White Noise, Book Access Articles

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September 13th, 2008

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We will be discussing DeLillo’s White Noise through chapter 34 on Monday.  We will write over this in about a week, so please keep up with your reading journals.

Another great discussion (From the Board below) over the censorship!  The debate was heated at times, so we’ll be writing our own argumentative articles this weekend.  By now you are all familiar with the basic structure of an argumentative article, but here’s a quick outline to help you with your writing:

Post questions below for the good of all.



Legend: Black: from the articles, Blue: From you, Green: From me.

White Noise Discussion: Consumerism, Death

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September 5th, 2008

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We’ll read through chapter 21 (through The Toxic Airborne Event) for Monday.  Here are a few shots from the board:

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Have a great weekend!

Consumer Aura Discussion

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September 3rd, 2008

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Amazing discussion today, guys.  It gave me a chance to passively moderate the discussion while you all ran wild.  I think we’ll keep this up, unless there are any objections.  Comment below if you have a concern or another idea.

From the board:

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Be sure to keep up with your reading journals.  I cannot stress enough how important these will be when we begin writing our papers.

[Note: I wasn’t planning on posting these images, as they don’t accurately capture the discussion we (you) had.  It was a dynamic document created as you talked, so things were erased.  I’ve added notes to clarify a bit, but next time I’ll keep a more legible record. If you were absent today, I would greatly appreciate any feedback or questions about what we did, in order to help me clarify our discussion.]

White Noise Reading Journals

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September 1st, 2008

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As we decided in class on Friday, we are reading through chapter 10 of White Noise this weekend.  (We will read through the first section, chapter 20, by Friday if you want to get a head start.)  Here are a few themes you might want to focus on in your reading journals:


"Naming of Things…"

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(We’ll talk about this in class on Tuesday, but think "things being important because of how they are described or advertised, not because they are valuable in themselves."

A few more to search for: reality/perception, memory, and "white noise."

Remember, it is more important to enjoy the book than to focus solely on these themes.  This is normally an activity reserved for the second reading of a text, but since most of you scoff at me when I suggest reading a book twice, I thought I’d give you a head start.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Pick Up White Noise

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August 28th, 2008

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at Barnes and Noble on 41st if you don’t already have a copy.  We will begin discussing the book tomorrow.