All readings will be available in this section, which will populate as the semester continues.

The first reading is the Introduction of the textbook, “They Say, I Say.” I will post a version of this on Blackboard.

Our three essays will be based on the main topics of the textbook readings:

  1. How Can We Bridge the Differences that Divide Us?
  2. Is College the Best Option?
  3. Are We In a Race Against the Machine?
  4. What’s Gender Got To Do With It?
  5. What’s There To Eat?

During the semester, we will choose which questions to focus on, depending on your main interests.

The following is content related to bridging differences:

The Other Side is Not Dumb by Sean Blanda

The following is content related to education:

Two Years Are Better Than Four by Liz Addison

The following is content related to whether or not we are in a race against the machine:

Google, Democracy and the Truth About the Internet Search by Carole Cadwalladr

Does Texting Affect Writing by Michaela Cullington p. 462

How I Learned to Love Snapchat by Jenna Wortham p. 474

Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith p. 500

Does a Protest’s Size Matter by Zeynep Tufekci

The following is content related to gender:

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest by Andrew Reiner p. 589

From He to She in First Grade by Laurie Frankel p. 583

What About Gender Roles in Same Sex Relationships by Stephen Mays p. 596

Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem by Kate Crawford p. 599

The following are food related readings:

Escape From the Western Diet by Michael Pollan p. 624 in textbook

Why Don’t Convenience Stores Sell Better Food by Olga Khazan p. 632 

Don’t Blame the Eater by David Zinczenko p. 647 

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food by Michael Moss p. 656

How Junk Food Can End Obesity by David H. Freedman p. 681 in textbook

The following is the BMCC MLA format syle guide:


The following is a list of useful templates from the book, They Say I Say by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein and Russell Durst:

They Say, I Say - Index of Templates