@anxioustube: However, I will note that there is an air of completion when reciprocal cognition occurs in a piece. This can exist in a state from the beginning of a piece that is not clear and by the end of the piece you are completely thrown off guard by something coming full circle. This is clear in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesmen, which fits into Aristotle's construction quite well. In Death of a Salesmen Willy enters the house in a state of clouded thought, to put it lightly. By the end of the play, Willy leaves the house in the same state. The rest of the family thinks nothing of this, much as any audience would, until Willy is killed in an accident right outside his house. This is a sign that reciprocal cognition need not be a thought but possibly a state and/or action. The same can be said with a written piece; it may not be a thought, it may be a conveyed feeling that need not be mentioned but is implied in tone.
@excitable_misunderstood_genius: Reciprocal cognition is a piece of his Unites. It is a matter of the Aristotelian method for creating a piece of tragedy, which the Poetics focuses on. There are many other forms of creating works, some of which have absolutely no need to return to the original thought. This is easily observed in the idea of things existing in a masculine state and a feminine state in theatre. In the feminine state there is no need to return to your original point; it is about the journey, not the destination.
@believer258: I enjoy your criticisms and will look into exploring what your saying. However, I think some of the verbosity of my writing may be a result of word count and page length requirements, which are so endemic to my liberal arts education. I literally have not been in a class yet where these requirements did not exist; it's kinda annoying.
@notnert427: There's a part of me that agrees with you. I've made quite the effort to be concise and somehow verbose at the same time. A criticism on here marks me for that, but I think that may be an opinion of the reader than an actual fact or absolute that exists for all people. The syntax of our language is constantly changing and therefore it cannot be said to exist in a perfect state; which is exactly why absolutes, in most things beyond science, are ridiculous.
Also, I'm getting the feeling that it is exactly what I thought: relative.
@imsh_pl: The responses to my question are quite wonderful. I think I agree, the content of what exists in what you are discussing is relative to what you are talking about. Using examples for my work is quite common, and the more I use the better the paper tends to be. I try not to be too verbose; in fact, verbosity is often an annoyance to me; I've even played on this in some poetry I've written.
@believer258: I'll have to look into buying this book. The one paragraph that you quoted is quite intriguing to me and happens to ring true in my experience. One thing that I've learned in creative writing is stream-of-consciousness writing. In this process you abandon everything you've learned about writing and just let loose. This is a great warm-up for any paper. It also happens to be a wonderful healer as well; a mental healer, capable of exploring aspects of who you are what you are doing. This is great for English papers, Arts papers, and Social Science papers. I've only written one science paper and I didn't use stream-of-conscious writing during that time, so I have no clue if it is helpful for that type of writing.
@doenut: I've never taken online classes so I have no experience of this. I've written a thirty page paper on Bosch a couple years back that was very expansive, and it needed to be; to explore my own sentiments, what it meant to me, and how Bosch's history impacted what he created in his art. I was asked by my professor at the time if this was actually my writing because it was so academic. It was, of course, my paper. So I've never really experienced what you were talking about but it's interesting that it exists.
@believer258: It's not a problem that I really have anymore, but I understand where you're coming from and thank you for your input.
One thing I will try to add to this conversation is the question: how can we make reviews more concise without limiting ourselves in what we can explain about the game, movie, book, etc? Examples are clearly key to when writing reviews, as they are in English papers and Art papers, but how can we shorten - or do we - reviews so that they can touch more people yet still explore the wonders of what we experience in - yes, I'm going to say it - a piece of art.
@immortal_guy: @doenut: @mortuss_zero: I happen to agree with most of your sentiments. I disagree that longer for the sake of clarity is necessary. I am a theatre student, and an example of this is found in Uta Hagen's book, Respect for Acting, where she goes in great detail, to a detriment. I have experienced this in other courses as well, especially outside my major, but for me that is a leading example of clarity and concision being lost in the effort to expand upon rather simple ideas.
He's young. He'll learn in a matter of a year or so. He will, or will not, succeed in school; it is not dependent on his hobbies. If his parents continue to push him in a way that highlights academic success, which is actually more important than ever now, especially in a society where ignorance, willful ignorance, is so rampant, he'll be fine.. Don't do anything, just love him. As you say, the internet is a harsh place, so give him support, even though you realize the reality of the situation; which I have no doubt was granted to you by experience, as well. Again, just support him and love him.
So, a question, or rather requirement, often thrown on me in college is to be more concise in my work; although I believe I have tackled this rather well. I was wondering, do you believe the length and scope of a topic need be discussed in a form that focuses on length, e.g. word count, page count, or do you think it is the matter that is important and connections that are formed within a topic paper, discussion, review, etc that make a paper worthwhile? I believe the latter to be true, especially in my work, and although grades really matter for shit, I often get, "A's," on my papers.
Why does this matter on this site? Well, the concept of a short, concise review has popped into my mind on several occasions. And this is not solely connected to reviews, I have voiced this about many of the scholarly works I have read on a multitude of topics.
Also, is this a product of my generation: the millennials? Or is this just the natural evolution of discussion and debate? I don't know. I believe it might be necessary, as technology and our connections to others becomes closer and closer. What do you think?