Piece due Monday, March 15
due (5-6 pages) for outside readers Friday, March 19
first writing project is to propose an issue related to
technology that you would like to explore for the rest
of the quarter and to explain why it is an appropriate
issue to consider deliberatively. Remember that in deliberative
writing, you contemplate thoughtfully others' ideas and
positions, trying to understand the reasons why they hold
those ideas and positions. By working to understand these
perspectives you will be better able to make a convincing
and reasonable argument about the issue in a way that
benefits all the people involved and your community as
makes an appropriate issue?
issue that matters to you and to others in your community,
that has significant effects on how you live your life
issue that there is genuine disagreement over
issue that is complex and about which people or groups
hold many different perspectives
issue you can find credible written and other kinds
of sources of information about
issue that you are unsure about and want to learn more
about (one that you are willing to change your mind
defining your issue, pose it in terms of a question that
invites a deliberative answer.
a question that can be simply answered 'yes' or 'no':
Should the Internet be censored?
NOT a question that offers only two alternatives:
Should the Internet be censored or should it be completely
a pro or con question:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Internet
deliberative question instead seeks to find out things
about your issue that will help you make a good decision
is calling for Internet censorship and what are their
What would be the effects of Internet censorship?
would the infrastructure of the Internet have to be
changed to enable censorship?
what ways could the Internet be better regulated so
as to protect certain groups while still maintaining
freedom of speech and expression?
your proposal you should discuss such things as:
is this issue important?
does it affect you and others?
do you want to find out about this issue?
ideas and arguments in the readings so far relate to
this issue and how?
different perspectives do people hold on this issue