Composition Reading Bank: Limited Access

An Open Educational Resource for Composition Courses

What does “Limited Access” mean? This tab contains links to texts from websites that implement monthly article viewing limits. Because the viewing limits may make it difficult for instructors and students to reliably be able to use these texts over time, we did not include them in the main tabs of the Composition Reading Bank. The initial link provided connects users to the original publication site.  However, we recommend that Columbus State instructors and students use the internal library database link that has been provided at the end of the entry. When accessed through the databases, there is no viewing limit on the articles. The thematic tab the article would normally be listed in is also included after the title of the text. We encourage users outside of Columbus State to look for links to these articles in their own institution’s library databases as well; to that end, we provided information at the end of the ntry about the database we used to find the articles. 

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Special Note about Nexis Uni texts    +

Nexis Uni articles appear to have been copied and pasted from their original source with the result that a lot of formatting changed or was missing. The punctuation and formatting of most the articles seems to have been mostly manually fixed (small issues exist, such as hyphens being used for dashes, and missing italics for publications, etc.). However, some of the articles did not receive these edits, and so have significant spacing as well as punctuation issues (especially missing quotation marks, dashes, apostrophes, italics, and added strange letters sometimes to replace these). Occasionally other odd formatting will be present, such as the addition of words not in the original, as in the first sentence of Bowden’s article “Dumb Kids’ Class.” Teachers should decide how to approach this issue and convey that decision to their students: whether to have students quote from the Nexis Uni articles, mistakes and all, for example, or whether to have them try to use the original versions to get the punctuation and spacing correct (though at a certain point, they will be locked out and will not be able to do this anymore). Nexis Uni has been made aware of the issue.

Alfasi, Kawther. "The Loneliness of Early Parenthood" (Identity)  infoAs a mother to a young child, Alfasi explores the social isolation and loneliness new parents often face. Alfasi considers research suggesting that new parents often experience "estrangement" upon having children, specifically in relation to their friends and social circles and discusses several causes and impacts. Alfasi claims that while this estrangement may be unavoidable, if new parents and their friends are willing to adapt, accommodate, and negotiate, the loneliness of early parenthood can be temporary and transient. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Beck, Julie. "Facebook: Where Friendships Go to Never Quite Die" (Media & Technology)  infoBeck's work explores the "vestigial" friendships that happen on Facebook: those that are remnants of the past that the site keeps alive. They are weak social connections that would have otherwise simply faded out of users' lives. (Second- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Beck, Julie. "How Friendships Change in Adulthood" (Identity)  infoBeck analyzes the role of friendships in happiness and traces the development of friendships through adult life. (First-, Second-, and Third Person Perspective; Expository) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Beck, Julie. "It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Friends Are?" (Media & Technology)  infoBeck explores the different facets of constant location sharing through various apps and "geosocial" services. Beck discusses different perspectives on how sharing locations impacts relationships, including topics such as safety, connection, bonding, intimacy, dishonesty, abuse, loss of privacy, and surveillance. Beck suggests we need to think critically about location sharing as a means of interconnectedness that should be based on mutual trust. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Bogost, Ian. "Stop Trusting Viral Videos" (Media & Technology)  infoWriting right after the Covington Catholic viral video(s) and corresponding controversy, Bogost explores how the videos were shot and suggests that having more context actually doesn't help us understand what really happened. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Bowden, Mark. "Dumb Kids' Class" (Education)  infoNote to users: See the info at the top of this page about some problematic formatting and punctuation in this article that differs from the original source. Bowden reflects on growing up in Catholic schools, using humor to reflect on lessons learned from being in what he as a young child referred to as the “smart kids’ class” and the “dumb kids’ class." (First-, Second-, and Third-Person Perspective; Narrative) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Bowden, Mark. "'Idiot,' 'Yahoo,' 'Original Gorilla': How Lincoln Was Dissed in His Day" (Language)  infoNote to users: See the info at the top of this page about some problematic formatting and punctuation in this article that differs from the original source. Bowden explores the language used to disparage Lincoln on the campaign trail contrasted with Lincoln's later reputation as a revered president known for his eloquence. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Carr, Nicholas. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" (Media & Technology)  infoNote to users: See the info at the top of this page about some problematic formatting and punctuation in this article that differs from the original source. Carr explores the role that technology plays in the way we produce and consume information. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "The Paranoid Style of American Policing" (Society & Culture)  infoCoates discusses the police shooting of Quintonio LeGrier. In particular, he discusses how this shooting demonstrates a paranoid approach to policing that normalizes the unnecessary use of lethal force. After debunking some of the more absurd arguments aimed at justifying police violence, he explains how this violence delegitimizes the authority of the police. (First-, Second-, and Third-Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Fattal, Isabel. "Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?" (Language)  infoNote to users: The first sentence of the Nexis Uni version is an overall summary statement that should be in italics and set off from the rest of the text. Fattal observes that in many animated films and cartoons, the villains are given foreign accents. This can create problematic associations between an accent or dialect and delinquent behavior. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Friedersdorf, Conor. "Social-Media Outrage Is Collapsing Our Worlds" (Media & Technology)  infoFriedersdorf discusses how modern society affords people a kind of identity fluidity previously unattainable to smaller communities. He explains how social media has introduced new modes of public shaming and social control that pose a serious threat to the ability to change one’s identity in different settings. He asks what would society look like if we treated identity fluidity as a core value to modern society. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Exploratory) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Fuerst, Saskia. "The Sexy Aging Black Woman in US Advertisements: From Aunt Jemima to the Pro-Age Campaigns" (Media & Technology)  infoFuerst analyzes the depiction of older women in advertisements over time and its significance, especially with regard to African American women. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive; Academic journal article) Link for CSCC users (to SpringerLink database)

Gopnik, Adam. "The Information (How the Internet Gets Inside Us)" (Media & Technology)  infoGopnik discusses society and the Internet by categorizing intellectuals on the subject as the "Never-Betters" (those who believe technology has nearly elevated us to a utopia), the "Better-Nevers" (those who believe technology is ruining the human experience and leading us to disaster) and the "Ever-Wasers" (who believe that this polarity of reactions simply amounts to the modern human experience and that, historically, all new innovations are met with fear and excitement). Gopnik takes an admiringly fair approach and explains leading thinkers in each category and what it means to be a human in the information age. (Second- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Literary Reference Center database)

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (Society & Culture)  infoIn this 1963 letter, King responds to "The Letter to Martin Luther King," written by a group of eight Birmingham clergymen. (First-, Second-, and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive; Letter) Link for CSCC users (to Academic Search Complete database)

Lileks, James. "Foodie Feud" (Food & Health)   infoInspired by a Facebook post, Lileks uses food as a means to complicate the idea of what is American and what constitutes appropriation. (Second- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Points of View Reference Center database)

Miller, Shauna. "The Radical Queerness of Kate McKinnon's Justin Bieber" (Identity)  infoMiller's discusses the open queerness, and rarity, of Kate McKinnon's Saturday Night Live Justin Bieber drag king impersonation and compares it to the more numerous drag queen portrayals in media, from Tootsie to Transparent. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository)  Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Partanen, Anu. "What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success" (Education)  infoNote to users: The first sentence of the Nexis Uni version is an overall summary statement that should be in italics and set off from the rest of the text. Partanen discusses what Finland’s education system has done throughout the years to achieve the ranking of one of the best education systems in the world; she notes that equality is a key component to a student’s successful education. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Planos, Josh. "The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia" (Food & Health)   infoPlanos discusses a village-style nursing home that attempts to develop a community-based environment to allow dementia patients a level of autonomy not seen in traditional nursing homes. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Narrative; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Rich, Sara. "Today’s Masculinity is Stifling" (Identity)  infoRich argues that as more and more efforts are made to broaden girls' access to things traditionally thought of as male, efforts are also needed to expand options for boys—including the way they dress, behave, interact with others, and so on. (First- and Third- Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Ross, Theodore. "Cracking the Cartel: Don’t Pay NCAA Football and Basketball Players" (Society & Culture)  infoRoss joins the debate of whether or not college athletes should be paid and complicates the notion that it is easily resolved with money. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Academic Search Complete/Premier database)

Thompson, Derek. "The Deeper Scandal of That Brutal United Video" (Politics)  infoThompson explains how a lack of oversight and favorable Supreme Court rulings have allowed airlines to break promises to customers without legally breaking their contracts, a situation that, while rare, can lead to harsh treatment of passengers. The author uses credible media and government sources to make his case. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Thompson, Derek. "What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?" (Society & Culture)  infoThompson argues that retail spending actually is on the rise even as brick-and-mortar stores shutter across the country because consumers' dollars are shifting to online purchases. The author uses credible media and government sources to make his case. (Third-Person Perspective; Expository; Persuasive) Link for CSCC users (to Nexis Uni database)

Wieseltier, Leon. "Ring the Bells" (Society & Culture)  infoThis article from The New Republic in 2008 is a meditation on vocal aspects of religious or other cultural celebrations, such as the playing of church bells or the Muslim call to prayer, and their relationship to those who are and aren't a part of that religion. (First- and Third-Person Perspective; Narrative; Expository) Link for CSCC users (to Business Source Complete/Premier database)

 

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