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Leonicka Valcius: October 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Do the Ten Commandments still matter?

Today's lesson: Writing an opinion/comments article is not equivalent to writing whatever you want. It involved substantiating your arguments and at least in part engaging with the discourse that already surrounds the topic.

I don't think this article was entirely successful because it began as my using it as a platform and trying to be funny. As the editing process wore on the "funny" was stripped out of it and we're left with an article that, though satisfactory, does not address all facets of the issue.

But still it was a learning experience.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spite the Power

Hooray for more articles! This one was covering a talk by Reena Katz at the University of Toronto Art Centre. It was a learning experience for multiple reasons.

First, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a critical subject matter about which, I must admit, I was very ignorant. The talk got me thinking about the issue and willing to learn more about it. I am even considering reading Said's book in my spare time.

Second, the article was very difficult to write. I was out of my element. It wasn't a review so I couldn't simply give my opinion and the subject matter did not lend itself to witticisms. But with the help of the section editor, I think I wrote a decent piece.

As always the title links to the article.

Note 1: I didn't come up with the title. I only wish I were so clever!
Note 2: Someone commented on my article on the website! My article is spurring discussion! Woot!

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