Tyler Perry*s Money Machine* and *Do I Look Like Public Enemy

“Tyler Perry’s Money Machine” and
“Do I Look Like Public Enemy
Number One?”
Discussion of “Tyler Perry’s Money
Machine” p. 346
• What is the main point or thesis of this article?
• What point is Eugene Robinson making about Tyler Perry’s
movies and the representation of African Americans in
• In this article, Robinson shows that he is aware of the discussion
that is already going on about the representation of African
Americans in Hollywood by bringing up the trope (commonly
used theme or literary device, similar to “cliché”) of the
“magical Negro.” What exactly is this trope? Can you think of
any examples of it other than the ones Robinson lists?
• According to Robinson, how are the Tyler Perry movies different
from those that use the “magical Negro” trope?
“Do I Look Like Public Enemy Number
One?” p. 45
• What are some of the ways that the author,
Lorraine Ali, learns about the Arabic part of
her heritage? What influence does American
pop culture have on her perception of Arabic
Making Connections
• We have now read two more essays about the
issues of diversity, representation, and popular
• Do you notice any common threads? Can you
connect some of Lorraine Ali and Eugene
Robinson’s ideas to the essays from last week?
• For example: What do you think Ali (the writer of
“Do I Look Like Public Enemy Number One?”
would have to say about the ideas expressed in
“TV Diversity: Whose Job is it, Anyway?”
Preparing for College Level Research
• Tell me about a time when you had to do
research. This might be research you did for
school, research into a product you were
thinking of buying, research into how to apply
for student aid, etc.
– What did you need to find out?
– Where did you go for information?
– How did you know which sources of information
to trust?
There are Three Steps to Using
• Find sources and choose the best ones for
your purpose.
• Read the sources carefully, keeping track of
your own reactions to the author’s ideas and
using your sources as a springboard for your
own contribution to the discussion.
• Use the sources in your essay, giving proper
credit in the body of the essay and at the end,
using MLA format.
Finding/Choosing Sources
• Why do you need to include sources in your
– To show your audience that you are aware of the
conversation that is already going on.
– To give your audience context for an argument
you will make.
– To support a point you are making.
– To provide an example of an opposing point of
view that you will then counter.
Where Can I Find Sources?
College Databases
College Library
Public Library
The Internet
Library Resources
• Library Databases can be accessed through
the College Library website.
– Databases are collections of articles that have
appeared, either in print or online, in various
• Potentially useful databases:
– Proquest National Newspapers
– Ethnic News Watch
Some Tips on Using the Databases
• If you don’t get many results at first, try changing your
search terms. For example, if you don’t get any hits for
“black people and shows about space” try “African
Americans and science fiction,” then try something else
using related words.
• Pay attention to the suggestions the databases make about
related subjects.
• Make sure to check the “full text” search option so that you
will be able to access any results you want.
• Email or save any results that interest you to read later. You
may also print out articles here if you have a print card.
• Make sure that you keep a record of any sources you use
from the databases.
Evaluating Online Sources
• Any sources you find through the databases are
likely to be “reputable” sources, but what about
typing your search terms into google or another
search engine?
• This can be an excellent way to find resources
that are very new and haven’t been included in
the databases yet, BUT there’s a lot of junk out
• SO, how can you tell the junk from the good
Evaluating Online Sources
• See p. 344 of Everyone’s an Author
• Who takes responsibility for the piece of writing?
Is it a publication with an online presence? Is it
an organization with a good reputation?
• In what ways does the author establish
• Is the piece of writing presented well? (Are the
points well argued/explained? Does the author
display an awareness of the ongoing
conversation? Does the piece of writing use clear
grammar, spelling, and punctuation?)
Step 2: Read the Sources You Chose
• Read them all the way through. Unless you decide
after the first paragraph that the source is not useful to
you, how can you possibly respond to a source you’ve
only skimmed?
• Identify the author’s big claims. Do you agree with
them? If so, do you have anything to add to the
author’s support? If not, how would you counter the
author’s argument?
• Keep notes on your sources. Highlight. Write questions
in the margins. Make connections between what one
source says and another source says.
Step 2: Read the Sources You Chose
• A couple more things about sources…
– Just because you find a source and read it doesn’t
mean you have to use it. If you read a source and
don’t like it, keep looking.
– Keep researching throughout the writing process. If
you find a wonderful source with all kinds of good
ideas you want to respond to after you wrote a draft,
that’s fine. Include that source and your response
when you revise.
– Keep track of every source you use ideas or quotes
from in your paper. You will need to be able to find the
source again when you give it credit.
What does this mean for OUR Essay #1
• Right now you need to be reading everything
you can find about your specific topic relating
to diversity and the media.
• Read general articles about pop culture and
diversity to start out if you would like, but you
need to be reading articles about a specific
film/show/musical group or a specific genre or
a specific minority group.
Step 3: Using Sources and Giving
• You’ve found your sources, read them, annotated them, and
you’re ready to use your sources in your essay.
• So… which quotes should you use?
– Quotes that contain ideas you want to respond to.
– Quotes where the original source’s wording is especially good or
important to your response.
– Quotes where the original source explains a complex idea clearly and
– Quotes that contain ideas that would make most people want proof.
• Any quote you use should have an explanation/response that is
TWICE AS LONG as the original quote. If a quote takes up two full
lines of your paper, the explanation/response to that quote
should take up FOUR.
What I expect from a rough draft:
• A draft is a first attempt of your essay. This
means that while it may be rough, it should be
a complete essay with a length between 2 and
5 full pages.
• The longer and more complete your draft is,
the more useful your peer and instructor
feedback will be.
• Your draft must be typed, and you must print
out three copies for peer review.

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