Arguably, a controversial visual representation of one side of the gun control debate. (Free, open-source image from Flickr.com.)
For Thursday’s class, we’ll be in our regularly-scheduled classroom, MWL 3118, where we’ll spend most of the hour mediating the oh so very controversial topic of gun control. There’s no easy resolution to this debate, and that’s the point. Find good solid evidence for each side of the issue (2 to oppose restrictions on guns, 2 supporting heavier restrictions), and you’ll want them to be good since we’ll decide that day who mediates which side.
As you think through this issue, consider how it might unfold in writing. How does one acknowledge weaknesses in one’s argumentation thoughtfully while still maintaining a strong rhetorical presence? What qualifiers might you use? How will it shape your organization? How will you ensure that you’re providing a fair, balanced perspective while arguing in support of the resolution you propose?
Hopefully, the video reading assigned for March 14th has prepped you for this a little. If you’re still clueless as to what mediation is and how to use it effectively, don’t fret. We’ve got three and a half weeks and one big debate to figure that out. What will also help is if you do the reading. Ch. 11 in Aims of Argument works through the nuances of mediated writing and gives some good examples of how to process it. I can’t make you do the reading, but those of you who do will benefit.
See you Thursday.