or examples that support your response;
o explains how those Illustrations/examples prove your side (i.e., your response) of the argument and ties things back to the original argument to which you are
o is at least 100 words in length; and
o uses basic APA formatting, as described below.
Here is the reading
Relationships 2.0: Dating and Relating in the Internet Age
1 Facebook is a social networking Internet site. It allows a user to conveniently connect online with people, make friends, and join interest groups via his or her
computer. It also allows a user to learn more about his or her friends, as well as post text, photos, video links, and information. Facebook has become widely popular.
Much has been written about it in my student newspaper, but no one has yet dug into how the site affects relationships on our campus, and specifically the dating
process. Each stage of the dating process is influenced by Facebook; on our campus, not all the changes have been positive.
2 At the University of Maryland, the dating process begins like this: get someone’s name; look him or her up on Facebook; then use that information to decide how to
proceed. When I meet someone and she sets off those neurons that make me hum “Maybe it’s love,” I do a Facebook search. A profile page will tell me her age, indicate
whether or not she is taken, and give me a decent idea (if the profile is not privacy protected) of what image she is trying to present. Note that I do not trust
Facebook to tell me who people are—merely who they want to show other people they are. I look through photos and see what the person values enough to show me. I check
posted links because what someone thinks is worth sharing is another window into who she
3 After using Facebook to check out someone, I have a decent idea of whether she is a probable friend or possible romantic interest. Next I hit Google—searching first
with her e-mail address, then with her name, and next with her nickname. This search turns up message boards, possibly her blog, and maybe even a Flickr site, all
worth plumbing for details about my new fascination. is.
4 I have serious doubts as to whether being able to download someone’s self with a little searching on Facebook and Google is actually a good thing for beginning a
relationship. For one thing, online searches result in tons of information with absolutely no context. Judging what you learn without cross-referencing it with the
356357person is a recipe for misinterpretative disaster, yet checking means admitting you have been snooping. I snoop anyway.
5 Also, on Facebook, everyone seems reduced to a set of bullet points—“goth, tall, cat person”—that you rely on before even meeting the person. In real life, careful
observation can reveal truths about people they will not discuss online, especially things they do not want generally known. However, a fidgety, nervous guy who sweats
when he sees a pretty girl may have a better chance sending a Facebook message, which can be drafted and redrafted and edited and rewritten and shown to friends before
sending, than approaching her in real life, so it does have its benefits.
6 The dating process works well online initially, but real connections are only formed by spending substantial time together in person. Online talks, even via Skype or
webcam, are still only a fraction of the real experience and convey only a fraction of the information one can glean during an in-person encounter. Time spent online
communicating with someone can build connections that lead to a relationship or strengthen a current one. However, tone, pauses, nuance, and volume are all stripped
from instant messages. Human laughter beats “LOL” any day, and holding her while she tells you about her day wins whenever possible.
7 Facebook can also provide new avenues for infidelity. One way is through chatting online. It is very poor form to chat up someone else’s girlfriend in a bar, but
when chatting online there is no boyfriend looming over you to enforce boundaries. Combine that freedom with the very personal qualities of online relationships and
the large amount of time most people spend online and you have a situation that anyone who’s dating anyone who goes online a lot should worry about. The poke feature—a
virtual way to let someone know you are thinking about him or her without actually saying anything—is another way Facebook can promote infidelity. One of my friends
who has a boyfriend uses them to let me know when she is thinking about me. It amounts to several pokes a day, and she receives ones from me whenever she crosses my
mind. She does it to let me know she is thinking about me frequently, which is great for me and not so hot for her boyfriend.
8 Breaking up is hard to do but the Internet makes it easier. Once a relationship ends, you do not want to get a continually updated feed of information about the
other person from any source. Knowing someone is getting over you and trying to date is one thing; knowing she is doing it at seven-thirty at Club Kozmo with someone
she met last weekend is another. So now my list for after leaving someone includes blocking her on instant messaging, taking her e-mail address out of my quick
contacts list and out of my e-mail’s auto-complete list, avoiding her blog and defriending her on Facebook. Forget one step and the “getting over her” process becomes
that much harder. There is a measure of comfort to be found in thinking someone has fallen off the face of the earth romantically, especially if your return to dating
has not been as successful as hers.
9 Cutting someone off requires effort. Any bit of forgotten information is another barb, another pang, another realization of what you have lost. Invariably, you will
miss something and see a status update or a text message or a voice mail. It helps at times, when missing someone so badly means wishing she were dead. Once you get
over it yourself, refriend the person if you can do it without going crazy. Sometimes a little bit of ignorance can be blissful indeed, but most connections are worth
Article The Balanced Scorecard Measures that Drive Performance, by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton. The article is available on the course blackboard.
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