This Water Discussion Video Board

For this week’s discussion board, watch “This is Water” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. by David Foster Wallace and answer the following questions in 2-3 paragraphs:

  1. Given what you have learned so far this week, how do you think critical thinking applies to Wallace’s overall message? How can critical thinking improve living a life in which you are more aware of yourself and your surroundings? Explain how narrow-mindedness impedes critical thinking.
  2. Like the fish taking for granted that it lives in water, what sorts of things do you think that you might not take the time to appreciate or notice in your own life? What are some of the barriers you face that keep you from analyzing your experiences and worldviews, as well as the experiences and worldviews of others?

Originality and Thoughtfulness

______ (0-3 pts) Are your responses original, and not just regurgitated ideas? Do they show unique thought? Are you giving careful consideration to the questions asked or are your responses superficial and rushed?


______ (0-3 pts) Are your responses factually accurate, i.e. are you correctly applying key concepts and terminology? Do your responses show that you’ve actually done the readings and engaged with other assigned media?

Composition, Spelling, and Grammar

______ (0-2 pts) Is your language clear and precise college-level writing? Are you using correct terminology? Did you proofread your writing carefully? Do your responses meet the minimum length requirement?

Peer Response

______ (0-2 pts) Did you respond to at least one other post? Is your response appropriate? Is it just a simple comment, or does it add to the original poster’s ideas? Is it insightful?

Total points possible: 10