(Closed) Is that not what I JUST said?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think its the same answer. I would go talk to an advisor to see what you needed to do.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree that it’s totally nit-picky.

BUT your answer seems to address more the emotional impact of the photos, while her idea of the correct answer deals more with the power of the photos to deliver factual content. Small difference, but I see her point. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sorry, I hate to disagree, but it seems to me here that the key is the word “reliable.” The response feedback tells a slightly different story than your answer does. According to the response feedback, Riis used photos because they were more convincing and they were more convincing because they seem more reliable than just words. Your answer missed that last important part. Your answer states that photos have a bigger impact on people, but not why. 

You still did very well though! 30/33 is a great score!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@stillme:

Sorry, didn’t see your post before I posted mine…

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the professor has a point, you were talking about emotionally impact (and you used “effect” wrong), while the professor wanted you to get across that the photos are more factual and reliable.  Also your answer wasn’t very succinct.  

(Sorry, I should have said this in a nicer way)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

@Lemma: Totally agree. The teacher wanted you to point out the objectiveness/factual-nature of photographs, which makes them more reliable than the written word (which is inherently subjective). And since you didn’t explicitly touch on the importance of the factual-nature of photographs, I could see why your professor marked you down for this response.

On a tangential note, though, the notion that photographs are more “factual” than writing is not true at all. Susan Sontag (and many others) debunked that thinking a while ago. Regarding the Pain of Others is a fabulous book that talks extensively about how photographs are just as subjective as other mediums, like writing. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the teacher is being super nit-picky.

I think your comment about the photos being used to “help strengthen [the journalist’s] case” covers the reliability aspect that the teacher claims she wanted to see.

Just because you said it in a different way doesn’t mean that the two versions don’t mean the same thing.

ETA: I also disagree that photos are inhertently more factual than the written word – but that’s another story.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had a prof that wanted me to be more succinct and graded down based on it.  It was a frustrating lesson, but helpful.  (Not that am always good at doing it!) 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry but to me that’s not the right answer.

Pictures convery facutal information. You said pictures effect people, more than words.

The second bolded part though, I agree.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Honestly I would try to do your assignment earlier and then make an appointment to see her during office hours. Explain that you just want to clairfy what exactly she is looking for and then you can make adjustments before the final due date.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@sleepingbeauty88: I agree with your last post. You’re right that the teacher’s question was very open-ended, and your response seems perfectly fine to me (though slightly different from what she wanted, but that doesn’t necessarily make it incorrect). I didn’t realize it was an art history class…. seems like an odd question for that kind of class! 

Good call on dropping it. Sounds like an exercise in frustration.

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