Commonplace Entries

Entry One

  1. “Ten persons is too small for a polis; but a hundred thousand is too large.”

a. The right number is probably somewhere between ten persons and hundred thousand.

(a.) The difference here is I got rid of the semicolon and period and made this sentence much broader.

b. A hundred thousand is too large for a polis; but ten persons is too small.

(b.) By just switching the two sentences, it produces a different perspective, however the difference between this and the original is not large.

  1. “Sample arguments are nearly all written by Americans; and the issues for debate are mostly ‘American’ issues”

a. The issues for debate are mostly American and the sample arguments are nearly all written by Americans.

(a.) It is interesting to notice how the use of a semicolon can create such organization and order in a sentence. After removing it, it seems to sound and feel much more complicated.

  1. “But the ways we conceptualize, discuss, and teach politics are not fully explained by simple reference to economic, technological, and other material forces.”a. Simple reference to economic, technological, and other material forces do not explain the ways we conceptualize, discuss, and teach politics.(a.) By switching up the words, this (as well as one above) gives a new perspective to the reader. One that can be thought to be more understandable.

  1. “Only the representatives could express, discuss, and decide; only they exercised truly public freedom.”

    a. Only representatives excersize public freedom through expression, discussion, and decision.

    (a.) By describing that representatives could exercise public freedom first and changing the ending of the words, it seems to be a portal that shows how representatives exercise the freedom differently.

    Entry Two

    They say “Some motorists with high incomes but bad driving records may pay less for car insurance than lower-income consumers with pristine records, a new analysis has found” however I say that is unfair. Driving records are one of the only things that should dictate how much money you must pay for car insurance, along with what kind of car you drive, age, etc. However income is unfair and should not be a factor.


    Entry Three

    Sentence: “Let’s go, don’t wait, this night’s almost over. Honest, lets make this night last forever.” the-road-doesnt-end-when-the-world-does-just-dont-forget-your-towel-hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy

    Although the word “forever” is towards the end of the two sentences, I believe this is the root of everything. It makes you think. Whenever I hear these lyrics, I always think of one specific person who happens to be a female. What do other people think about when they hear this? The words come together to create almost an erie feeling.

    Changed Sentence: “Hold on, let’s wait, this night hasn’t started. Certainly, nothing last forever.”

    Entry Five

    “Shall Property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”

    Broken Down: “Should there be taxes for students going to University of Georgia to make it more affordable?”

    List of Words that Pop Out:

    1. Property

    2. Exempt

    3. Affordable

    4. Taxation

    I believe the most important thing to think about in this quote is, who is the audience? The audience would most likely be a committee that can answer this question, essentially they are the deciders. By design, it should be easy to understand and interpret, however the wording is a bit off-putting. Being exempt from taxation basically means that you don’t pay taxes for that year, and those who would be exempt are the providers of college. Those providers are the ones who pay the tuition, so it seems like this is a bad thing when in reality it is helpful.