Signs of Life in the USA, 8th edition – Consuming Passions: The Culture of American Consumption

Readings

 

Signs of Life in the USA, 8th edition

 

Ch. 1, “Consuming Passions: The Culture of American Consumption,” pages 71 – 79

“The More Factor” by Laurence Shames, pages 80 – 86

 

Videos

Peer Review: What is Peer Review?

“This video defines peer review as an exercise in which writers comment on each other’s written work in order to improve writing. The video provides an introduction to peer review processes including discussion, revision, and editing.”

Peer Review: Commenting Strategies

” This video focuses on the role and responsibilities of a peer reviewer. Strategies for commenting include: ask reader-based questions, focus on global before local aspects, use the language of assignment criteria, offer constructive criticism and ‘I statements,’ avoid the ‘sounds good’ comment, and provide summary end notes. Examples of each strategy are included.”

 

Peer Writing Review Process

Students can often be quite valuable while reviewing their fellow students on writing assignments. Here are tips for doing a peer writing review in a college class.”

Pennsylvania RailRoad “Opening a New Frontier” 1955 – American Trains

“Pennsylvania RailRoad promotional film from 1955. Highlights the early intermodal road / rail ‘piggback’ services being introduced at the time.”

Calico Ghost Town

“California travel expert Veronica Hill of http://www.CaliforniaTravelExpert.com tours Calico Ghost Town in this episode of ‘California Travel Tips.’”

TNC:191 E5 (excerpt) JFK at the 1960 Democratic Convention

“TNC:191 E5 (excerpt) Senator John F. Kennedy accepting the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States on July 15, 1960.”

Embarrassing 80’s – Yuppies.

“A Yuppie is term for a ‘young urban professional’ or ‘young upwardly-mobile professional’ and is defined by one source as being ‘a young college-educated adult who has a job that pays a lot of money and who lives and works in or near a large city.’ This acronym first came into use in the early 1980s.”

The New Frontier of Medical Robots-A World Economic Forum Discussion-Ideas @Davos-WIRED Live

“In this World Economic Forum discussion, Carnegie Mellon roboticist Howard Choset shows how snake-like robots can perform minimally invasive surgeries, decreasing cost and patient recovery time.”  This video is an example of how the phrase “new frontier” is being used in multiple ways.

 

AT&T Commercial- It’s Not Complicated More

This advertisement exemplifies how wanting “more” has become associated with being American.

 

New Frontier Hotel Implosion Las Vegas

“The New Frontier was imploded Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. The 65-year-old casino, the second property built on the famous Las Vegas Strip, was the venue where Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut in 1956. It also housed entertainers like Siegfried and Roy, and Wayne Newton; was once owned by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes; and featured one of the longest union strikes in U.S. history.”  This video is not only a wonderful pyrotechnic display, but it shows metaphorically the end of the “new frontier.”

Deadlines

 

Initial discussion posts for the response to “The More Factor”are due by Thursday, and responses to at least two other students’ initial posts for this discussion are due no later than Sunday.  The Narrative Essay Rough Draft initial post is due Sunday.  A minimum of two detailed peer review response posts are due by the following Thursday.  The Narrative Essay Final Draft is due no later than the following Sunday.

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