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1. Jorge L., Ortiz, and TODAY USA. “Bonds’ sentence latest in saga.” USA Today n.d.: Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.
This article is about Barry Bonds and how a lot of people believe he was given a lighter punishment because of his social presence and how well known he is within baseball. I plan on using this to show how baseball fans’ opinions of players can affect an accused player’s life after baseball both directly and indirectly. Also, in the article it mentions how the Bonds ruling could have an affect on the outcomes of other cases involving baseball players accused of using steroids.
2. Gregory, Sean. “Power Shortage.” Time 178.5 (2011): 54-55. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.
This article talks about how a player hitting a home run isn’t as exciting to fans anymore because it might not be ‘real.’ When players like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were hitting a lot of home runs, they were using steroids. I plan to use this article to show the effects steroid use has on a fan’s view of their favorite players. The way that their opinion changes after a player is found guilty of steroid use or even just accused of it.
3. Andrecheck, Sky. “Measuring the Taint: Steroids and the Court of Public Opinion.” The Baseball Analysts. N.p., 23 May 2009. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. <http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/2009/05/measuring_the_s.php>.
This article talks about how the fan perception of certain players has changed since they were accused of using steroids. Even some players that have had no connection to talk about steroids but have had numbers similar to steroid users are mentioned. I plan on using this when talking about the effect steroid use has on a fan’s opinion of a player.
4. Grossman, Mitchell, Timothy Kimsey, Joshua Moreen, and Matthew Owings. “Steroids and Major League Baseball.” Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, n.d. Web. 14 Apr 2012.
This source talks about several things related to steroid use in the MLB including what it does to the team both in a negative way and a positive way. I plan on using that part to discuss how steroid use can hurt the game of baseball itself. Also, I might use other parts of this article when I talk about the arguments for steroid use and how it can help a team in some ways.
5. Pärssinen, Miia, and Timo Seppälä. “Steroid Use and Long-Term Health Risks in Former Athletes.” Sports Medicine. 32.2 (2002): 83-94. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. <http://adisonline.com/sportsmedicine/Fulltext/2002/32020/Steroid_Use_ and_Long_Term_Health_Risks_in_Former.1.asp&xgt.
This article discusses several of the effects that steroid use has on athletes as far as their health goes. I plan on using this source mainly when I talk about the reasons I believe steroids should not be used because of the health risks. Specifically, I am going to use the part about the health of former athletes that used steroids.
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She is so sweet, I couldn’t help myself from tasting.
He has to like gravy.
A promise that does not boost confidence
Dance your face off!
Lifetime has to stop using so much chemicals in their water…people are starting to tweak.
A 16th century noble…
I kinda see a person.
And he sticks the landing!
Rudolph the gold nosed reindeer.
Carpenters have gone on strike after Jesus died. Furniture will never be the same.
Empty people with no color.
Underwater piece of clothing.
I see a ray of pink and orange bouncing from the adjacent white walls.
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Topic: The use of steroids in baseball and whether or not it should be allowed.
Purpose: I hope to better understand both sides of the argument and find out what players and coaches in the MLB are saying about it. I feel like this is important because it can have an effect on athletes in college and even high school if steroids were allowed in professional sports.
Writer: The reason I chose this topic is because I am a huge sports fan, especially of baseball, and I have always thought that the use of steroids casts a bad light on the game. It has always been a topic that interested me.
Audience: I think that my audience would mainly be baseball fans as well as the people who work for the MLB and make the decisions on which drugs players are allowed to take.
Working claim I believe that all performance enhancing drugs, such as steroids, should be banned from professional baseball.
Three (preliminary) supporting arguments
1. Steroids make the game unfair to players who don’t use them.
2. They can hurt the player physically, shortening their career and even their life.
3. Steroids have the potential to cause depression, just like any other kind of drug abuse.
Three (also preliminary) counterarguments
1. Some of the players who have been known to use steroids have been very popular with fans.
2. They can help players perform to their full potential.
3. The better performance can boost a player’s confidence.
What types of evidence will you be looking for? I will be looking for trials against players that have used steroids and what has happened to them since they retired from baseball. Also, I will look into the players that have been accused of using steroids but haven’t been found guilty of it and how they are viewed by fans and other players. I plan to look for players’ statistics as well and compare them to the players that don’t use steroids.
Three possible research questions
1. How accessible are steroids to professional sports players?
2. How much does steroid use shorten professional sports careers?
3. What are fans opinions of players that have used steroids?
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All I really knew about where I wanted to go with this paper was that I wanted to do it on a remix of a song that I already knew. To find a song I just went to Youtube and started typing in bands that I liked with the word remix and saw what came up. There were 2 remixes that I really liked, one of 21 Guns by Green Day and the other of Lights by Ellie Goulding, and in the end I chose to do Bassnectar’s remix of Lights. I usually don’t like when songs that have a slower tempo in the original version are sped up in the remix, but for this song it seemed to work really well. The remix didn’t take away the meaning of the song or make it sound completely ridiculous, as some remixes tend to do. One thing that I noticed was that this song was put up on Ellie Goulding’s VEVO channel. This means that she gave her permission to Bassnectar for the remix and probably worked with him on it. This is something that I could talk about in my paper, showing how not all artists are against remixing and how it can help their careers. Also, I was thinking that I would compare this song to other remixes of the same original song or to other Bassnectar remixes. Seeing the differences between quality of remixes or even how similar some seem to be would be helpful for this paper. Finally, I would talk about how some remixes don’t sound anything like the original song because they rearrange things so much, but this remix uses the song as it is and doesn’t cut it up and put pieces in a different order. I would also like to look into how successful this remix has been and how it has helped both artists’ careers.
“Specifically, it’s a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people.”
“Avatar imaginatively revisits the crime scene of white America’s foundational act of genocide, in which entire native tribes and civilizations were wiped out by European immigrants to the American continent.”
“Watching the movie, there is really no mistake that these are alien versions of stereotypical native peoples that we’ve seen in Hollywood movies for decades.”
“These are movies about white guilt. Our main white characters realize that they are complicit in a system which is destroying aliens, AKA people of color - their cultures, their habitats, and their populations.”
“Whites need to stop remaking the white guilt story, which is a sneaky way of turning every story about people of color into a story about being white.”
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Talk about your process writing this portion of the draft. What came easily for you?
- Writing out my thoughts and saying what I thought needed to be said for each specific point came fairly easily. The summarizing of what Lessig said in the book was pretty easy.
What were the major struggles of this draft? Be specific.
- The major struggle was determining which points were the most important in the summary and which ones were more like background information that wasn’t essential.
Let’s talk about time management. How did you balance the researching and writing of this partial draft? In what ways could you improve?
- I basically did the research at the same time as the writing. I could probably improve on when I start working because I am a really bad procrastinator.
Now, a to-do list: write at least five (5) things you need to do before you hand in your summary portfolio to Chrissy on Monday, February 13th. Be specific. Do not write “finish the paper.”
1. Add in transitions between paragraphs.
2. Write a better conclusion.
3. Expand more on the points I made.
4. Talk more about what the author said and how he reacted rather than focusing on what happened.
5. Reread the paper and fix grammar/spelling mistakes.
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1. The author states that a lot of cartoon shows like South Park would not exist now if the creators had not borrowed ideas from other cartoons. Do you think that TV shows and movies that are parodies should be considered a form of plagiarism?
2. Do you think that most authors/musicians are more concerned with the money that their work makes or just the fact that people are enjoying it?
3. Where do you think the line is with stealing someone’s intellectual property? Is it really stealing?
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