There is no universal consensus of what ‘art’ is. There are several works where its validity as an artwork has been called into question. One of them is Duchamp’s Fountain. And I have just been trying to argue that it is not, in fact, art. Mostly I’m arguing that because I don’t want it to be art. I think the argument I came up with was reasonable, though maybe a little simplistic. I suppose it would have to be, since I only have 2-3 pages double spaced. That was a hard argument to come up with, by the way. I’m dodging fallacies everywhere.
I stake so much on these writing assignments. Well, the grade stakes a lot on these assignments. I get so worried that the basic premise of my essay is faulty. If it is, everything crumbles.
So… that’s why these writing assignments have me a little stressed. A little bit. I can’t decide whether they ought to stress me more, or if I’m already overreacting. I mean, these assignments are important- writing is 80% of the grade. And I should be concerned with my grades and with school. However, I’m already doing the best I can, and I don’t think stressing more will help me do any better.
What I could really do with is more time. We aren’t given a lot of time between the time we go over the reading material that precursors the assignment and the actual assignment. And it’s not like we get to turn in a rough draft, either. But we can submit a rewrite. In the case of this position paper, the rewrite will be a third of the final score for that paper.
This is going to be difficult. Especially since very few people have a good idea of what art is and isn’t anyway. I hope people don’t mistake the Humanities for a soft major, there is a lot of critical thinking involved in something like this.