- Assignment 13
- April 29th, 2013
I think that one key concept was staying neutral, and approaching my topic from two sides and not holding any bias. Once my research encompassed material arguing two sides of my topic, I fused them and made it an informative psychologically pointed paper. There were some difficulties I found writing this paper. One of them was finding information on certain things. I wanted to define a normal social relationship but had a hard time finding any sources who were willing to define this. There were many that defined problems in relationships, but not many the defined norms. I had to use very dry definitions of personal relationships to fix this problem. When shaping this paper I was targeting youth, or really anyone who has not so many friends, but is a fan of many things and enjoys spending more time with their books or Youtube than real people. I wanted this audience to know that they are not abnormal, they just socialize different than some people. But that they should monitor their relationships and make sure that they do have a least a couple interpersonal ones.
I think that I did contribute to a conversation. I did not find any sources covering parasocial relationships that approached the topic the way I did. I talked about both the negative and positive of parasocial interactions and then combined the information that I provided and created a solution of some sort. I can take the knowledge of annotated bibliographies, the IBEAM approach, and that research is not horrible when you know the right places to look. The sources serve every purpose in this piece. There would be no research paper without them, they provide clues, information, ideas, statistics, and much much more. A research paper is nor a research paper without sources.
Reflecting on the semester: My confidence of writing was pretty good going into this process. I was a strong writer and had written many a research paper before this. But doing this paper I learned so much. I have never written a paper, research or otherwise in this style so it was nice to learn a new way to research and write. I would approach this situation similar to how we did in this class. I would figure out my topic, then my purpose for writing the paper, then my lens and I would go from there.