Monday you should bring 1) a printed copy of your Carmichael analysis and 2) a copy of an original argument.
For those having trouble tracking down an argument, it may be that you’re looking for “quality,” something I don’t ask of you. Did you pump gas this week? QT is always trying to sell the latest coma-inducing pumpkin spice doughnut frozen coffee drink. That sign is an argument. Snap a picture, bring it in. The goal is open your eyes to the appeals you are inundated with constantly.
If you don’t want to have a conversation about a gas station drink advertisement (understandable), but don’t feel like you come into contact with interesting arguments regularly, here’s a solution:
- Arts & Letters Daily—Brilliant site bringing together articles from all over the Interwebs. Mostly scholarly, but all well-written.
- In These Times—Began as an “Independent Socialist Newspaper,” but is primarily progressive (left of center) in its leanings today. Kurt Vonnegut was a frequent contributor until 2005.
- Slate.com—Online-only news magazine. Gotta love the Explainer (not argumentative, but interesting nonetheless).
- NPR.org—Public Radio’s other online presence.
- The New Republic—Often insightful, this magazine focuses on politics and the arts.
- Time Magazine
- AdBusters—Popular amongst my students for the past few years. Worth checking out.
- National Review—Very well-written conservative magazine.
- The New Yorker
- Popmatters—Articles on popular culture; music, video games, the Interwebs, and movies are all topics. Great place to find an article and a new favorite band.
- The Huffington Post
- Kickstarter.com—The videos are a bit like commercials, but often do not have the credibility of established companies—this changes their arguments a bit.
- TED.com—The educated person’s YouTube.
- PopTech—Like TED, but mostly devoted to STEM.
How to read online:
Feedly is a free RSS reader that brings news, blog posts, comics, etc. to you in an easily read format. There are a number of programs out there that make reading the longer pieces online (and on your phone) a bit more comfortable; I use Pocket, but many others use Instapaper or Readability.