Yesterday I was talking about how I was going through a “mid-essay crisis”.
I obviously am not going to write my mental breakdown through the entire essay but I figured it was important to share because it relates to the infamous Bunk book.
As stated in class, I got my sources first but I write free form. I had this grand idea when writing to compare the statistics I have to the future– since the stats were from 2010, before the technological boom of smartphones and portable gaming (DSs, PSP, Switch). Well, there’s a slight flaw I bet you can see now. Im writing this essay blind with a supposed climax to my story coming quickly– but i didn’t have the sources needed to wrap off the essay with a bang. I just assumed people would have the same idea I would.
1370 words in– Nope. I was wrong.
Let me share an excerpt from my essay:
What makes the research around productivity and its correlation to video games more intriguing is that when trying to pull up more recent statistics on the matter, there are implications supporting the increase of procrastination but lacking the proper statistics to support it. Another interesting factor is that researching the subject leads to screen addiction with minimal statistics towards that as well. If they did link any citation, they linked the previous statistics from 2007 and 2010 in recent articles trying to prove an increase that I spent the first few pages denouncing due to their lack of technological advancements.
At this point I’m freaking out. In theory to make this essay more cohesive and fluid– AS ANY COLLEGE ESSAY SHOULD BE IDEALLY, I would have to scrap this essay in full. But with the support of friends and Proctor, I derail the essay in full to bring up a point I’m going to mention now:
Have you ever read an essay that says, “Experts say…”. I once read an article that said “Experts say eating ice cream is healthy because of the protein milk provides.”
Just kidding, I wrote that. But you believed it for a second, right? You seriously considered getting ice cream because SOMEONE told you an expert said it without any statistics to back it up. Theoretically ANYONE can be an expert in any of these situations and its scary because PEOPLE believe what these outlets are saying because they’re reliable sources to some. In my research I found an article for a news outlet that said procrastination was correlated to video games and they didn’t believe it until “they saw the numbers” without showing the reader ANY NUMBERS TO SUPPORT THEIR BELIEF. I say this is linked to bunk because fake news is practically a go to meme now because of political power but this has been going on for years based off of this “Experts say…” bullshit. Likewise, knowing this makes you wonder what is real and what is fake. We have a plethora of information without any statistics to prove it. How do we know if wine and coffee are healthy because news outlets said “expects told us this”?
I hope I didn’t cause you guys to lay down and contemplate life like I did. but it’s a good thing to think about.