I wanted the reader to recognize how good a writer I am, and not how good a writer someone else was.
I always knew that this was going to become a problem for me in college, but I didn’t know it was going to become as important as it did. My essay “Paradise” was a very good essay, but it hardly used any quotes and for that reason I did not receive the grade I was aiming for.
I was just beginning to learn how to incorporate another person’s quote into my essay.
This quote was one that I would have been completely against before because it is one of those I would have felt stole the reader from me.
One can see the truth in this statement considering all the ads, billboards, commercials and even internet Pop-Ups.
But the fact is that our space is almost always being taken over by the same images, and they are usually the wealthiest companies who can afford this space.I disagreed with the economist in a respectful way and carefully stated how I didn’t necessarily disagree, but mentioned factors that play a big part in proving what he said not so accurate. Showing that I have a fair minded ethos will actually allow the reader to realize that I am a fair minded writer, and that will actually gain me a type of respect from the reader that will allow him/her to feel that they aren’t reading a bias essay.I also learned how I can agree with my opinion without having to put someone else’s opinion down.I have realized that by disagreeing with someone else’s opinion you can actually make yourself a better writer, and the readers will notice it.I realized that when I use quotes, I am not lending the paper to another author, I am just showing another persons perspective and what I think about it.Half of it had to do with selfishness and the other half in laziness.When I say selfish I mean that I wanted the reader all to myself.While working on “Gangsters and Thugs” I started to begin to explore with the citing technique and I actually found out that I could be very useful.Citing sources has become such an important factor in all of my essays after the Mid-Term portfolio that I can even remember how was it possible that I wrote a whole paper without challenging or agreeing with someone else’s idea.I would always hate using quotes because I thought that it was my paper, and my paper should have only one author.This was my constant attitude towards citing sources.