Here are some pieces about primary sources that are similar – in tone, or in analytical approach – to the website entries you’ll be writing for this class.
Note: Many of these are longer than the 750 words you’re required to produce. Also, few of them use footnotes, which you will be required to include.
In class on Monday we’ll talk in specific terms about these, identifying where they carry out the types of analyses I’m asking you to execute. (Remember, you can find that list of different analytical approaches on this site, on the page Some Ways of Looking at a Primary Source.) If you want to skim some of them before we meet, feel free; I’ll also be giving you some time to read printouts of them in groups and discuss.
- Brian Bellmont & Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, “Some Forgotten Treasures of Gen-X Childhood,” on Salon.com (click through the slideshow)
- Clarissa Ceglio, “Toy Soldiers Revisited,” on the blog War and the Visceral Imagination
- Adam Golub, “Our Obsession with Teens and Technology,” on the blog …and everyday life
- Marisa Meltzer, “I’m Too Sexy for my Onesie,” DoubleX.com
- Myself, “Faraway Fronts, Close to Home,” originally published in Paperweight, Fall 2011; download here in PDF form
- Also myself, “Young and Hot: Saci Lloyd’s The Carbon Diaries” , “Sweet Science Propaganda from They Might Be Giants,” from Songbirds and Satellites
- Paleofuture, “The Push-Button School of Tomorrow”
- Retrofuture, “Let Them Eat Fake”
- Jessica Roake, “Thomas the Imperial Tank Engine,” Slate.com