“Rhetorical Numbers” is a lengthy essay full of many details, but how does it hold up as a source for assignments?

Before a source can be considered viable and sound the researcher looking into the given topic must understand it. “Rhetorical Numbers” is a primary source as Joanna Wolfe wrote this piece in relation to her views on the topic. While primary sources can seem unreliable due to the possibility of the information being presented impartially not all primary sources should be discounted. For example, Wolfe’s essay provides many good examples of both the current state of education and how it would improve should we change our education style to more of a quantitative focus. Wolfe makes good use of quotes and statistics as well to help provide relevance and credibility for her beliefs and statements. I ultimately believe this source is trustworthy although individuals may discredit or prefer primary sources so bear that in mind.



Review from February:

Email to best friend (18 yrs old)
Topics: Deals with Chernobyl and extreme tourism, write them and tell them whether they should go to Chernobyl.
Email: Most agreed it was dangerous,
You cited sources to backup what you were saying. You were trying to find people who agreed with you. This is the method of grade school/high school.
Example from your major where you had to read from the databases on the AUM site: you were asked to disagree with an expert.
<insert your example>
We’ve had two examples-one where we agreed(Chernobyl) and one where we disagreed (about major)
Starting to practice what is called BINARY THINKING(remember exercise from class). We can’t believe that there are only 2 options. There’s more.
From Caleb’s book-
“Refusing to spend time in nature is cowardly because it is a significant part of our environment. We can’t ignore it.”
Although I believe that the word cowardly is a bit strong/unfair I do agree that Americans should spend time outdoors. (Making room for ambivalent thinking)
Research is a conversation between different perspectives. Rarely are those perspectives binary.
Why did I quote Caleb Jones word for word ? Why not summarize the source ?

Blog 5

Collin Stevens




Topic Proposal

In the first month of our class, we have discussed many aspects of apocalyptic works from the nature of the apocalyptic world and the people who inhabit these seemingly broken worlds. An important part about our upcoming final paper will be the need to not only present a threat but also a solution. Seeing as we must provide a threat and the solution I believe that there must be a balance between believable scenarios and a seriously threatening force or event. For my personal apocalyptic scenario, I would focus on the widespread failure of technology like the effect caused by an electromagnetic pulse.

In the event of an electromagnetic pulse, practically all technology will cease to work. This will cause a plethora of issues for both individuals and society on a much larger level. Due to the lack of informational technologies government and citizens would not be able to interact easily. This literal radio silence would likely cause citizens to have issues maintaining personal and societal order. There may be issues involving riots or other possible anarchic situations. Due to the possibility of dangerous activities or groups, the need for official aid and supervision will be far greater than during normal disasters.

The failure of technology would lead to certain widespread panic and a need for the average citizen to change their lifestyle and duties drastically. Depending on the time of year a citizen would have to find alternative ways to battle extreme temperatures and weather due to the absence of internal temperature control systems or emergency response units. Another new change would be the challenge of acquiring and maintaining food supplies. As electric cooking appliances would no longer work and refrigerators would no longer keep food fresh citizens would likely have to receive rations from a government office or acquire their nutrition through their own personal means. Due to this sudden scarcity of supplies, people may begin to change their view of their neighbors leading to paranoia or even violent struggles for what little remains. No one can be sure of how a disaster will change those around them no matter their prior relations.

In the event of this threat, individuals would need to be contacted directly by law enforcement or some other trustworthy and still capable government service. As there is a chance that vehicles themselves may be affected by whatever disabled general technologies most people would be limited to moving on foot or by more simplified modes of transportation. It would likely become a likely site to see law enforcement officials making the rounds on bicycles as they try to comfort and inform the populace.  As there would be no forms of nationwide communication the state government would likely institute some system where they take far more control of the state’s people until contact with higher-ups can be made again.

Now that the possible dangers and threats of a technological failure have been expressed and made clear I will discuss the ways in which it could be caused in a believable way. A traditional electromagnetic pulse which would likely be the most devastating and could be caused by several outside forces. There are possibilities of an outside power causing the pulse via a militarized gadget or weapon. Another possible cause for an electromagnetic pulse would be a nuclear detonation. Another possible cause for technological failures could be some kind of cyber attack although that would likely lead to a much lesser disaster.

My disaster proposal will focus on the event of a widespread technological outage caused by the likes of a electromagnetic pulse. To deal with this disaster I believe the local government should follow a simple 5 step plan.

  1. Acquire some form of transportation that still works (Bicycles or even animal-drawn vehicles)
  2. Inform the public to stay calm and how to deal with the given situation.
  3. Send a message via trusted civil servants or trusted couriers to inform the nearest unaffected city.
  4. Gain control of and begin rationing out necessities and other supplies.
  5. Continue patrols of Civil defense forces to prevent possible anarchic dangers.

If these 5 steps were to be followed then the damage caused by this hypothetical disaster would be kept to a relative minimum. Despite the simplicity of these tactics, however, the threats and fears associated with being cut off from the outside world suddenly would still be extremely prevalent. The plan itself will be further discussed in the final project but I feel that this is a solid framework for the disaster itself.

Due to the unknown nature of apocalyptic events or disasters research is a key part of any apocalyptic work. As we have discussed over the course of this first-month research needs to be conducted in the proper way otherwise it will be pointless research. Research is most effective when it is gathered from multiple respectable sources so that the writer has access to a wide selection of information. Information gathered should only be from respectable sources such as from government websites or official research journals.

This specific disaster does not directly pertain to my major in computer science but I am still excited to expand upon it due to the nature of a world without technology and how different that world can seem. Below this proposal paper, I will include images of the effects of a nuclear detonation and an example of a small scale electromagnetic disruptor.

Blog Post 2.5

I. Orientation
A. Overview of your project (syllabus p2)
B. Weapon exercise: group activity where you had to pick what weapon would be useful through the apocalypse.(too narrow)
C. Create a blog for short assignments
D. Describe a situation where you lost power, water, etc. (Blog 1)
II. Day Two
A. Interview 2 classmates about their experience. You just have to give credit to the right person and make sure they were a witness. We then used the data gathered for the purposes of a fake research paper.
HW: read “Campus Plumber”
A. NPR and “Fake News”
B. use of pills
C. about where our water comes from
D. “Campus Plumber”
IV. Day Four
A. Iceberg technique
B. CRAAP test can help determine the trustworthiness of a website.
C- Currency
R- Relevance
A- Authorship
P- Purpose
Blog 3:
Find three trustworthy sources that tell about what happened in Fukushima Japan. Use the “iceberg” technique.

start reading Mike Bunn’s article “How to Read Like a Writer.”

Blog 2 Zombie Origins

All of my information was found via googling keywords about zombies and different topics relating to them. I started by searching for the concept’s origin then searched for more specific evidence pertaining to their pop culture relevance. I searched for sites that had my desired information as well as maintaining an air of professionalism and trustworthiness.


Blog 1

Many years ago a seemingly normal afternoon turned into a disaster situation and despite our lack of preparation my family and I handled the situation well. My brother and I were playing in our room and despite the rain pelting the windows, we weren’t concerned by the weather at all. We only noticed the possible danger when the lights suddenly went dark and we heard our parents call us from the living room. Despite my brother and I being nervous and worried about all the things that scare young children when a storm comes our parents told us to stay calm and gave us chores to do. Our father tore the cardboard boxes and taped the pieces over the windows in the living room in case the glass shattered. Our mother told us to pour water into some canteens in the off chance that we lost flowing water. We listened to our battery powered radio and realized it was just a small tornado and that it wasn’t a serious threat for us. After the skies cleared we checked the street and noticed that the power line on our street had been knocked over and that we would have to wait a bit longer for us to get our power back.