American Really Was the Great (but That Dosnt Mean We Are Now)

In: English and Literature

Submitted By saborboricua73
Words 299
Pages 2


Since this class is centered on the practice of working with the ideas of others and synthesizing those ideas into our own writing, it stands to reason that we should spend some time practicing the art of summary. This summary exercise will help you to improve your academic writing in several ways: First, this excercise will help you to find meaning within a given text and provide you with a better way of interpreting what the author is trying to say; secondly, this exercise will give you further practice in summarizing, paraphrasing, using quotations, and condensing ideas—skills that are essential to academic writing.

Remember that the purpose of this summary is not to relate your reaction to the reading; your role in this process is to simply convey the information in the reading in condensed form. Do not include personal opinion, personal judgments of the material, or personal narrative. Be brief, be as accurate as you can, and try to capture the complete sense of the reading in your summary.

Read and Summarize

Go to the resources tab and use the Ebscohost link to search for the following articles:
•Friedman, T. L., & Mandelbaum, M. (2011). America really was that great (but that doesn't mean we are now). Foreign Policy, (189), 76-78.

Your summary should meet the following guidelines:
•is between 150 and 250 words(no longer);
•includes direct quotations and paraphrased passages from the text;
•uses attributive tags that not only work to convey the mood of the writer, but establish him or her as an authority in the field of study;
•avoids personal opinion;
•is written clearly, concisely, and accurately;
•is written solely in third-person;
•includes a References page;
•has been closely edited so that it contains few or no mechanical…...

Similar Documents

Do We Really Think

...English 095; Section 523 Do we really think? Thinking is the study of improving or making the best thoughts and choices that a person is capable of. Within the concept of thinking, we must be familiar with rational decision making. Having an understanding to think and make rational decision is crucial for us to succeed in today’s work environment. Thinking concerns the thought patterns of any type of topics, issue or predicament in which the person enhances the value of his or her thinking skills. Thinkers use theories to explain how the mind works. Then they apply those theories to the way they live every day. The general goal of thinking is to figure out some situation, solve some problem, answer some questions, and resolve some issue. Thinking has three dimensions an analytical, evaluative and a creative component. Analytical thinking solves problems within in our everyday lifestyle we provide an answer to the issues that follows us throughout life. This thinking process involves successful communication and problem-solving abilities. When thinking skills are applied we experience a sense of confidence that the appropriate decision has been made. For example; I was offered a job at two different companies but before I make my decision on which company was best I have to use my thinking skills. The decision- making process began to come into play. I conducted extensive research on both companies via the Internet and by personally interacting with individuals......

Words: 564 - Pages: 3

Human Nature: Are We Really as Bad as We Seem?

...Human Nature: Are We Really as Bad as We Seem? Why do people do what they do? Are there always selfish ulterior motives for every action? More, Machiavelli, and Luther all realize the shortcomings of human nature, but have different ways in which they propose to deal with this problem. Machiavelli, More, and Luther all seem to have a similar view of human nature in that they see the necessity of a strong government because people are not essentially good and they need something to keep them in line. Luther said “There are always many more of the wicked than there are of the just” (Luther, 11). While this may be thought of as cynical, there are plenty of examples where people will do just about anything in order to achieve what they want. Luther and Machiavelli both were under the impression that people are naturally selfish, and thus need the guiding hand of the government to keep them in check. All three use the fear of punishment as an incentive to uphold the laws. Machiavelli said that “Fear is sustained by the dread of punishment that is always effective” (Machiavelli, 58). More doesn’t say it as up front as Machiavelli does, but the reason people behave is because of their fear of the punishment of becoming a slave, not because they love their rulers. Machiavelli and Luther both saw the need for there to be a separation of secular authority and religious authority, putting to question the idea of divinely inspired royalty. “Each must decide at his own......

Words: 1268 - Pages: 6

Are We Really Independent?

...I was thinking about myself as to who am I ? When I self-introspected a bit,  I realised that like every individual I am a person who loves independence. But when I actually looked outside, I found that this independence is a figment of our imagination. One question that came to my mind was that even after several years of independence, are we really Independent ? During the formative years, I was under the guidance of my parents and was totally dependent on them. Their influenced has made me what I am today ! When I grew up and went to school, I was bounded by the rules and regulations. The same was applicable even for the college. At every point of time, I remember the quote, “Man is born free but lives in chains”. That time people used to say that all this will be helpful to me in becoming a good citizen and once I become an adult, I will be free and can live my life independently. On my 18th birthday, I was very excited that now I will be independent and will make a new world of my own, making all my decisions independently. But, was this really possible ? Soon my dreams were dashed to the ground. All that was around me was blood and more blood ! Every sight caused me immense pain and every time I questioned myself, are we independent ? Although we’ve fought for independence but still we aredependent much more than what we were before. I found the society to be very conservative, in reality it is not at all independent. Whatever I did, I was imposed to follow certain......

Words: 718 - Pages: 3

Was the West Really Wild?

... The Old West frontier represents a land filled with opportunity, growth and new beginnings. Although new beginnings seemed like a blessing the opportunity came with harsh vices such as climate change, little resources, and little government influence. The West has been portrayed as frontier filled with violence and anarchy, but many young historians have come to challenge the glamorization of the Wild West stating that it was not as violent as the rest of the country as previously depicted. Though Robert Dykstra clarifies how low body count could skew homicide rates that illustrate high levels of violence in Dodge City, one city alone cannot discard the ferocity created between young transient males, crimes erupted between gangs, conflict and atrocities amongst Native Americans Professor David T. Courtright preserves the idea that the frontier was indeed very violent. Professor Courtright helps define the vague use of the West with the distinctions illustrated by Walter Nugent who defines two forms of frontiers. Type one was a frontier of farming and had a core of nuclear families, and the second focused on the industrial industries, such as mining, with a population almost entirely of young males. He agrees that type one frontiers had little violence due to the fact that they were family-based and elderly community. However, the counterpart type two frontiers where exponentially more volatile and what is read and seen in media developed from the......

Words: 1646 - Pages: 7

Are We Really in Anthropodenial?

...Are we really in anthropodenial? I love to watch chimpanzees at the zoo. In fact, no visit to the zoo is complete without a visit to the chimpanzee cage. Moreover, we always joke that visiting the chimpanzees is like visiting our relatives. All joking aside, we do tend to think of chimpanzees as having human characteristics. However, according to Frans De Waal, attributing human emotions to animals has long been seen as a scientific blunder. However, attributing human emotions to animals gives us insight into them and us (Waal, 1). I think that chimpanzees seem to understand things like humans do. I was particularly in awe that Georgia, a chimpanzee can play with people by spraying them with water. Also, I was amazed that Georgia could sense that she should refrain from spraying Waal with water based on Waal’s gestures. I understand that by giving nonhuman animals human characteristics is anthropomorphism; however, I believe that chimpanzees are very intelligent and that they are the closest animals to humans based on evolution. In short, I tend to agree with Waal claim that both humans and chimpanzees behavior can be explained in the same manner that we explain our own behavior—as the result of both a complex and a familiar inner life (Waal, 5). Therefore, it seems that anthropomorphism has a place in the scientific community. Moreover, I think it is worth the risk of overestimating chimpanzee’s mental life because how else are scientific discoveries going to be made. ...

Words: 383 - Pages: 2

Great Gatsby and the American Dream

...The ‘American Dream’ has existed since the funding of the United States. Typically, the dreamer chooses to rise from being poor to being wealthy, while accumulating things such as love, status, wealth, and power. The dream has grown through the years and time periods, even though it was based on freedom, self-reliance and the desire to be something greater. In the past the dream was for someone to go out west for land and to start a family. It has turned into a very materialistic vision of a big house, nice car, and living the easy life. As represented in the novel The Great Gatsby and Baz Luhrmann’s, The Great Gatsby, the American Dream was more focused on instant gratification of material things and needing material things as an indication of success. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby and Baz Luhrmann’s, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is a renaissance man; a man who has it all but started out with nothing. His plan was to achieve his dream. He was so blinded by his possessions, in front of him, that he could not see that money could not buy love or happiness. Fitzgerald demonstrated how a dream can be corrupted by one’s focus on accruing wealth, power, and expensive things. Gatsby’s dream was “ambiguous, contradictory, romantic in nature, and undeniably beautiful while at the same time grotesquely flawed” (Hearne 189). His American Dream had become tarnished and corrupted by the culture of money and opulence that surrounded him. Gatsby was ‘new money’,......

Words: 2843 - Pages: 12

What Value Really Means

...What Value Really Means  Something that has value is usually seen as having some sort of worth.  There are values  with a big price tag, and there are values that are priceless. You probably value people with  qualities like caring, compassion, good work ethic, responsibility, trustworthiness, etc. Also, you  may put value in photographs, memories, heirlooms, and many more; these can be worthless to  some and mean the world to others. To one person an object or memory could be priceless. Other  values are objects like houses, cars, computers, phones, jewelry, and more. They come with large  price tags and are considered universally valuable because of their status symbols. So, which  value is more “valuable?”  Pricy values are material objects. Diamonds and gold have value because they are rare;  flat screens and iPhones have value because they are expensive. They both are symbols of wealth  and status, which is why people strive to own the newest, biggest, and best. These objects  certainly do have value; but in the end they’re just objects. They’re all relative to what society  says is the best. Having valuable objects in today’s world may make people respect you more,  and nobody would dispute that having nice things is better than having nothing. But in the end,  are the homes and the cars and the money really even valuable? In dollars and cents, obviously,     but in life, no. These material values can be taken away in an instant. True value lie in things that ......

Words: 501 - Pages: 3

The American Dream in the Great Gatsby

...The American Dream is a perspective of seeing the way people lived in the 1920s, it's a image they have created of seeing things in a perfect matter. The American Dream didn't end how people expected it to end. Everyone rich, a great economy, everyone was to suppose to have a god job. Sadly, it ended the opposite way. Dreams do not always succeed, just the thought of the American Dream is still sometimes talked about today. The American Dream is to have an amazing family, spend it with the one person you love, live a good life, be extremely wealthy, and live in a nice big house. Gatsby through out the book is looking for "The American Dream" with Daisy of course his whole life, his motivation is Daisy and he gets everything but her in the end. Of course, even though he didn't succeed with Daisy he has many accomplishments that we recognized throughout the book, for example going to war and become rich on his own without the help of anyone. Gatsby isn't really a party person but he throughs the most amazing parties in the hopes that Daisy will one day eventually come. Everyone wonders who Gatsby is, they want to meet him and they all spread rumors about him, like saying he is a secret agent. He is considered one of the characters in the book to have everything he wants and 'live' the American Dream. Daisy is the love of Gatsby's life and has always been, she is the reason why he does the things he does. When we are introduced to Daisy, she is also living the American......

Words: 415 - Pages: 2

The American Dream in the Great Gatsby

...The American Dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Novel The Great Gatsby   Since July 4, 1776 Americans have had the opportunity to pursue whatever they can think of. This has given the people the opportunity to become whatever they want. A person who works hard can become successful; this is what the American Dream is centered around. A person who is a hard worker and persistent can reach any goal he strives for. The American Dream changed as America did. People became more and more infatuated with possessions. The characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby each work for their own American Dream.   Jay Gatsby, the central character of the novel, has worked from nothing to become a very successful man. Jay is successful in the meaning that he is very rich and has everything most of the people in the novel would want. This is not what Jay is striving for though. Jay doesn’t care about the money, cars, and enormous house he has. Love is Jay’s goal, he worked for all the wealth and popularity to get to the love of his life, Daisy. Daisy is a woman that Jay had a love affair with when he was younger, but he could never have her because he was not in her social class. Jay then began to do anything to get the money that it would take to get in her class, even illegal activities. Once he reached this level of wealth, he moved close to Daisy to try to get her. “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay”(83). The only thing that really......

Words: 1052 - Pages: 5

Was Great Britain Really That Great

...The industrial revolution began in the 1700 till the late 1800’s it was an era that began in Britain and slowly spread across the globe. It was a transition to new manufacturing processes which changed Britain from a land of small towns, villages and farms to large towns and factories. The industrial revolution marked a turning point in Britain’s history. Every aspect of daily life was affected in some way. The standard of living increased greatly as did the life expectancy of humans. It was a time where new technologies were invented. During the industrial revolution new medical inventions helped increase the standards of healthcare and with the invention of the vaccination many diseases were prevented. Before the industrial revolution the only means of transport were horses and they provided the only motive transport on land and sails for the sea. The industrial revolution brought railways and canals to Britain. People could move from one place to another faster and in a cheaper price. Due to these new inventions raw materials were transported quicker and easily to factories which helped in the growth of the industry. Population increased rapidly during the industrial revolution due to the improved living conditions. The increase was due to the better health care, as a result less infant mortality. The increase in Britain’s population allowed more people to work which lead to Britain becoming richer and richer and eventually the most powerful country in the world...

Words: 509 - Pages: 3

We Are Great

... “My dad didn’t do anything to me. It was that guy who intruded our house and beat my father up,” Anna told the police officer. “What are you talking about Anna? What are you thinking? I came to save you and that’s what you repay me,” Robin said while struggling with the officer. Robin is an only son of the big company. His parents sent him to America after the accident. He is a role model in one of the American’s college. He is good at sport such as America Football. He has a warmhearted personality. He loves to help other people. However, Robin lost his memories when he was 8. At 9 pm, one of Robin’s friends called him for help. Her name is Anna. Robin rushed to her house. He spent less than 5 minutes to go to Anna’s house. Her dad was beating her. Robin tried to stop the old man. The old man took his baseball bat and hit Robin’s head. He repeated his hitting skill on Robin. Robin was almost unconscious. Suddenly there was a gunshot. Police arrived and stopped the old man. They ask Anna who attacked her. Instead, Anna told lie that Robin intruded and her father saved her. Police led Robin to the police station while he was protesting the entire way. After police released Robin, he went home and met his secretary. “Young master? Are you in your right mind?” “I haven’t told your grandmother yet”, he added. “Leave me alone! I’m not going back to work in the company. So, you don’t have to come anymore,” Robin shouted. Robin was in pain because of the injury. He......

Words: 4465 - Pages: 18

As We Are Now

...Tenham Piedade dos Homens!: Masculinidades em Mudanfa, by Marko Monteiro. Juiz de Fora, Brazil: Edi\(Oes Feme, 2000. 94 pp. When the soft-core porn magazine Ete Eta first appeared in 1969, it was marketed as a progressive. general interest pUblication about sex, culture, and human interactions. Two years later, it had already become the most circulated magazine in Brazil (p. 49). In Tenham Piedade dos Homens!. Marko Monteiro explores the changing ways masculinity was represented in the pages of Ete Eta during the years of 1969 through 1972 to propose an understanding of the "new" man in Brazil. I believe that, based on materials from this time frame, a discussion about masculinity can be conceptualized in relation to some [social and historical] perti~ nent events which came about with the appearance of an "other" in traditional gender relations ... starting in the 60s, with the growing visibility and legitimation of discourses challenging machismo, the masculine lost its privileged position as universal subject of discourse. (P. 50) According to Monteiro, during the 1960s and 1970s, with the worldwide proliferation of emancipation and counterculture movements, there was a major break with the traditional representations of the masculine in Brazil. Influenced by U.S. feminist, gay power, and other social movements of the 1960s, men-who before had always been the unmarked. universal subject of discourse-in a short period, became the object ofcritique and discourse. By......

Words: 807 - Pages: 4

What Being an American Means to You

...What being an American means to you. America is essentially a spot on earth where individuals display with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is a saying, words usually can't do a picture justice; yet to me, the word America is justified regardless of a thousand photos. I have seen numerous photos of America, however not one has caught how superb it really is. America is a position of opportunity, where the individuals are ensured normal rights; rights that have been detracted from natives of different nations. Natives from spots like China would be shot for contradicting their administration; wherein America, we have the right to speak freely, ensured by the first revision. America is a place where there is fresh chances to succeed, where the administration deals with the natives, training, making a general public with a higher expectation for everyday life. America has helped numerous workers set up groups, differentiating the nation with natives from the plunge of the settlers, as well as ethnic greater parts and minorities well. America has advanced from a spot where the men commanded all parts of life to a spot where ladies and men share essentially the same balance in the family unit, working environment, and social scenes. In spite of the fact that wrongdoing and bigotry lash out all through the nation, individuals are not being executed for their convictions. For instance, Hitler ruled with dread, executing individuals on the grounds that they......

Words: 803 - Pages: 4

Do We Really Know Everything

...Religion is a subject that both fascinates and intrigues me. Supposedly we are here in this life for a very short time, relatively speaking, from which our eternal destiny is determined. If such is the case, this issue then is the only matter of any real importance and that importance is of such magnitude that all else pales in comparison. Yet we are left without definitive, unambiguous instructions from God as to how to live this life to assure just what that destiny is. Now, I know, any Christian who reads this is jumping up and down to point out that the Bible is God’s word and is very clear on the subject. Yet the statement is preposterous when you recognize the amount of diversity within the religion. It seems rather obvious to me that if God had intended to give His “word” to man He would have made it clear and unambiguous and would have made it equally available to all mankind rather than to a select few with reliance on them to disperse it to the remaining majority, especially when the myriad of groups dispersing it cannot agree on what it says. It seems to me that this idea of evangelism or ‘spreading the word’ is in contradiction of the belief itself. It implies that the salvation of the lost is the responsibility of the saved to ‘let them know’. It seems to remove the responsibility of knowing God’s will from God and place it upon His chosen. It suggests that many people are lost because the ‘saved’ can’t or don’t for whatever reasons make all the rounds. Where is...

Words: 4282 - Pages: 18

What Does Innovation Really Mean?

...What Does “Innovation” Really Mean? Introduction: What does “innovation” really mean? “Technically, “innovation” is defined merely as “introducing something new”, there are no qualifiers of how ground-breaking or world-shattering that something needs to be – only that it needs to be better than what was there before. The fact is, innovation means different things to different people”. (Sylver, 2008) Author’s Qualifications: Brianna Sylver is a writer, researcher, entrepreneur and founder of Sylver Consulting, which works with multinational organizations. Sylver Consulting is known for applying innovation methodologies and consumer research techniques to develop new products and services, prospect new business opportunities and establish innovation processes. (Sylver, 2008) Summary: This article relays information on how an innovative consultant can aid a company in moving their product or starting a new product. It is important to understand what innovation truly means in the organization or to the client in order to know what changes need to be made or what is required of the organization. Sylver states, “the consulting firm contracted for the innovation services first needs to understand the client’s motivation for seeking innovation services. (Sylver, 2008) The client usually looks for innovation services due to one of the three situations: 1. “They are engulfed in the flames of the “burning platform”. (Sylver, 2008) This is where the organizations profits...

Words: 665 - Pages: 3