People sometimes act like the fact that I don’t teach during the summer is due to some amazing con job on my part. Or they think that the fact that I only have to go into campus a few days a week means that I only work a few days a week. I probably work 50 to 60 hours a week during the semester, and while some of my work is highly enjoyable, a lot of it majorly, majorly sucks.
An example of that is grading. Reading good work by good students can be pleasant if not painless, but reading--and being obligated to comment on--bad work by bad students is an excruciating form of torture. As evidence, I offer you a couple of excerpts from what just might be the worst paper I ever received--I saved a copy because I knew, from the very first sentence, that this paper was special. It was written several years ago by a junior majoring in communications and minoring in English, which she insisted meant her work couldn’t possibly be unsatisfactory since OF COURSE anyone who majors in communications and minors in English MUST know how to write. I leave it to you to decide whether or not the prose below--which I transcribe just as I received it (I must note that my spell checker questions nothing but the last name of the author of the essay the student chose to critique)--is the work of someone competent at stringing together intelligible sentences.
Critique of “Thank God for the Atom Bomb” by Paul Fussell
Paul Fussell’s “Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” is a bold and daring piece that intrigues readers to listen to the voice of the storyteller while reading. The voice in the story is conversational, and this conversationalist in the story sparks the attention span of the reader. The technique holds the reader on edge while whisking through the piece. This not only makes the story enjoyable for the reader but sets an atmosphere and makes the author more creditable....
He does a great job changing people’s attitudes, feelings, beliefs and actions about the Adam Bomb by presenting new information and reasons that the reader may have never known elsewhere. By stating how the Japanese felt.
He used different opinions to stir up different reactions in different sets of readers. Some one who opposes the use of the bomb may not agree with the fact that, “on the twelfth of August, eight captured American fliers were executed (heads chopped off); the fifty-first United States submarine, Bonefish, was sunk (all aboard drowned).” They would probably still look down upon the bombing while someone who does believe in the effectiveness may not believe in the effectiveness of the atom bomb by reading all of the tortures of war.
But this works because both the different types of readers can learn more information on the different views and may think differently about the bomb after being introduced to the different opinions.
The subject is already personal to the American public, since there are supporters of war, anti-supporters of war, those for guns and anti-gun, all around the world and especially on the home front.
His strong examples of different persuasion techniques work because it gives the readers different opinions to lead on....
Although this is a controversial subject to touch upon, the just of his material presented are true and or opinions of other people. His title was the first sign of persuasion, “Thank God for the Adam Bomb.” So anyone who first picks up the book can tell that the book is going to be about how to support war. Which is a way could be a downside if someone is against war they may not pick it up, but on the other hand they may just pick it up because they may wonder why someone would want to praise the atom bomb. Then once they start reading they will not be able to stop because by reading the different opinions they will anticipate what the conclusion of the book will outcome....
With more interesting facts on war being brought up everyday, the use of the atom bomb may come up one day or another means of a highly destructible force. Society seems to have become more sensitive to the subject of war methods. The way the world is going today, more facts on the use and the power ness and meaning of the use of the atom bomb just may be needed to be brought to attention. With more and more countries bringing out and developing huge masses of machines capable of destroying large areas and high amounts of people, America may be faced with challenge of using a highly destructible means of force in order to save fellow Americans against another country. Without the knowledge of what happens to a country after the use of the Atom bomb is dangerous. Not to know may hurt instead of help. This book is well documented by stating the pros and cons of the bomb although it stirred to one side at the end, the government could use this information and conduct research on their own to know when to use the destructible forces and when not to.