- pages 106 to 133 in Program or Be Programmed. The chapters are called “Fact: Tell the Truth” and “Openness: Share, Don’t Steal.”
- pages 32 to 80 in Reality Hunger. The chapter titles are “d: trials by google,” “e: reality,” “f: memory,” and “g:blur.”
- The attached first chapter of John D’Agata’s Lifespan of a Fact.
- Janet Cooke’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story, “Jimmy’s World” at the Washington Post Archives.
- This Brief Washington Post blog from two years that gives a little background on Janet Cooke and also gives an update on her life since the article was published and the lie was discovered.
* You will be required to post at least two thoughtful, well-constructed comments or responses in order to earn the full point value each week. Discussion posts must be copy-edited and proofread. Typos happen to everyone but a careful re-reading will allow you to rid your writing of most of them.
After reading this week’s texts, explain:
- what do you find most interesting about “Jimmy’s World,” by Janet Cooke?
- what do you find most interesting about John D’Agata’s first chapter in Lifespan of a Fact?
- as a reader, what do you find most problematic about each of these pieces of writing?
Your comments should be mostly about the ethics behind the works’ creation and the overall effect of the works on you. Please feel free to also comment on things like believable details, character development, the quality of the prose, etc.
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