Final Self Assessment

This English 1020 class has been one of the most enjoyable classes that I have had in my entire college career so far. Throughout this semester, I feel that I have adequate work in this class. I also feel as though this class as made me a better writer than I was when I enrolled into it. Even though I feel as though I have done good in this class throughout the semester there are still several things that I need to work on to improve my writing.

The work that I have done in this class has been pretty good in my opinion. I do not believe that I did a very good job on the First Formal Assignment we did in this class, but as we got to the Second Formal Assignment I had a better understanding of what I needed to do to achieve in this class. The second assignment that we did I believe that I was more prepared to create an argument and back that argument with evidence. The third and fourth assignments that we did in this class came more natural than the first two. The last two assignments were on topics that I had a lot of previous knowledge about; therefore I could better argue my points with evidence to back them. Overall, I feel satisfied with the work that I did over the course of this semester in this class, and I feel as though I met most the goals that I set for myself in this class. 

Coming into this class I had a good bit of writing experience under my belt. Even though I felt that I was an experienced writer I still had to put forth a bunch of effort in this class, because I had never written to persuade before. I felt that it would be easy to convince someone of something that I believed strongly upon, but, with working on my persuasion techniques during this semester I believe that I am a far better writer than I was coming into this class. I can now write an argument and present it in a way that is relevant. This class a whole, was the most challenging english class that I have taken throughout my scholarly career, and I feel that I got more out of this class than any other class before. 

Even though I feel accomplished in this class, there is still some work that needs to be done. In this last paper of mine, I tended to use certainties more than I should. I did this all throughout this semester, and that is the main thing that I need to work on after I leave this class. A couple other things that you told me I needed to work on is to elaborate more on things. Sometimes I would make a statement and just leave it out to dry. I need to make sure that I do not leave my reader hanging on important details. I also need to work on some of my wording that I use. I also tend to use unclear antecedents sometimes. As a Physical Therapist, I will need to make clear statements not only in my speech, but in my writing as well. If I leave a statement without elaboration, it could cost someone their health, but, with time and more writing experience under my belt, I think that I can obtain these goals, and work out the kinks in my writings to make me an effective writer. 

As you can see, I have taken a lot away from this class. I have turned in work that is well deserving of a good grade. I have put a lot of time and effort into this class to make sure that I get all the skills that I could out of this class. I have grown as a writer from day one to now, but there are still several things that I need to work on to get where I need to be. If I do not work on the things that I mentioned before, this class, and all my other english classes, will have been a waste of time and effort on my teachers part. After this class, I plan to try to improve on what I need to, to be able to be successful in life. 

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Hunting

My whole life I have been an avid hunter. I began going with my father just to spend time with him when I was six years old, but over time it turned into a passion. Being in the outdoors, watching everything in the outdoors, and just enjoying the outdoors acts as a stress reliever to me. There is just something about the tranquility and serenity of watching the earth around me and its beauty. Hunting has been around ever since the beginning of humankind, but lately there has been some talk about doing away with some types of hunting because it is unethical and inhumane. Why should hunting still be around today anyway?

There are many reasons that hunting should still be around today. Hunting provides for the economy, provides a better ecosystem, and feeds millions of people every year, but people still argue that hunting is not good for the environment, and some forms of hunting should be done away with completely. I argue that continuing to allow people to hunt throughout the country is, and always will be, in the best interest for the country as a whole.

There will always be a group of people that oppose hunting no matter what anyone says, but those anti-hunters cannot argue with what some people would consider as facts. Many groups of anti-hunters claim that hunting destroys the environment. They believe that a healthy environment is one that is not disturbed, and is left in its original unbothered state. They say that hunting causes more pain to an animal that would not occur if there was no hunting. This group of anti-hunters believe that hunters do not care about the animal that they are killing, and that hunters just kill for fun. The truth is, most of this is incorrect.

Hunting, according to Whit Gibbons, is good for the environment. “[Hunting is a way to] maintain wildlife at current and healthy levels.” What he means by this is that hunting keeps the animals at a level that is reasonable for humans and the animals both. With the number of hunters in the United States decreasing every year in percentage, hunters still manage to somehow keep animals at a safe operating level even though we are only 9 percent of the entire population in the United States. A safe operating level for animal capacity is a level at which the animals have adequate food for the entire population of that species. It is also when a certain species of animals do not affect the day-to-day lives of human beings. As hunters, it is our main goal to manage a herd of animals in a way that allows the animals to be relaxed and not have to worry about competing with the alpha animals for a particular food source, in turn making them malnourished and unable to survive the winters.

There have been many cases in the northern part of the United States where large percentages of a deer herd will not make it through the harsh winters due to undernutrition caused by overpopulation. If a herd of deer, or any animal for that matter, reaches its carrying capacity, every deer in that herd will suffer because of the overpopulation. There would not be enough food in that area for every animal in the herd to eat the amount of food that they need to survive the winter.

An example that shows how hunters need to maintain a stable level of animal population is the Grey Wolf of the Rocky Mountains. According to Jeff Black, a staff writer for NBC News, during the 1970’s, the Grey Wolf was put on the endangered species list. The Grey Wolf was hunted hard in the Rocky Mountains for a long time, and the hard hunting eventually caught up with them. In past years, there were not any regulations on Grey Wolf hunting in the Rocky Mountains, but once they became endangered, the hunting was banned immediately. In 2008, the population of the Grey Wolf was on a quick rise, and it was becoming a hazard to human well being. The wolves were killing farmers’ livestock in both Montana and Wyoming. In the same year that the Grey Wolf came off the endangered species list, President Obama lifted the ban on Grey Wolf hunting and allowed them to be hunted again, but with strict regulations that will keep the Grey Wolf at a maintainable level this time. This is a great example of how hunting, with the right regulations, can “maintain wildlife at current healthy levels” and make the well being of humans better in the process.

As a hunter, I can attest to the anti-hunters’ argument about how hunting causes an unhealthy environment. Every year to get ready for hunting season, my father and I spend several hundred dollars to prepare our land to be hunted. This money goes into items that feed the animals we hunt, giving them the proper nutrition that will keep them healthy until the next year when we feed them again. Another thing that we do to get ready for the hunting season is that we plant crops for the animals. My father and I plant different crops such as corn, clover, soybeans, and even sunflowers that contribute to many different species in the environment. Other than planting things to grow, we perform control burns. A control burn is a synthetic fire that kills the undergrowth in the forest. This action allows the natural plants of an environment to grow back in a nutrient-rich environment with much less competition for water and food than before.

There are, in fact, many reasons that people still hunt today. I took a survey in one of my larger classes. It was my Biology 1010 class that has approximately one hundred people in it. I took a survey of the students, and out of the one hundred people, only four of them were hunters. I asked these four people why they hunt and I got four different answers. The first person that I talked to told me that the reason he hunted was because “it is just fun.” The second person that I asked told me that it was because hunting was a main way to provide food for their family. This person told me that hunting has been in their family for decades, and they just wanted to keep that tradition going while providing food for his family to eat. I interviewed a third person from my class that told me that he hunted for a couple of reasons: 1) To provide food for their family, and 2) They respect the game animals that they hunt and they want to be able to keep these animals at a reasonable population so that they do not have to compete for food with one another. The last person that I talked to here on campus about why they hunt had a simple explanation. This person told me that they did not necessarily like to “hunt” the animals, but that they liked to be one with nature. They told me that hunting is a way to be one with nature and enjoy everything that is beautiful on this earth. As a hunter myself, I can agree with all four of these viewpoints on why they like to hunt. I think everything about hunting is fun, from the waking up early, to the summer days scouting and planting food, to sitting in the stand all day. I also believe that it is my job to provide food on the table for my family, and hunting is the best way that I know how to do that. While being a conservationist is not on the top of my priority list when I am hunting, it does play a major role in what I do when I hunt. I like to see a healthy herd of animals with adequate food and shelter, and that is not easy to do, but it is why I do what I do. Lastly, hunting is a form of therapy. Whenever I have something going on in my life and I just need to get away, I go hunting. It is a peaceful place where nothing else matters besides you and God’s creation.

People claim that hunting is morally incorrect here in America. In many places all over the world, people have to hunt to survive. Hunting in some people’s eyes may not be moral, but it is a way of life. The way that I justify hunting is by the Bible. Hunting is referred to many times in the Bible. Genesis 9:3 says, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” Those were direct words from God to us. If we will inhabit his Earth, then we should abide by his rules. I know that everyone does not agree or believe in the Bible, but in the United States, most of the population does go by the Bible, in some form or fashion. The U.S. was built upon making exceptions for different people, so that everyone has a fair opportunity. There will always be efforts to meet on common ground to accommodate different groups of people.

It was recently studied that predatory animals have affected animal population number, but hunters are trying to control the populations of those animals such as coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and other predatory animals. In 2001, the Whitetail deer population in Alabama was around 2.2 million deer. In 2011, a study was done that shows that the population is down to 1.8 million deer. According to Charlie Killmaster, in July of 2010, a coyote and deer study was done to show how the coyote population is affecting the deer population. Dr. John Kligo performed this study by putting a tracking collar on sixty fawn deer that were born in South Carolina just a couple hours after birth. Of the sixty deer that had on tracking collars, 73 percent of those fawns died. That is, a little more than seven out of every ten died. Of the forty-four that died after birth, thirty-five were killed by coyotes. If hunters were not able to control the populations of predatory animals such as coyotes, you could see that forty-four deaths rise to fifty-five out of the sixty. As you can see, controlling numbers of one species of animals contributes to the number of species of another animal.

A main argument that is presented with anti-hunters is that hunters do not even eat what they kill. This is not true. In my fourteen years of hunting, I have never once met anyone that did not eat what they kill, or give their meat to someone that needs it more than they do. I have a friend that kills anywhere from three to ten deer a year, and he donates those deer to families that do not have the money or ability to provide for their own family. There is a program here in Alabama that is called Hunters Helping the Hungry. This program was started in 1999, and every year this program provides close to 35,000 pounds of venison to families in need. I myself do not participate in this program, but that is because my family eats venison all year long. At my house, we have a meat grinder that we use to grind the meat of the animal that we harvest into hamburger meat. Every year, we accumulate close to four hundred pounds total of venison, and we eat this meat as long as it lasts.

I recently talked with a Wildlife Conservation Biologist, Warren Gauden. Mr. Gauden told me that 80% of the funds that provide for environmental conservation effort projects come from hunting licenses and fishing licenses. That means that the anti-hunters only provide 20% of the funds for the environment that they care so much about. So every hunting license and fishing license that is bought every year before the season helps the environment. According to The Rocky Mountain Elk Federation, “In 1907, only 41,000 elk remained in North America. Thanks to the money and hard work invested by hunters to restore and conserve habitat, today there are more than 1 million.” They later said that in 1900, there were only about 500,000 whitetail deer, but today there are close to 32 million whitetail deer in North America. This shows that when there are proper laws on hunting, and everyone abides by the law, it can make a tremendous difference in the environment.

Other than hunting being good for the environment, it also serves as an economic booster as well. According to the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, in 2001 $24,708,970 was spent on traveling accommodations and the purchase of hunting equipment in the United States. Of that $24 million, $10 million was spent on deer hunting alone. Also, of that $24 million, almost $4 million was due to out-of-state hunters that would travel to other states to hunt an animal of a different region. The same statistic came out in 2011 by Hunting in America and says that close to 13.7 million Americans participated in hunting activities that year. Those 13.7 million people contributed $38.3 billion to the economy by way of licenses, equipment, travel, and more. In 2011 alone, there were close to 700,000 jobs that were available because of hunting. To put it in perspective, if you considered hunting as an industry, it would be in thirty-fifth place on the Fortune 500 list of largest businesses in America, which would put them right in between J.C. Penny and the UPS according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As I mentioned earlier, the anti-hunters believe that hunters do not care about the animal that they are hunting, but if this was true, most of the facts that I presented earlier would not be true. If we, hunters, did not care about the animal we hunted, then why would we put all the time, money, and effort that we do into something that we do not respect and care for? As hunters, it is our main goal to provide for the environment first, family second, and self satisfaction lastly.

Hunting is something that provides in many different ways for the economy, to the environment, and to basic family needs. Since the beginning of time, people have hunted animals for food and sport. Today, people still hunt for food and sport, and for a long time to come, people will continue to hunt for those two reasons. Hunting helps to provide a better environment for all animals. Hunting also makes the environment an all around better place to be. Hunting provides in many different ways for the economy as a whole from financially to just providing jobs to millions of people. If hunting was ever done away with completely, the environment, the economy, and human life would suffer greatly.

Whether or not you choose to hunt is completely up to you and you alone. If you choose not to be a hunter, then do not try to take away what some people love just because you do not agree with it. Hunting plays a huge role in everyday life for humans and non-humans. If everyone was to work together to make this economy and environment the best that it could possibly be, then this world would be a better place. Both hunters and non-hunters need to work together to achieve this goal. If we all work together and understand each other’s point of view, we could make a change in our environment and economy, and make this country have one of the best environments in the world.

Works Cited

Biology 1010 Class. Personal Interview/Survey. 14 Apr. 2014.

Black. Jeff. “Protected no longer more than 550 gray wolves killed this season by hunters and trappers” NBC News. 6 Mar. 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

Gauldin, Warren. Personal interview. 30 Mar. 2014. Gibbons, Whit. “Why Is Hunting Good For The Environment?” Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. N.p., 23 Nov. 2003. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

Killmaster, Charlie. “The Coyote Factor- Taking a Bite Out of Deer.” Alabama Outdoor News. N.p., July 2010. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.

LaBarbera, Mark. “Economic Importance of Hunting in America.” International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (2003): 2-11. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

“25 Reasons Why Hunting Is Conservation.” Rocky Mountain Elk Federation. N.p., 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.

Final Paper Proposal

1. Why have people been talking a lot lately about how hunting is not ethical, and how hunting should be removed from our society all together? There have been many studies that have shown the positive impacts of hunting on not only the environment, but the economy as well. Many people argue that hunting is not morally or ethically correct. They say that hunting actually leads to the extinction of some species, and that it is a cruel and unnatural thing to do to animals. But without hunting would animals not become over populated and die in ways that are slower and more painful than if one was hunted? But, on the other end of the spectrum people say that without hunting, our environments would not be in the condition they are in without hunting. These people say that hunting maintains animal levels in a way that is beneficial for multiple different species of animals in that environment.

2. If people were to convince the government that hunting is not ethically or morally correct, and that our economy and environment would be better without hunting, then the environment would actually become ten times worse than it has ever been. People that are against hunting would be the ones that are causing the animals to suffer way more than any hunter could make them suffer. Hunting actually provides more for the environment than it could ever possibly take away from it.

3. Warren Gauden told me that hunting is the main source for funds for conservation biologists. Before I sat down with him, I never thought about hunting from an economic standpoint, I had always just thought about it from a ethical standpoint. Gauden shows me that what I do every year to prepare for hunting season, greatly affects not only me, but everyone in my community. Taxes that are levied against hunting supplies and equipment all goes to funds that help to better the environment.

Whit Gibbons says that in 2003 people that hunt and fish contributed more than $70 billion to the economy. Gibbons later says that hunters themselves do not actually better the environment, but they maintain the environment where it is in a sustainable manner. Meaning that the environment is not getting better, but it is remaining intact and undisturbed for other people to enjoy such as bird watchers or hikers. Gibbons also says that hunting keeps the environment clean, undamaged, and as natural as humanly possible.

The grey wolf was once an endangered species, but lately the population of Rocky Mountain Grey Wolf has been increasing rapidly. The wolves have actually become a problem amongst communities in Wyoming and Montana. The government called upon hunters to take care of this problem. President Obama lifted the ban against the hunting of grey wolves to ensure the safety of communities. The wolves are known to be aggressive and have actually killed people’s livestock. This shows that without hunters people and other animals could be in danger if hunters were not allowed to manage the population of some animals that are a danger to society.

4. My tentative thesis would be something like, “Many people argue that hunting is ethically and environmentally improper, but studies have show that hunting actually does in fact lead to a better environment.” Hunting is the main reason that our environment is as healthy as it is today. If hunting was not allowed, there would not be sufficient funds to help the environment get better and better everyday. How does hunting do this? All the money that is spent on hunting licenses, trips, land, leases, and other things involved with hunting, goes into the Environmental Protection Agency fund, to help the environment in any way possible.

5. The evidence that I will use in my argument is what I have already presented to you. I will use statistics that prove that hunting helps the economy. I will use other outside sources that show just how good hunting is for the environment and economy. Statistics are always something that help give your argument credibility, so I will use statistics and other tactics to get my argument across. 

Works Cited:

Gauldin. Warren. Personal interview. 30 Mar. 2014.

Gibbons, Whit. “WHY IS HUNTING GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?” N.p., 23 Nov. 2003. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

Black. Jeff. “Protected no longer more than 550 gray wolves killed this season by hunters and trappers” NBC News. 6 Mar. 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

Annotated Bibliography

Works Cited:

Gauldin. Warren. Personal interview. 30 Mar. 2014.

Gibbons, Whit. “WHY IS HUNTING GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?”  N.p., 23 Nov. 2003. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

I recently sat down with Warren Gauldin at my father’s office, and talked with him about the effects of hunting on the environment. He talked about how hunting is really the only source of money for the projects that they do within our environment. He said that without hunting the environment would be a pretty bad place, not only because of the lack of funds to better the environment, but there would also be an overpopulation of animals. The overpopulation would lead to widespread disease in not only the animals, but in humans too. Mr. Warran says that hunting is the main reason that our environment is still the beautiful place that it is today.

This second article that what written in 2003 by Whit Gibbons tells more about hunting and the environment in a way with more numbers and statistics. It also states how the numbers of hunters are declining from generation to generation, but the numbers of people actually involved in the outdoors is increasing. It says that more than $60 billion was spent on hunting licenses, lodging, travel costs, ammunition, and other things that one would need to hunt. This article is going to help me throw some statistics out there to help validate what I am saying.

Reading Response

Sherry Turkle said in her video that people today are using their phones and computers more than ever. She starts off by saying that we are in a day and age now where we do not really know how to communicate. She gives an example of a teenage boy that said something along the lines of, “…someday, but certainly not now, I will learn how to carry on a conversation.” This shows that some people are not even familiar with communication types outside of the internet and cell phones. She later goes on to say that even though we can not communicate face to face like people used to be able to, we are still some of the best communicators ever. People have learned how to be in different places at the same time, which allows them to be able to communicate with different groups of people in various situations without actually being with them. She says that we are always connected with everyone, even when we are not face to face with them. Sherry says that we have the ability to be the best communicators ever if we can use what we have in the best way possible if we use social networks and texting to lead us back to our own ways of life a life to love. 

I agree in the fact that we are living online and some people do not understand how to communicate in the best manner. Even though communication is not at an all time high right now, people are still able to translate their thoughts better than ever. We have come to a time when we sacrifice communication for connection. We always want to be connected with our peers, and we are able to do that because of the technology that we have. Sherry says tweeting and Facebook posting is not considered communication in her opinion, but I disagree. People communicate all the time through Facebook posts and tweets on Twitter. Even though i disagree and agree with some of the things that Sherry Tuckler says, I think that this video was very educational and really helped to open my eyes to human communication and human connections. 

Midterm

Prior to this writing class, I had a good bit of writing experience, but I would still consider myself a novice writer. In high school I was an “A” student in all of my English classes. My first semester here at AUM I took English 1010, and I give all credit to that class and Mr. Head for making me the writer I am. Coming into that class I was nowhere near where I needed to be, in my writing skills, as a college student. But, thanks goes to that class taught by Mr. Head for helping me to get to the point where I am today.

At the beginning of this semester I would of considered myself a pretty good writer, but I had some things that I really needed to work on. For the first formal assignment you gave me feedback telling me where I stood with my paper. You made a point that I needed to work on my choice of words, and I needed to work on making my argument more coherent.  There was a couple times when I would state something in my paper that contradicted something I had already said in my paper. You told me that I had an indirect way of writing that I needed to work on changing into a more direct form of writing. I believe that after that first formal assignment I better understand how I need to word things to get my point across in a more effective manner. By the end of this course, I think I will be where I need to be as a college English student.

My goal for this class will be to be able to state an argument, and stand behind my argument in a manner that is easy to understand from a readers point of view. I want people to be able to read my argumentative paper and think about what I am saying. I want my arguments, while I am in this class, to really stimulate some people’s thinking, and make people think outside of the box. If I can make people think outside of the box, and get my point across in a manner that stimulates thought, then I will have achieved my goal for this class. I believe that I am off to a good start in this class, and before the end of the semester, I will be able to achieve my goal, and I will become a better writer than I am at this point.

I plan on being a Physical Therapist. The role that writing plays in this career field is kind of narrow. There are not many things that are written in a long, strung out form in this occupation. There is quite a bit of writing though. As a Physical Therapist I will need to be able to write down my plan for a patient on paper, so that my assistants can conduct the exercises that will help my patient to achieve my goal that I have set for each individual patient.  A lot of Physical Therapy is verbal, but writing will be essential in some aspects. Some Physical Therapists write up goals for their patients when they first meet them, so that the patient can have an idea of what the Therapist wants to do with them during the course of their therapy. Even though writing is not a big role in my career field, there are a couple things that I will need to write about while in my career field of Physical Therapy that are essential to what I will be doing.

Literacy Revival

Writing for fun and for acknowledgment is at an all time high in this day and age that we live in. Some people write their every thought in some form or fashion. People write for blog entries, social media, texts, email, and a whole lot more reasons, but people think this is a problem because it is all done online. Many teachers think that, because everything like social media and texting are at an all time high, people are more careless in their grammar and mechanics. There are a couple different studies that give different perspectives on what the online literacy revival is doing to our writing, one of which is done by Stanford Research, and the other is don by Pew Research.

Clive Thompson says that literacy is at an all time high right now. Thompson says in his article on the New Literacy, a literacy that is mainly online, that students today are having their literacy pushed in bold new directions. He says that students are more aware of writing styles and techniques to adequately get the attention of the people that are reading what they write than ever before in history. He said that students used to not write like they do today, he remembers almost every bit of writing they ever did was in the classroom, and what was not done in the classroom was not intended for an audience to read, this refers to writings such as diaries. I remember my parents telling me, not too long ago, about how everything is so much different today than when they were in college. They said that they had to do term papers in college, but it was nothing like publishing a blog online for everyone and their mother to see. In today’s society people write more than ever. Thompson says that up to almost 40 percent of writing is done outside of classrooms today, compared to the less than 10 percent thirty years ago. These writings include anything from social media posts on Twitter or Facebook, blog posts, emails to friends and family, online chats with friends, and even in some cases job interviews. Thompson goes on to say that he believes that we are in a time of literacy revolution that compares to the literacy revolution that happened during the peak of the Greek civilization that has not happened anywhere else since then. This literacy revival is good for our generation, because a study by Andrea Lunsford at Stanford University shows that people are more able to effectively put their thoughts into words that are easy for others to understand and learn from. Lunsford also says that students today are more able to adapt to different situations quickly to provide a tone that is more suitable to a particular audience to get their point across. He compared our reasons for writing now as being more social and have contributed greatly to the revival that we are in now, because we are writing for much of the same reasons that the Greek were writing for during their literacy revolution, compared to the reasons for writing for essays 50 years ago.

Arit John wrote an article based on a survey that was recently done across the country by Pew Research saying middle school and high school students are having a tougher time than ever with their writing. This survey done by these high school teachers says that students are having a hard time differentiating between formal and informal writing due to the large number of students that are involved with texting and social media. Another problem that these teachers mentioned during the survey was that the students were having a hard time understanding the concept of plagiarism and citing their work. These same teachers took the time to rate their students ability on being able to read a long article and comprehend what they are reading, and the teachers said they would rate the majority of their students in the “poor or fair” category. This study later goes on to say that students in this generation are making more grammatical errors than they have ever seen before, and the teachers, of course, say this is the fault of all the social medias, emails, and “texting lingo”. Even though the teachers say the students writings are worse than before, they still think that this generation has the ability to be some of the best writers. The teachers say that the students are all still very good writers because of the digital age that we live in. They say that the students are more creative than they have ever been, because they have grown up with all of this technology that stimulates the brain in a neat and affective manner.

No matter what way you look at it, we are in the middle of a “literacy revolution”. There are many things that are bad with how some people are learning to express themselves now, but people are more expressive with their writings now because of all the ways that are available for someone to express themselves. This revival that we are in right now, is good and bad, but if we use what we have to our advantage, literacy and all literature from this generation would be exceptional, and it would be highly acknowledged for many more years to come. We could take advantage of this “New Literacy” by working on our mechanics in every thing we write. We need to make sure that we do not just go through the motions with writing, and write formally and correctly in everything we do.  I say that we all try and use what we have to the best of our ability, and make this technology savvy generation one that will be looked up to for many more generations to come.

Works Cited

Thompson, Clive. “Clive Thompson on the New Literacy.” Wired.com. Conde Nast Digital, 24 Aug. 2009. Web. 24 Feb. 2014.
Purcell, Kristen, Judy Buchanan, and Linda Friedrich. “The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing Is Taught in Schools.” Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project RSS. N.p., 16 July 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.
John, Arit. “The Internet Is Making Writing Worse – The Wire.” The Wire. N.p., 17 July 2013. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.
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