Annoying Ways People Use Sources Reflection

The essay we read this week is called, “Annoying Ways People Use Technology” by Kyle D. Stedman. This essay reminds of the reading we did last week called, “Reading Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn. They are both informative essays, and I feel like they both aim for s younger audience. Of course, it is not a bad thing. If anything it could refresh the memories of an older writer or keep them up to date. As well know the world is always changing and updating. In this weeks essay, I feel like Kyle did a great job organizing and simplifying the concept and idea he is trying to give in his article. I like the analogies he uses, due to them being compared to something we are all familiar with. As I go along reading through the material, I notice I start thinking about my writing, and the way I use citations. There was a section in Kyles essay where he compares using quotes in the beginning and end of a paragraph to dating Spiderman, “You’re walking along with him and he says something remarkably interesting-but then he tilts his head, and hearing something far away, and suddenly shoots a web onto the nearest building and zooms away through the air. As if you had read an interesting quotation dangling at the end of a paragraph, you wanted to hear more of his opinion, but it’s too late-he already moved on. Later he suddenly jumps off a balcony and is by your side again, and starts talking about something you don’t understand. You’re confused because he just dropped in and expected you to understand the context of what was on his mind at that moment, much like when readers step into a paragraph that begins with a quotation” (Stedman 246.) I very much so did that with my writing. Except I didn’t start with quotes, I ended with them. I was aware of my mistake before reading this essay, but I was explained succinctly, why not to do it. The Spiderman analogy was a lot more helpful. If you don’t state your opinion about the quote or continue the thought process, it makes an essay or any time of writing hard to follow. I noticed in the last piece I wrote for a different occasion; I had an interesting context, but I kept jumping from one topic to another. Like Spiderman shoots his web and comes back later with a different thought. So, for me, it doesn’t just happen with quotes, but it happens with my thoughts. I need to put more of a focused approach in my writing. One last thing part I would like to talk about is the ending of Kyle’s essay. He ends the article with, “Now if I could only convince the guy driving in front of me to use his blinker. . . .” (Stedman 255) With that statement, I feel like he should make a sequel about how to smoothly transition from one topic to another, in some way or form using the analogy with drivers and their turn signals. Maybe, this is just me inspired by his work and feeling like this author can help with that part of my writing with his great analogies, who knows!

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