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  1. Paper 2: Arguing to Convince Due 3/2/15




In 4-6 pages, address the following (found on p. 551 in your text): Crusius, Timothy and Carolyn Channell, eds. The Aims of argument: A Text and Reader. 7th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-07-734379-8




Look into the gradual increase in informality in our culture, such as the use of first names even among strangers and the disappearance of coats and ties as regular business attire. If manners are simply what a culture agrees to tolerate, is there any argument to be made against agreeing to live in an informal atmosphere? Make an argument to convince readers that this informality is a positive move toward a more open and natural society OR a negative move toward a decline in civility. 


For this paper you will need to include two outside, scholarly sources in addition to Janet Kinosian (“Ours is a Rude Age, but Have a Nice Day,” pp. 549-551). 





Two outside, credible and scholarly (i.e. peer-reviewed articles in academic journals or academic books; avoid newspapers and newsmagazines such as Newsweek or Time) sources are required. Use MLA style for your citation. Your paper should be double-spaced, with 1” margins all around. Please number your pages.




Points will be deducted if you submit less than 4-6 full pages (i.e. all the way to the bottom of the page), if you do not write an inquiry paper, or if your secondary sources are questionable. For this class, Wikipedia,, and the like are not acceptable sources. I do not accept newspapers, blogs, or news magazines (such as TIME)  as scholarly sources. Online dictionaries are fine, but they will not count toward your total number of required sources. Look for scholarly sources written by experts and/or peer reviewed articles.


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