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It completely amazes me how fake people are. And even better is when they get caught; instead of owning up to it like adults, they all choose to ignore the situation, and not say a single word. You were all able to talk behind my back, but you can’t, or rather won’t say anything to my face.  Do a me a favor and leave me alone, you’re all pathetic 

Essay #3 Abstract

For this essay, I will be exploring the controversies behind the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.  It is ancient legend that other worldly creatures helped in the construction of the pyramids due to their great stature and architecture.  Many find it hard to believe that the pyramids were built without modern technology.  There are also ancient hieroglyphics found that support these ideas due to their strange pictures.  The most important sources are the sources that explain how science can explain how the pyramids were built.  However, there are still doubts.  Many believe it is nearly impossible to have been able to build these structures when there was no new technology to help in the first place.  This essay will use scholarly journals as well as original research to support these claims.  

#pyramids #Giza #ancienttechnology #whobuiltit  

Ever since I was little, I have had a fascination with Ancient Egypt, and everything that goes with it.  I always wanted to explore the pyramids and tombs, and I have always wanted to see a mummy.  So my approach for essay #3 will be ancient Egypt and the mysterious mummies/tombs.  

Ever since I was little, I have had a fascination with Ancient Egypt, and everything that goes with it.  I always wanted to explore the pyramids and tombs, and I have always wanted to see a mummy.  So my approach for essay #3 will be ancient Egypt and the mysterious mummies/tombs.  

"What’s in a Name" Response

http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/17.1/inventio/lauer/inventio.html

First off, I really like the prompt for Essay 3.  I like the fact that we have the control over what we want the essay to be about, and where we would like it to go.  one aspect of this reading I found particularly interesting was the Rose Metaphor.  The Rose Metaphor references Romeo and Juliet, and how a rose wouldn’t change, even if the name did.  It’s characteristics are the same, it’s grown the same, but if it’s name were something else, it wouldn’t change any of those aspects.  With all these new terms, including new media, multimodal, multimedia, it’s hard to tell the difference between all of them, when they are all so similar.  They all have to deal with new technology, and new ways of looking at things, so I think that is my biggest question, how do these terms differ and relate to one another.      

Essay 2: Literature Review

In essay 2, I am writing about the movie “Happy Feet”, and how Mumble’s happiness changes and improves throughout the movie.  I will be using Bruckner’s article, “The Art of Suffering”, because it helps explain and describe how one has to go through suffering in order to achieve their full potential happiness.  I will also use Diener’s article, “Beyond the Hedonic Treadmill”, to portray how Mumble indeed goes through different set points in his life, but at the end is overall a happier penguin because he is able to accept himself for who he is, and by doing this, others learned to accept him for his special talent.  These articles both strongly correlate with the movie “Happy Feet”, and I feel will best help demonstrate what the authors try to get across to the reader.  

Works Cited

Bruckner, Pascal.  “The Art of Suffering.”

     Princeton University Press 2012: Print

Diener, Ed.  “Beyond the Hedonic Treadmill.”  

     American Psychologist May-June 2006:Print

Essay #2 Approach

For my second essay, I plan on using the movie “Happy Feet”.  Even though this movie is completely fictitious, I believe it explains the concepts surrounding happiness that we have been learning and reading about.  Basically, all penguins are born with a voice, which they use to find a mate.  Mumble however, was born with a different gift, he was a dancer.  He was made fun of as a young penguin, which could be described as a low point on the hedonic treadmill, then when he finds himself and becomes confident with what he has been give, his overall happiness increases, therefore disproving the Hedonic treadmill theory.   

Source: suicide-skinny

WSC: Happiness Comparison

Happiness is a universal concept; everyone wants it.  In McCloskey’s article, she believes happiness is achieved through pleasure, and can be based off a 3-point scale.  Someone can be either “not too happy”, “pretty happy”, or “very happy”.  I personally do not believe you can measure your happiness on a scale.  Some days are better than others, so what would those days be considered, “absolutely, positively terrible”?  I agree more with Bruckner’s view on happiness, and how you cannot know happiness until you have suffered.  Happiness is probably the best feeling someone can have, and most people will do anything to get there.  It is a way of being, and being happy can effect every aspect of your day.     

WSC: Art of Suffering

 ”Societies have never talked so much about suffering as they have since becoming exclusively concerned with happiness” (13).  Bruckner infers that suffering in inevitable.  One can never know true happiness unless they have experienced suffering.  People can suffer physically, but the worst suffering is when you’re battling with yourself.  ”Pain is a fact” (16).  Nothing ever seems right, and you try your best to make sense of a situation, but sometimes it can’t be fixed.  This is best reflected in a song sung on Glee, with some of the lyrics, ”My best intentions keep making a mess of things, I just want to fix it somehow.”  Sometimes the suffering we feel seems unbearable, and we look for anything to make us happy again, and to resolve the conflict we have with ourselves.  There can be so much pain at times, and the suffering seems unbearable.  Eventually happiness prevails, even if it at some times seems unattainable.  

WSC: Review

I plan on using multiple sources for this paper, including information from Frank’s and Roksa and Arum’s arguments.  I basically want to explore the cost of universities, and if attending a more expensive school actually puts the student in a better position job-wise.  Granted, the student will have more debt, but would they have a better job and be able to pay it off faster than other students who attended different universities.  I plan on researching average debt and college tuition costs, along with the jobs these students received.  I would also like to look into the fact of more aid in some way, shape, or form.  Whether it is scholarship money, or state-aid; how can a student help themselves more.