Everything's an Argument with Readings

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Edition: 5th
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-01-22
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's
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This best-selling combination rhetoric and thematically organized reader shows students how to analyze all kinds of arguments not just essays and editorials, but clothes, cars, ads, and Web site designs and then how to use what they learn to write their own effective arguments. With engaging, informal, and jargon-free instruction that emphasizes cultural currency, humor, and visual argument,Everything's an Argumentis student-centered and immediately accessible. Students like this book because it helps them understand how a world of argument already surrounds them; instructors like it because it helps students construct their own arguments about that world. Also available in a brief version without the reader.

Author Biography

ANDREA A. LUNSFORD is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, she is also the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, Sixth Edition, The Everyday Writer, Fourth Edition, and EasyWriter, Fourth Edition, and co-author, with John J. Ruszkiewicz, of The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and Everything's an Argument, Fifth Edition.

JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught literature, rhetoric, and writing for more than thirty years. A winner of the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, he was instrumental in creating the Department of Rhetoric and Writing in 1993 and directed the unit from 2001-05. He has also served as president of the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) of Texas. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is also the author of How to Write Anything and co-author, with Andrea A. Lunsford, of The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and Everything's an Argument, Fifth Edition.

KEITH WALTERS is professor of applied linguistics at Portland State University. Much of his research focuses on language and identity in North Africa, especially Tunisia, and the United States. He has also taught freshman composition and English as a second/foreign language.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Reading Arguments  

1. Everything Is an Argument  

2. Arguments Based on Emotion — Pathos  

3. Arguments Based on Character — Ethos  

4. Arguments Based on Facts and Reason — Logos  

5. Thinking Rhetorically  


Part 2: Writing Arguments 

6. Academic Arguments

7. Structuring Arguments 

8. Arguments of Fact 

9. Arguments of Definition 

10. Evaluations 

11. Causal Arguments  

12. Proposals  

Part 3: Style and Presentation in Arguments  

13. Style in Arguments 

14. Visual Arguments  

15. Presenting Arguments 

Part 4: Conventions of Argument  

16. What Counts as Evidence  

17. Fallacies of Argument 

18. Intellectual Property, Academic Integrity, and Avoiding Plagiarism 

19. Evaluating and Using Sources 

20. Documenting Sources 

Part 5: Arguments

21. How Does Popular Culture Stereotype You?

*Sam Dillon, Evictions at Sorority Raise Issue of Bias [newspaper article]

Ellen Goodman, The Culture of Thin Bites Fiji [newspaper column]

Anne E. Becker, Abstract, Discussion, and Conclusions of Television,

Disordered Eating, and Young Women in Fiji: Negotiation Body Image and Identity During Rapid Social Change [excerpt from journal article]

*Making a Visual Argument: KennethCole.com, We All Walk in Different Shoes [advertisements]

Barbara Munson, Common Themes and Questions about the Use of "Indian" Logos [online text]

*Joe LaPointe, Bonding Over a Mascot [newspaper article]

*Stuart Elliott, Uncle Ben, Board Chairman [newspaper article]

*Charles A. Riley, II, Preface and Appendix, Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change [book excerpt]


*22. How Many Friends Have You Made Today?

*danah m. boyd and Nicole B. Ellison, Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship [excerpt from journal article]

*Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, A Friend of a Friend of a Friend Knows You’re on Vacation [blog posting and transcript of YouTube video]

*Heather Havenstein, One in Five Employers Uses Social Networks in Hiring Process [magazine article]

*Tamar Lewin, Study Finds Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing [newspaper article and comments on it]

*Mizuko Ito et al., Executive Summary: Living and Learning with New Media [excerpt from summary report on research project]

*Mizuko Ito et al., Geeking Out [excerpt from summary report on research project]

*Neal Conan, Kim Zeiter, Andy Carvin, and callers, Is Creating a Fake Online Profile a Criminal Act? [transcript of radio program]

*Charles M. Blow, A Profile of Online Profiles [blog entry]


23. What’s It Like to Be Bilingual in the United States?

*Rochelle Sharpe, English Loses Ground [newspaper article]

*Hyon B. Shin with Rosalind Bruno, Language Use and English-Speaking Ability: 2000 [United States census report]

Myriam Marquez, Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public [newspaper editorial]

Sandra Cisneros, From Bien Pretty [short story excerpt]

Marjorie Agosín, Always Living in Spanish and English [essay + poem]

Firoozeh Dumas, The F-Word [book excerpt]

Lan Cao, The Gift of Language [book excerpt]

*Amy Tan, Mother Tongue [essay]

*Amy Martinez Starke, Hmong Elder Didn’t Forget the Old Ways [obituary]

*Making a Visual Argument: Public Service Announcements in Spanish [posters]

National Institutes of Mental Health, En la comunidad latina tenemos una cultura de silencio

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, No eres un superheroe


*24. Why Worry about Food and Water?

*Mark Bittman, Why Take Food Seriously? [magazine article]

*Wynne Wright and Gerad Middendorf, Introduction: Fighting Over Food: Change in the Agrifood System [book excerpt]

*Solomon H. Katz, The World Food Crisis: An Overview of the Causes and Consequences and Anthropology News, Food Crisis Information & Resources [newsletter article + sidebar]

*Kathy Freston, Vegetarian is the New Prius [online article]

*Making a Visual Argument Claire Ironside, Apples to Oranges [visual essay]

*Wikipedia, Local Food [wiki encyclopedia entry]

*Mark Coleman, Review of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It [book review]

*Elizabeth Royte, Excerpt from Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It [book excerpt]

*Cook’s Country Magazine, Ready-to-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, Overview and Results and Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, Solving the Mystery of the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie [magazine articles]


25. What Role Should Religion Play in Public Life?

*Pew Global Attitudes Project, When It Comes to Religion, the U.S. Is an Outlier [report]

Laurie Goodstein, More Religion, but Not the Old-Time Kind [newspaper article]

*D. Michael Lindsay, Evangelicalism Rebounds in Academe [magazine article]
Michelle Bryant, Selling Safe Sex in Public Schools [essay]
*Melanie Springer Mock, The Misguided War on Christmas [editorial]
Antonin Scalia, God’s Justice and Ours [essay]
Mariam Rahmani, Wearing a Head Scarf Is My Choice as a Muslim: Please Respect It [essay]

Making a Visual Argument: A Public Service Campaign for Religious Freedom and Tolerance [advertisement]

Randy Cohen, Between the Sexes [newspaper article + responses]
*Albert Einstein, An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man [essay]

*Eboo Patel, We Are Each Others’ Business [essay]

*Penn Jillette, There Is No God [essay]


26. What Should "Diversity on Campus" Mean?

Making a Visual Argument: Student-Made Diversity Posters [posters]
        James Sanders, A Universe Within
       *Hannah Leimback, Identities Are Infinite . . . What’s Yours?
        Heidi Small, Lives Woven Together
        Alyson Jones, What’s Your View?
        Megan Stampfli, Embrace Diversity
        Carolyn Woito, Breaking Boxes, Building Bridges
Sarah Karnasiewicz, The Campus Crusade for Guys [web text]
Making a Visual Argument: Cartoonists Take On Affirmative Action

        Mike Lester, It’s GOT to Be the Shoes
        Dennis Draughon, Supreme Irony
        Mike Thompson, Daniel Lives on Detroit’s Eastside…
        Signe Wilkinson, Admissions
        Dean Camp, Pricey
David Horowitz, In Defense of Intellectual Diversity [essay]
Stanley Fish, "Intellectual Diversity": The Trojan Horse of a Dark Design [essay]
*Patricia Cohen, Professors’ Liberalism Contagious? Maybe Not [newspaper article]
*Mack D. Mariani and Gordon J. Hewitt, Indoctrination U? Faculty Ideology and Changes in Student Political Orientation [journal article excerpt]
*Libby Sanders, Blue-Collar Boomers Take Work Ethic to College [magazine article]
*Edward F. Palm, The Veterans Are Coming! The Veterans Are Coming! [Web text]
*Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality [book excerpt]


*27. What Are You Working For?

*Dave Isay, Dr. Monica Mayer, 45, Interviewed by Her Cousin and Patient, Spencer Wilkinson, Jr., 39 and Ken Kobus, 58, Tells His Friend Ron Barafe, 42, about Making Steel [personal interviews]

*Lisa W. Foderaro, The Well-to-Do Get Less So, and Teenagers Feel the Crunch [newspaper article]

*Charles Murray, Should the Obama Generation Drop Out? and Readers of the New York Times, Should a College Degree Be Essential? [op-ed essay + letters to the editor]

*Sandy Baum and Jennifer Ma for the College Board, Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society [research report excerpt]

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Education Pays, and Laurence Shatkin, Education Pays, But Perhaps Less Than You Thought [graph and blog posting]

*Alesia Montgomery, Kitchen Conferences and Garage Cubicles: The Home and Work in a 24-7 Global Economy [ethnographic study excerpt]

*Stewart Friedman, The Fallacy of "Work-Life Balance" and Take the Four-Way View [video transcript and book chapter]


28. Why Do They Love Us? Why Do They Hate Us?

*Pew Research Center, Global Public Opinion in the Bush Years (2001-2008) [research report excerpt]

*Moisés Naím, Why the World Loves to Hate America [newspaper article]

Richard Bernstein, The Days After: The View From Abroad [newspaper article]

*Michael Slackman, 9/11 Rumors That Harden Into Conventional Wisdom [newspaper article]

*Jacob G. Hornberger, Did the Shoe Thrower Hate America for Its Freedom and Values? [blog posting]

Making a Visual Argument: How Others See Us [paintings]

*Fareed Zakaria, The Rise of the Rest [book excerpt]

*Joseph S. Nye, Jr., The Benefits of Soft Power [journal article]

Making a Visual Argument: Exporting America [photographs]

Yiyun Li, Passing Through [essay]

*Barack Obama, Election Night Speech, Grant Park, Chicago [speech]


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