Analytical Reading, Writing, & Inquiry
Microtask 2: Analysis
Description: 300-400 words, plus an MLA-formatted Works Cited page
Source: Ian Bogost, “Welcome to Dataland”
Total Points: 50
Due Date: F 9-8
This assignment asks you to analyze a significant textual element from “Welcome to Dataland”. First, provide a brief summary (1-2 sentences) of the essay, including an explanation of Bogost’s main claim. Next, using your tools for textual analysis, identify one key element of the text from Bogost’s essay and analyze the significance of this element. How does it contribute to the text’s purpose? In what ways does it relate to the essay’s main claim? How does it impact how an audience receives or interprets the text?
Remember that your initial summary should make sense to a person who has not read the essay. In your analysis, use WA’s section on The Method (26-32) and your Tools for Textual Analysis to help you focus on the details in the essay instead of your reaction to it. Connect these details to Bogost’s message to show your reader how Bogost uses this evidence to communicate his claim to the reader.
Criteria for Evaluation
1. Does the Microtask analyze a specific element from the text? Does it explore the significance of this element?
2. Does the analysis remain independent and objective by paraphrasing the author’s words, using a minimum of quotations, and avoiding personal judgment or response?
3. Does the Microtask offer a brief and accurate summary of the essay’s main claim—one that could be understood by someone unfamiliar with the essay? Does the summary sufficiently prepare the reader for the analysis that follows?
4. Does the Microtask exhibit clarity and coherence? Do its ideas progress logically through the use of transitions, attributive tags, and appropriate word choice?