Midterm/Writing Assignment 3: Deception.
This is a two-part assignment in which you will both write an essay (2 ½-3 pp.) and create a 1-page poster representation of your essay that you will present to the class in a 3-5-minute presentation on Friday, Oct. 11.
In this unit we have read about and discussed a number of different types and interpretations of “deception” – and even differences in interpretation – what some consider to be “deception”, others may see as “art”, “journalism”, “truth”, “necessity”, etc. For this essay you will address some aspect of Deception. Choose from one of the starting points below:
• Discuss one of the following:
a) The concept of deception. For ex. what constitutes – or does not constitute – deception; advertising and deception; honesty vs. deception; the art of deception; etc.
b) Deception and images. altering images; photofiction/photojournalism; art and deception; etc.
• Begin from one of the quotes from Marco Tempest’s Ted Talk and write your essay commenting and/or explaining the quote.
a) “Everybody lies”
b) “Deception is a fundamental part of life
c) “We deceive to gain advantage and to hide our weaknesses”
d) “…self-deception [is] a positive emotion”
d) “Art is the greatest deception of all” (Debussey)
e) “Art is a deception that creates real emotion”
Include at least 3 direct quotes from the articles we have read or that have been placed on Moodle. You may use quotes from Marco Tempest’s Ted Talk as well. Be sure to cite the sources accurately (APA format).
– “How to Lie with Maps” (QSkills p. 88+)
– “Phototruth or Photofiction” (QSkills p. 94+)
– “How to Fake…” (Moodle)
– “Distorted Images” (Moodle)
– “Image Authentication” (Moodle)
– “The Magic of Truth and Lies” (Moodle – Ted Talk)
as well as the discussions in class and, of course, your own thoughts and assertions.
The first item in your Writing Assignment Folder will be the free write you did in class on “honesty vs. lying” You may decide to use that as your official starting point – or not. Remember that, when discussing any term or concept, you must include a definition. Thus, as an essential element of this essay you MUST define what you mean by “deception”. You will likely need to define other terms and concepts as well, although which ones will be determined by your specific focus. Think about the class, where 4 groups presented 4 different definitions of “art”.
Your essay will be structured in the academic style:
• Introduction paragraph in which you provide a “hook” for your reader and, generally, your thesis statement
• Background paragraph , in which you provide any information necessary to understanding/interpreting your topic
• Body paragraphs (in your average academic essay, there can be anywhere from 2-6)
• End-of-text reference page