11/01/18 In class writing

After reading Shen Yao’s response about the video essay “Global Digital Divide”, I find out that we both like the autheniticity of this essay which using the author’s own life experience as example to show the poor educational condition back in the 19s in China. Besides that, we both like the way that this video essay present itself to the audience by using images, picture slides, and short video. All these features make the essay looks pretty reliable, and narrating the author’s own experience makes the audiences feel like reading a true story that was happening in a small village of China years ago. However, something that I don’t really like about this essay is, it uses too much words in the last part, which can’t really give the audiences a clear picture to see what’s happening. In another word, they can’t visualize the content since there is not any picture or video in the last part of this essay.

18/10/30 In class writing

After reading the response from Shen Yao, I find out something in common compared to my response. First of all, we both agree with the argument that taking a variety of courses in college is “about learning to be a well-rounded student ready for anything in the workforce”. Both of us think that important fundamental knowledge like Math and writing skill are necessary for every student since we all need to use them every day in our life, especially in workplace. Shen Yao believe that the reason for half of students saying their higher education weren’t worth the cost is the debt issue, since most of them concern their future salary are not equal to the high tuition they paid for studying. However, I think the biggest reason why they didn’t think the higher education worth the cost is they had not taken part in experiences like an internship relevant to their studies or a long-term project. Once they have a chance to work at the real workplace I believe they will know that what they learn isn’t wasted, and those knowledge are pretty valuable not only in the workplace but also in other aspect of lives.

18/10/25 In class writing-outline of essay 3

Group member: Yifu Wu, Hao Wang, Parker

Major we choose: Computer Science

Intro of our video essay: List some possible job option (engineer, programer, game design, AI) -Yifu

How computer science work in USF -Hao

textbook (Python) -Yifu

Interview (with a CS department Professor) -Parker

Benefit of being a computer scientist – Hao

future develpement of CS, how amazing of being a computer scientist -Parker

different lifestyle of being a computer scientist (video online) -Yifu


18/10/25 In class writing-analyze of example video essay

video essay topic: DC films’ character problem


This video essay list many examples of the DC superhero characters, and illustrate their problems by comparing to the characters of Marvel Superhero Universe. It emphasize that even thought the DC superhero movies make lots money, these movies have relatively negative comment compare to the Marvel because they didn’t define these DC films’ character into a deeper way.


  1. This video essay edit and use many relative senses or video clips from the movies which closely connected to the narrate.
  2. It has a clear structure by comparing to the character from Marvel films’ character, and the whole video including the titles, quotes, images, or senses from other movies are totally supported to the theme.
  3. The tone that the author use to narrate sounds very comfortable and efficient without say a useless word. The video is pretty compact and the audiences are draw into it without feeling boring even the video is almost 12 minute long.


2018/10/23 In class writing-bullet point of response

Candice’s video : Lots of close-up shot, voiceover narration, not enough writing (highlights the specific limitations of the prevailing model for digital video)

Katie: prevalence of text slides, text appear about 40 seconds of a 2:29 video, still and moving images are also rife with text, not

visual enough

Conclusion: Not rely on a model that privileges alphabetic text and the use of still images, since a linear stage-model is insufficient to account for the multiple relationship between and among word/image/sound that they wrestled with

10/02/18 In class writing-Summary

In the essay “Dream Deferred” by Amber Floyd, the author illustrates the favor and against viewpoints of whether passing the Dream Act or not. She concludes the against viewpoints into 3 different elements and the first one is that the act promotes unjust ideals since it promotes the rights of children over their parents which discourages the stability and unity of families, and it impacts the family interdependence negatively (Floyd, p.184). The second element is the act damages the benefit of American legal citizens, since government needs to spend tens of millions of taxpayer’s dollars annually to pay for tuition for illegal immigrants when so many law-abiding families are struggling to meet the ever-increasing costs of higher education for their own children (Floyd, p.184). The last element is the Dream Act will give difficulties to the colleges and universities to address the standard issues in educating low-income populations, and if the act is passed, institutions would then be forced to adjust in a way that benefits the students and provides them with the best way to learn regardless of their socio-economic background (Floyd, p.184). After presenting all these opposite viewpoints, the author states that most of these illegal immigrant students spent most of their times in the United States and consider themselves as Americans since they came here in a very young age. Therefore, it is unfair for them to not go to the college just because they are not illegal citizens of America. The favor viewpoint is college eligibility should be determined based upon ability and willingness to work hard, and the issue of citizenship should not be taken into account when it comes to the right to an education (Floyd, p.184). In the end the author’s opinion is supporting the Dream Act since the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and in receiving an education, the Dreamers are among America’s next generation of leaders, educating them will only help to ensure the future quality of this great nation (Floyd, p.184).

09/27/18 In class writing- plagiarism activity by Leo, Shenyao, Yifu

#1 is not plagiarism because this is more like a citation from the original author’s word.

#2 is plagiarism because it uses too much original word from the source.

#3 is not plagiarism because he cites the source correctly.

#4 is not plagiarism because the author paraphrases the idea in his own word.

#5 is not plagiarism but he changes the original idea of the source and adds his own idea into it.


09/27/18 In class writing: American idioms

Smell a Rat: This is very useful when we are describing something that goes wrong but don’t know why.

Go to the Dogs: This is very useful when we are describing someone or something is going down and need to snap out of it.

Fishy: It is very useful to describe something is strange happening.

Take the Bull by the Horns: We can use it when someone decides to do something to correct something else.

Let the cat out of the Bag: Let someone else knows what is going on before the things actually happen.

Sep.25th(group activity)- Plagiarism by Yifu Wu, Kexin,Faye

A:#1 is not plagiarism because this is more like a common knowledge since most people know Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States.

#2 is plagiarism since whenever we use original quote from outside resources, we need to cite them.

#3 is not plagiarism because he gets the permit from pervious professor and the material in his pervious paper is also his own resources.
#4 is plagiarism because whatever we use in our paper that is not our own idea, we need to point out the where the resources come from by using parentheses.
#5 is not plagiarism because the author paraphrase everything from the original source and she doesn’t copy anything verbatim.
B:#1 requires citation of the source because as long as we use the original quote from the sources, we need to cite them.
#2 requires citation because this is not a common knowledge since only a few people can know the date of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight at Kitty Hawk.
#3 doesn’t require citation because it already states that the information is obviously common knowledge.
#4 doesn’t require citation because it doesn’t count as an outside resource since he knows it from his mother.
#5 doesn’t require citation because the author skims the whole and conclude the theme of the book by himself.
#6 requires citation because we need to cite whatever that is not our own ideas even though they are pretty close to our thoughts.

09/20/18 In class writing- library research practice

Culture, language, and identity are always closely connecting to each other. Just like what Alshammari, Sultan indicates in the article “The Relationship Between Language, Identity and CulturalDifferences: A Critical Review”, language is the carrier that reflects people’s identities to others and it is the tool to express their culture. Identity is “people’s concepts of who they are, of what sort of people they are, and how they relate to others” (cited in Hogg & Abrams, 1988, p. 2). Culture can’t exist by itself because it is constituted by people from different nations around the world. It is spreading by the language interaction of different community members. People share the knowledge of their own culture to others in order to help and learn by using language. This is why language mostly represent the culture of certain nation in a great part. Alshammari points out that, “language is a link that is used to ‘make sense’ of things, and meaning can be exchanged and produce.” It is the tool that shows a person’s identity and culture background. Correspondingly, language is also a very significant part of culture or identity.


Hogg, Michael and Dominic Abrams. (1988). Social Identifications: A Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations and Group Processes. London: Routledge.