Exhibit 1.4.8


So there's a textbook required for the Composition One class I teach, and while normally I just ignore it if not openly disparage it, there are a few lessons I use from its opening chapters since they're relevant to what the students will do in Comp Two. I don't want my students to be the ones who don't know what ethos is.

(Nobody knows what ethos is.)

Part of this involves a lesson on what the book calls angle of vision which is mostly about how writers control their messages using their perspective, etc. etc. Basic stuff. In the past, the book had a cartoon that made the point that people with different priorities could see the same issue in a variety of ways. This issue was stem cells. Fair enough, that's an issue on which reasonable people can disagree (even if some of them are clearly much, much more reasonable).

So I open this year's textbook expecting to find that same cartoon and instead, there's this:


The textbook people, apparently too burned by the controversy over stem cells (in a lesson designed to prepare students to argue effectively no less), decided that this year's issue on which reasonable people could disagree was sweatshops. And somehow they couldn't even come up with a 50/50 split of opinions. 4 out of 6 people in their little scenario are seemingly in favor of sweatshops and only some greasy hippie objects on moral grounds.

Even the explicitly Asian sweatshop worker kid is in favor of sweatshops! Come on, Liang, you couldn't have at least said, "I have mixed feelings on working 14 hour days for pennies."

I really don't know what else to say about it. None of it makes any sense to me. It might be a brilliant but cynical take down of consumer culture and modern capitalism or it might be that someone thinks sweatshops are an issue with sides.

Thank god they didn't ask these people:

Yes, I drew those. Yes, it took more than 10 minutes. No, I will not be drawing again.


Dave Madden said...

Did you just draw a vampire? Or actually: did you just grab a sketch from the illustrated vampire novel (your fourth, is it?) you've been working on all year?

Rebecca Hazelton said...

I'd say those are at least 20 minute drawings.

JSA Lowe said...

I cannot stop laughing over this and I can't believe I somehow managed to use that cartoon IN CLASS and keep even a semi-straight face. "...or it might be that someone thinks sweatshops are an issue with sides." Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing's ethos: shot to hell.