Changing Society Readings for the Engaged Writer

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-29
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This thematic reader helps develop writers by exposing them to readings that are immediately relevant to their lives as students, consumers, and citizens, and seeking to awaken social consciousness and encourage involvement. Rich with discussion questions and writing prompts focusing on critical reading and rhetoric, this text explores not only how society is changing, but also how students can participate in changing it in the interests of social justice, peace, and preservation of communities and the environment.

Table of Contents

Preface For Instructorsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Reading Effectivelyp. 1
The Writing Processp. 7
A New Millennium on Campusp. 17
Student Debtp. 18
Econ 101: College Is the Time to Budgetp. 19
From University Class President to Bank Robberp. 23
Fury over Student Loan Kickback Allegationp. 34
Generation Debt: The Dirty Business of Deregulated Creditp. 38
Debt Education: Bad for the Young, Bad for Americap. 45
An Alert to the Dangers of Student Debt: The Student Debt Initiativep. 55
Making Connectionsp. 58
Taking Actionp. 58
Digital Distractionsp. 60
The Multitasking Generationp. 61
The Next Step in Brain Evolutionp. 71
The Techno-Flux Effectp. 75
Meet the Life Hackersp. 78
Just Too Much: Young Folks Burn Out on Online Sharingp. 89
Hooked on the Web: Help is on the Wayp. 93
Making Connectionsp. 98
Taking Actionp. 99
Cyber U.-Education Onlinep. 100
School Away From Schoolp. 101
To: Professor@University.edu Subject: Why It's All About Mep. 108
Internet Creates New Opportunities for Cheating, but Also Learningp. 112
Don't Discredit My Online Degreep. 116
Learning, Virtuallyp. 118
A Congressman Questions the Quality and Rigor of Online Educationp. 124
Making Connectionsp. 127
Taking Actionp. 127
Agents of Changep. 129
Getting Involvedp. 130
My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Studentp. 131
Gen Y's Ego Tripp. 138
Shaped by 9/11, Millennials Are Socially Consciousp. 141
Political Engagement and Service Learning, a Gandhian Perspectivep. 145
Generation We and the 2008 Electionp. 155
Reflections of a Non-Political Manp. 163
Making Connectionsp. 168
Taking Actionp. 169
Volunteerism-Is it for You?p. 171
Fixing? Helping? Or Serving?p. 172
"Alternative" Spring Breaks: Helping Poor and Homelessp. 180
Why Young People Are Volunteering in Record Numbersp. 182
Putting the "National" in National Servicep. 186
Doing Disservice: The Benefits and Limits of Volunteerismp. 193
Voluntary Work and the Needs of Strangersp. 198
Making Connectionsp. 206
Taking Actionp. 206
Maybe Heroism Isn't Deadp. 207
Heroes I Have Taught-and Who Have Taught Mep. 208
Jesuit Greg Boyle, Gang Priestp. 211
Heroism and Biologyp. 218
What Is a Hero?p. 222
Heroines and Role Modelsp. 228
The Ambivalence of Political Couragep. 231
Making Connectionsp. 239
Taking Actionp. 240
Media-Mirrors or Makers of Change?p. 241
The Culture of Televisionp. 242
Take a Break from TV-Yeah, Rightp. 243
Image Slaves: Everybody Wants to Be on Televisionp. 245
Watching TV Makes You Smarterp. 254
Tuning In, Tuning Outp. 261
Does Television Erode Social Capital?p. 271
The CSI Effectp. 276
Making Connectionsp. 282
Taking Actionp. 283
Body Image-If You Don't Like It, Change Itp. 284
Pretty Unrealp. 285
The Price of Perfectionp. 289
For You, My Lovely, A Faceliftp. 298
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... Are Muscular Men the Best of All?p. 302
"Thinspiration": Online Websites Promote Eating Disordersp. 306
The Ugliness Problemp. 310
Making Connectionsp. 312
Taking Actionp. 313
Dirty Secrets-What We Don't Know and Whyp. 315
Whitewash at Ground Zerop. 316
They Die Piece by Piecep. 319
Whistleblower or Troublemaker, Bunny Greenhouse Isn't Backing Downp. 325
Weaving Your Community's Master Narrativep. 330
Best Coverage Money Can Buyp. 335
Secret Service: Against Privacy and Transparencyp. 338
Making Connectionsp. 344
Taking Actionp. 345
The Challenge of Changep. 347
Burning Issues-Energy and Carsp. 348
America's Great Headachep. 349
The Autonomist Manifestop. 353
Kicking the Petroleum Habit: Ending Auto-Dominationp. 361
Fueling Our Transportation Futurep. 366
The Long Emergencyp. 372
Can America Go Green?p. 379
Making Connectionsp. 383
Taking Actionp. 384
America Behind Barsp. 385
My So-Called Lifep. 386
Hotel California: Prisons and Punishmentp. 394
Toxic Recyclingp. 398
Hundreds of Thousands of Inmates Mentally 3p. 403
Dying Well in Corrections: Why Should We Care?p. 406
Changing the Lives of Prisoners: A New Agendap. 414
Making Connectionsp. 420
Taking Actionp. 421
Who Is a Patriot?p. 422
Footprints on the Flagp. 423
Patriotism and Sacrificep. 426
And Our Flag Was Still Therep. 432
Facing Away from the Flagp. 435
Representative Thune Introduces Flag Protection Amendmentp. 438
Desecrationp. 441
Making Connectionsp. 444
Taking Actionp. 444
Writing With Sourcesp. 445
The Research Paperp. 448
Creditsp. 452
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 456
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