Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Generic College Paper - Satire Example Per Request

Hello to the students at today's NMSI Colonial Forge Session!  Per request, here is The Generic College Paper. (Click here for original)

A GENERIC COLLEGE PAPER.
BY JON WU

Since the beginning of time, bullshit, flowery over-generalization with at least one thesaurus’d vocabulary word. In addition, irrelevant and misleading personal anecdote. However, oversimplification of first Googled author (citation: p. 37). Thesis statement which doesn’t follow whatsoever from the previous.

Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of structured essay writing. Therefore, supporting sentence invoking source that exists only in the bibliographies of other cited material (pp. arbitrary to arbitrary + 5). Contemplative question? Definitive refutation paraphrased from a blog found at 2AM:

“MASSIVE BLOCK TEXT TO LEND LEGITIMACY TO THIS SORRY ENDEAVOR.”
— Legitimate-sounding Anglo Saxon name (year between 1859 and 1967)

Obviously, non-sequitur segue. Utter misinterpretation of the only other author researched for this paper. Blind search for evidence reflecting increasing desperation (authors 4, 5, and 6). Moreover, loose observation to try to force coherence. Indeed, an attempt at humor!

Hence, statement violating every principle of syllogism followed by unnecessary semi-colon; forgettable punch line. Open-ended question undoing what little intellectual progress has been made? Filler sentence, which breaks entire flow of argument, specifically designed with maximum complexity in mind so as to solve lingering word minimum concerns.


Unconvincing conclusion statement. Empty belief that prompt has been answered sufficiently and requires no further investigation by anyone, ever. Last sentence, which consumed approximately 95% of the total mental effort dedicated—still reads clunky.


For everyone else, this is an excellent example of satire, courtesy of Jon Wu, which I used to help introduce a concept used by The Onion during an AP Lang lesson today.

Enjoy!