Phase One

Week One

Hello everyone, my name is Emily and I am a 21-year-old exchange student from Berlin. I am studying English & Professional Writing here at York for the Fall 2018 and the Winter 2019 term, whereas at home I study German Literature and American studies. My biggest passion is reading basically whichever book I get into my hands, but most recently I am focusing on literature that is considered to be feminist. I am very interested in that field as well as in European and North American politics. Considering this I am overly excited about the course project and looking forward to dive deep into a feminist or politic related opinion piece. Although the podcast and not only writing but also recording myself in a language that isn´t my first is kind of frightening me, I am also thankful for the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and increase my knowledge on topics I am really passionate about.

Speaking for myself a research tactic commonly used by me and my fellow students is using the References section on Wikipedia. It is an extremely easy way to start your research as you have a Wikipedia entry on nearly every topic you can think about and this is most of the time the first thing that shows up when you google a topic. It is extremely helpful to start your research this way as there are many sources already listed for you and you don´t have to start from scratch.

Week Two

We live in a diverse world where many people have different opinions on topics and I believe that this diversity is a good base for discussion. Having an opinion is important for each individual. Opinions are developed mostly based on education and surroundings, but also through the media and social media and are therefore very subjective.

As for all knowledge being simply a matter of opinion I am not so sure that this is true. As the YouTube video states, an opinion is subjective, based on emotion rather than facts and open to interpretation. Knowledge is (most of the times) something that is based on facts and can therefore be proven as wrong or right. To be more precise, we defined a matter of opinion in the lecture as “something not being capable of being proven either way“. Therefore I don’t think it is possible to assert that all knowledge is simply a matter of opinion.