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This week’s discussion topic is about how music is “sold” or shared (legally and illegally) on the internet. Composers and musicians have traditionally been able to earn income through sales of their recorded works and compositions. File sharing compensation laws and illegal file sharing sites have changed this in the internet age, making it more difficult for artists to be paid for music distributed over the internet. This assignment has you read about the fairly new Music Modernization Act, signed into law in 2018, and also includes jazz composer Maria Schneider’s testimony to Congress about how the large players in data collection have gotten around paying artists for the intellectual content/creative property. Artists and record companies continue making efforts to work with lawmakers to look at current file sharing law.

Research this topic to find a variety of viewpoints which could help you form an educated opinion on the topic.

Assigned Readings:

USF Music Copyright Policy: http://www.usf.edu/it/documentation/music-copyright.aspx (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

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Interesting article from a while ago that is still applicable to today…(click the “read more” link…) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/08/technology/personaltech/08pogue-web.html?_r=2&ref=personaltechemail&nl=technology&emc=cta1Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Jazz Composer Maria Schneider testimony to Congress about musicians ability to make a living in the new digital era, and creative property issues. https://vimeo.com/89327769 (Links to an external site.)

Explanation of the Music Modernization Act – new laws meant to help define how music is sold/distributed online.

https://iconcollective.edu/music-modernization-act/ (Links to an external site.)

Day One:

Post your opinion on whether you think musicians are being treated fairly in the current online music marketplace (downloads, YouTube, and music services like Rhapsody and Spotify.). Also post your opinion on whether illegal (free) music file sharing should be illegal or not. Explain why you think this way. If you reference an article or book (as you should), please cite or provide a link.

Day Two:

Respond to another students post : Read and thoughtfully respond to one of your Group Member’s Posts from Day One by Clicking “Reply” to their post. BE SURE you reply in YOUR discussion groups thread.

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I’m working on a english discussion question and need guidance to help me study.

We have covered a lot of ground in this class over the past several weeks, and you may have felt like you had little time to stop for a breath. That changes this week. Let’s take some time to pause, look back at what we’ve learned, celebrate our successes, and evaluate areas where we can still improve. In this week’s final assignment, we’ll use self-reflection to analyze our strengths so that we can continue to build on them, and we’ll identify areas where we can improve so we can increase our success in our future coursework and careers.

This assignment has two parts. Please use this downloadto conduct your self-assessment and submit it for grading. As this is not a formal essay, you are not required to use an APA title page; however, you should double space and pay careful attention to sentence structure, grammar, spelling, etc.

Part 1: Review the entire class, starting with Week 1. Recall the objectives, lectures, discussions, and assignments included each week. Reflect on what seemed to come easy to you and where you experienced challenges. After reflecting on the entire class, identify your top three accomplishments (where you felt you did well; areas of success) and your top three opportunities (those things that were more challenging; areas of struggle). In complete sentences, list these in numbered format below. Be sure to provide specific details in terms of assignment names and writing strategies, etc. Note: You might consider that what was once an opportunity may have eventually become an accomplishment.

Accomplishments:

  1. [Enter your first accomplishment here]
  2. [Enter your second accomplishment here]
  3. [Enter your third accomplishment here]

An example: I was able to navigate the OOH website easily to identify important details about my career.

Opportunities:

  1. [Enter your first opportunity here]
  2. [Enter your second opportunity here]
  3. [Enter your third opportunity here]

An example: I had a hard time summarizing the information I found on the OOH website. Putting the information in my own words was challenging.

Part 2: Reviewing the list of accomplishments and opportunities, tell us a short story in just two paragraphs that identifies how you achieved your accomplishments (first paragraph) and how you plan to strategically tackle your opportunities in the future (second paragraph). You might consider discussing ways you have already begun to grow and improve, in addition to how you plan to use both your accomplishments and opportunities to help your future success.

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Global Music and Jazz

Jazz Music is an original American art form that incorporates music from many different cultures.  It has become an international music, which can be heard in most countries around the world, performed by musicians from those countries as well as American musicians. This assignment is a research and writing assignment that asks you to write about a contemporary International Jazz musician/group (a musician or group that comes from a country other than the USA) or an International jazz “scene” such as a famous International jazz festival like the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, or the jazz scene found in an international metropolitan area such as Paris, London, Cape Town or Tokyo – writing about how Jazz has become part of the “scene” in those places – important venues: jazz clubs, concert houses, jazz societies,  and important musicians from the “scene”. This paper is to be about the current Jazz scene or artist/group, you need to document Jazz music that is going on NOW, within the last 5 years.  Your paper can discuss important background issues to support your ideas, but your subject is an International Jazz artist of scene that is currently active.

There are many interesting topics that fall under this umbrella.  Many international jazz musicians combine music from their own country or region with existing jazz musical ideas to create a new jazz sound.  Other international jazz musicians are dedicated to playing very traditional styles of jazz.  Many came to the US to study jazz music and apprentice with American jazz masters.If you choose to write about an artist/group,  you will need to find artists/groups that are living and practicing the music in an International location. Some will still perform I the US, (and around the world) while basing their careers outside the US, often in their home countries or regions. 

It is important that the topic you choose has enough information about the international aspects of the musician/group or jazz scene to support a research paper.  The assignment is about a “contemporary” artist or scene – meaning that the artists or scene is currently active, with the paper including recent activity – recordings, concerts, etc..  Historical background is important, but the focus of the paper is about an artist/jazz scene going on right now. 

For instance, if you write about the jazz scene in Paris, you need to mention the history of Jazz in Paris (this is very important to this topic) and then write about the scene today, where the musicians are playing Jazz in Paris, who they are and how Jazz is integrated into modern Parisian society.

The USF Library has created a Course Guide for this class with useful information on how to conduct online searches and what materials are available in the USF Library that could be useful to this assignment. 

http://guides.lib.usf.edu/SurveyJazz (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Requirements:

  1. Write a 1000-1500 word paper (this is the body of the paper, not including the discography and references, etc..)

NOTE: word count is the least important part of the grading of this paper. Any paper that covers all of the requirements will be at least 1000 words, this is just a suggestion so that you don’t feel like you have to write a LONG paper.  The content, quality of writing, inclusion of required information and following the writing style guidelines are the most important part of this paper. The paper should be well written, following general rules and formatting for a Research Paper in MLA or APA format. You can get help and information about writing a Research Paper from the USF Writing Center.

  1. Research your topic well. It is important that you find lots of good information to base your paper on.
  2. Find and listen to musical examples of the artist(s)/group(s) you are writing about. If you are writing about a jazz “scene”, find and listen to some of the important artists from that scene. Find reviews of their music, and include your own description of what you hear in the music.
  3. If you are writing about an artist/group, Include a general description of the artist/group, what they are known for and other relevant projects/recordings they have produced. Include a selected discography as part of your reference citations.
  4. A discography is a list of important recordings by the artist or group.  (You can find examples of discographies online.) You need to include the artist/group name, title of the recording, record label (company), year it was released, and important personnel on the recording.
  5. Include information about the recordings you write about:
    1. Date released
    2. Record label
    3. Musicians on the recording
    4. How readers can find this music (purchase, listen, etc)

You will be graded on:

  1. The inclusion of all of the issues listed above in your paper.
  2. Evidence of research into the artist/group or jazz scene and the music associated with your topic. References to your other research should be included.
  3. How well written and readable the paper is.
    1. This is an IMPORTANT part of the Draft-Final paper process, to create a Final Paper that is well written and interesting to the reader.

Basic format:

Opening Paragraph (Thesis)

    – describes the content of the paper and the points to be made.

Inside Paragraphs

    – discuss each topic presented in the Opening Paragraph (Thesis)

Conclusion

Research References

    – citations need to be in MLA or APA format 

Discography

     – A discography is similar to a bibliography, the only difference being that it comprises a list of audio or sound recordings that you have cited in your paper. Sound recordings come in a variety of formats such as LP, cassette, CD, MP3, and even audio recordings streamed from the Web. If you refer to sound recordings in your paper, you will need to create a separate section on a new page entitled “Discography.”  A “Selected Discography” includes important recordings by the artist or group you are writing about.

      A Song or Album – Music can be cited multiple ways. Mainly, this depends on the container that you accessed the music from. Generally, citations begin with the artist name. They might also be listed by composers or performers. Otherwise, list composer and performer information after the album title. Put individual song titles in quotation marks. Album names are italicized. Provide the name of the recording manufacturer followed by the publication date.

If information such as record label or name of album is unavailable from your source, do not list that information.

       Spotify – Rae Morris. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014. Spotify, open.spotify.com/track/0OPES3Tw5r86O6fudK8gxi.

       Online Album –Beyoncé. “Pray You Catch Me.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, www.beyonce.com/album/lemonade-visual-album/ (Links to an external site.).

         CD – Nirvana. “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Nevermind, Geffen, 1991.

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I’m working on a spokesperson videos presentation and need support to help me understand better.

my topic is about why do oceans matter: I want it in different asspect: global trade, temperature change, and climate change,…

outline : 

The informative speech: 

The informative speech is the first in a series of three speeches on the same topic. You can find specifics on informative speaking in chapter 12. Here, the goal is to share information that increases our understanding about a particular problem. Your goal is to simply raise awareness. You will provide a 4-6 minute speech where you provide an informative overview of your topic. You must cite at least three (3) academic/scholarly sources in your speech. 

A few helpful hints: 

  • Remember, this speech requires research as support–not just personal testimony. Your research must be scholarly in nature. Both speeches must use different sources (you can re-cite sources, but they do not count towards your source requirement for that speech). Be sure you document sources in both your outline and your speech. See the Wagner Citing Sources article for how to cite sources in a speech. 
  • Remember to submit your outline to the folder (in this module, below this assignment) as a Microsoft Word Document. You will not submit your outline here.  downloadensuring you use full sentences, clear structure, and cited sources IN the outline (APA in-text citation style) and in an accompanying APA reference list. 
  • In the comment box, you will submit a link to your speech (on YouTube, Vimeo, or another external streaming platform). Note that students who submit a file-copy of their video as an attachment will receive an automatic 25-point deduction. 

Your speech should employ the best practices of public speaking highlights in our textbook. In particular, please be sure you: 

  • Begin with an opening and engaging hook! Don’t give us your name (we can see it on your streaming link); don’t ask questions we can’t answer, and don’t beat around the bush! Spend those first few valuable seconds getting our attention!
  • Be sure to give a clear preview (tell us what you will talk about in your speech) right near the beginning of your speech. This can be as simple as “Today, I want to inform you why all of the panic about GMOs is misplaced” (this would come AFTER you get our attention with that hook). 
  • Make sure your speech has identifiable main points and sub-points–bring that outline to life! And of course, be sure to transition between points so it is clear to us, as the audience, where you are going. 
  • Use sources to support your claims. Please refer to your chart and to the article posted in this module on citing sources aloud–be sure to clearly communicate the details of those sources to help give you speech the credibility it needs!
  • Be sure to let us know a conclusion is coming, too! Something as simple as, “As I start to conclude, I want to again….” This is also a good place to re-insert that thesis or preview (a review statement, where you tell us what you told us in your speech). 
  • End on a definitive note!  Make sure your conclusion is a STRONG one and it is clear you are done. Don’t say “well….that’s it” or “Ok…I’m done.” End, pause, and then turn off the video. 

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Hope Matters Book Summary

here is the link of the pages https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:7d14573a-7ef3-4916-90ad-5f9e37c79b58

1) Summary: What Do I Include in the Summary ?Think of your summary as a study aid you write for yourself. Be sure to identify the main ideas in the text and how the author supports them. Do not skip over large sections of text. Make it clear that you did the entire reading and did so carefully.When you write your summary of the reading try to illustrate what you think the author is saying to the best of your understanding. What I am looking for is evidence that you read it from start to finish and really tried your best to understand it. 2) Two Philosophical Discussion Points: What is a Philosophical Discussion Point and How Do I Cite?At the bottom of your summary you will have a total of two discussion points. Number them 1.) and 2.). The discussion points are philosophical—they illustrate whether you think the theorist is right or wrong and give reasons as to why. As such, your discussion point will start with either: A) you saying you think the theory is right and say why (give your own reasons) or B) you saying you think the theory is wrong and say why (give your own reasons). Be sure to elaborate on the reasons you think the theory is right or wrong, don’t just repeat what the theorist said…provide your own reasons. The discussion points will make evident that you have done your reading by referring to specific content from the reading (i.e. you must cite the relevant section or sections of the reading) and through situating your discussion point in that portion of the text before making your discussion point. This means at least one sentence will have a citation for each of your discussion points. Your points are meant to spark discussion; they are the sort of points you would like to make in class. In fact, you will make these points during class. You will want your discussion points to provide evidence of completed reading, thoughtful engagement with the text, and crucial ideas/definitions being identified. 

Examples of Good Discussion Points1. At first when I read Plato’s view of justice I thought it was incompatible with modern views of justice, where justice means being treated fairly (19, 30-31). But then I wondered whether Plato’s notion of each person doing what they are best at means they are all actually in fact being treated fairly? I found as I read that I agree with Socrates “that there are no two people born exactly alike” and each person has “innate differences which fit them for different occupations” so maybe it is only fair to let each person do what they excel at (19). As such, I found myself thinking that Plato does in fact have a defensible view of justice.2. I’m not convinced that Socrates’ decision to use the state as an analogy for an individual is justified (18). People and states have some characteristics that are very different. One example is that people are living organisms and states are not. Another is that different rules apply at the individual level and the state level. For example, we hold individual people accountable when we punish them for wrong-doing and send them to jail, but we don’t punish a whole state for wrong-doing by sending everyone to jail.Examples of Discussion Points That Need More Work1. I have some worries about Plato’s view of justice.2. Plato’s view of justice is a really good one because it applies today. (Plato).3. Plato is wrong because justice is impossible to define.

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Differentiating between genres:

The two articles given in the course readings have different genres and are distinct in various aspects. After reading the article, Navigating Genre has explained the content accustomed to its title. The author, Dirk, elaborated on Blitzer’s statement about the genre. The author was of the point that response has an important place in the actions and the communication. For example, if something happens, it will require a response to compensate, and if something new happens, another response is required. The previous response will take a new position, and a new genre will be developed. The author has explained that the genre has certain features that keep on changing, and it has been found that the changing features do not let anyone get expertise in communication, writing, or speaking of the specific genre. There has always been a certain room to improve in the particular genre. The explanation of genre is linked to the discourse communities because they deal with the communicative aspect. The responses are interlinked, and while mentioning the new responses, the previous responses must be cited. It has been explained in one of the articles, the discussion in the other is different.

Networking via LinkedIn: An examination of usage and career benefits was the second article to be discussed. It has majorly focused on the use of LinkedIn for communication and the discourse communities in genres. The first aspect that was being discussed in the article was the professional use of LinkedIn. The second aspect was the use of LinkedIn for career growth and how the professionals can use it for a good reason. Moving on, statistical data has been given as well to elaborate on the benefits of networking. The last aspect was to discuss the statistical analysis of lab reports of LinkedIn self-reports. Coming towards the genre discussion, the main topic and content of the article meets the definition of genre presented by Dirk. (Dirk 2010) said that genre is the power to encourage or discourage people’s interaction, to promote or demote the communication and sometimes it helps and discourage others from speaking. Similarly, the article has explained the genre concerning LinkedIn use. It connects with others and provides a platform to users to define their boundaries and contact people across the globe (Davis, 2020).

The two articles given in the course readings have different genres and are distinct in various aspects. After reading the article, Navigating Genre has explained the content accustomed to its title. The author, Dirk, elaborated on Blitzer’s statement about the genre. The author was of the point that response has an important place in the actions and the communication. For example, if something happens, it will require a response to compensate, and if something new happens, another response is required. The previous response will take a new position, and a new genre will be developed. The author has explained that the genre has certain features that keep on changing, and it has been found that the changing features do not let anyone get expertise in communication, writing, or speaking of the specific genre. There has always been a certain room to improve in the particular genre. The explanation of genre is linked to the discourse communities because they deal with the communicative aspect. The responses are interlinked, and while mentioning the new responses, the previous responses must be cited. It has been explained in one of the articles, the discussion in the other is different.

Networking via LinkedIn: An examination of usage and career benefits was the second article to be discussed. It has majorly focused on the use of LinkedIn for communication and the discourse communities in genres. The first aspect that was being discussed in the article was the professional use of LinkedIn. The second aspect was the use of LinkedIn for career growth and how the professionals can use it for a good reason. Moving on, statistical data has been given as well to elaborate on the benefits of networking. The last aspect was to discuss the statistical analysis of lab reports of LinkedIn self-reports. Coming towards the genre discussion, the main topic and content of the article meets the definition of genre presented by Dirk. (Dirk 2010) said that genre is the power to encourage or discourage people’s interaction, to promote or demote the communication and sometimes it helps and discourage others from speaking. Similarly, the article has explained the genre concerning LinkedIn use. It connects with others and provides a platform to users to define their boundaries and contact people across the globe (Davis, 2020).

The two articles given in the course readings have different genres and are distinct in various aspects. After reading the article, Navigating Genre has explained the content accustomed to its title. The author, Dirk, elaborated on Blitzer’s statement about the genre. The author was of the point that response has an important place in the actions and the communication. For example, if something happens, it will require a response to compensate, and if something new happens, another response is required. The previous response will take a new position, and a new genre will be developed. The author has explained that the genre has certain features that keep on changing, and it has been found that the changing features do not let anyone get expertise in communication, writing, or speaking of the specific genre. There has always been a certain room to improve in the particular genre. The explanation of genre is linked to the discourse communities because they deal with the communicative aspect. The responses are interlinked, and while mentioning the new responses, the previous responses must be cited. It has been explained in one of the articles, the discussion in the other is different.

Networking via LinkedIn: An examination of usage and career benefits was the second article to be discussed. It has majorly focused on the use of LinkedIn for communication and the discourse communities in genres. The first aspect that was being discussed in the article was the professional use of LinkedIn. The second aspect was the use of LinkedIn for career growth and how the professionals can use it for a good reason. Moving on, statistical data has been given as well to elaborate on the benefits of networking. The last aspect was to discuss the statistical analysis of lab reports of LinkedIn self-reports. Coming towards the genre discussion, the main topic and content of the article meets the definition of genre presented by Dirk. (Dirk 2010) said that genre is the power to encourage or discourage people’s interaction, to promote or demote the communication and sometimes it helps and discourages others from speaking. Similarly, the article has explained the genre concerning LinkedIn use. It connects with others and provides a platform to users to define their boundaries and contact people across the globe.

The criteria listed below will determine your grade for this project. Clearly addressing each point in your writing will increase your chances of successfully achieving the learning outcomes in this module. A successful Project 2 Essay will include the following; you will:

  • Identify and explain the specific convention of discourse
  • Illustrate the definitions of discourse conventions with exemplars from your selected discourse community and the thematic content discourse community (personal branding and professional identity through the lens of LinkedIn)
  • Discuss the role of discourse in defining and reinforcing group identity and power structures
  • Explain the role of genre in discourse
  • Illustrate the role of genre with exemplars from your selected discourse community
  • Apply principles of rhetoric and critical thought in analyzing exemplars from your selected discourse community
  • Exhibit the characteristics of effective writing in an extended document
  • Synthesize information about what constitutes a “discourse community,” describe the conventions associated with your selected discourse community and with the thematic content discourse community (personal branding/professional identity), and connect this information to the needs of new participants in the discourse community
  • Use effective academic writing style, to include properly constructed citations and references (APA formatting preferred; MLA acceptable)
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