Writing Assignment 2: How Things Get to Be Cool
The cartoon sequence (Figure 1 in your handout) presents an implicit theory abouthow––and why––things get to be “cool.” After a careful reading of the cartoon, you are askedto evaluate derf’s theory of “how it works.” In other words, you will be testing his theoryagainst your own experience of shifting fads and fashions, of how things come to be “in,” andhow they go “out” again.
During the course of the essay, address the following:
1. Pin down what derf’s theory actually is.
2. Interpret the meaning or “message” presented by derf.
3. Choose a fad or style that you or close friends adopted and see how closely derf’stheory explains your experience.
Your essay should make it clear whether your experience affirms, revises, or refutes derf’s theory. Shoot for 3-4 pages.