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Developing a Thesis Statement for a Paper. FYS 100 Creative Discovery in Digital Art Forms Fall 2008 Burg. Choosing a Topic. Choosing a topic for a paper is one of the most important parts of writing.

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developing a thesis statement for a paper

Developing a Thesis Statement for a Paper

FYS 100

Creative Discovery in Digital Art Forms

Fall 2008

Burg

choosing a topic
Choosing a Topic
  • Choosing a topic for a paper is one of the most important parts of writing.
  • You have to choose something that you can talk about specifically, concretely, vividly, and interestingly.
thesis statement
Thesis Statement
  • A thesis for a paper is the main point of the paper.
  • You should be sure that your paper has a thesis.
  • A thesis statement is one sentence that explicitly expresses the main point. (Sometimes the thesis can be expressed more clearly in more than one sentence.)
where do you put the thesis statement
Where do you put the thesis statement?
  • A traditional way to organize a paper is to make the thesis statement the last sentence of the introduction.
  • Everything in the introduction before the thesis statement leads the readers to the main point.
developing a thesis statement for your research paper
Developing a Thesis Statement for your Research Paper
  • The general topic area of your research is “creativity in digital media.”
  • The general question is this:
    • Is computer-generated art less creative than traditional art?
    • Does the computer take over the creative process too much?
    • Does the computer make things “too easy,” so that you don’t really have to exercise your creativity to make something that can be called “art”?
a possible thesis statement
A Possible Thesis Statement
  • Thesis statement:
    • There are lots of possibilities for creativity in digital media.
  • Critique of this thesis statement:
    • Expressed very informally.
    • Not very exciting in the way it’s expressed.
    • It would be easy to illustrate this with concrete, specific examples.
    • It might be too general. Should it be focused on one medium – e.g., digital photography, digital drawing and painting, or digital music production?
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A Possible Thesis Statement
  • Thesis statement:
    • Being creative in digital media involves bringing art and science together in innovative and fascinating ways.
  • Critique of this thesis statement:
    • It’s expressed in a more interesting way than the last one.
    • You’d have to be careful in your examples. If you talk about the science, you don’t want to do it in a superficial way, and you need to be correct.
    • There are lots of interesting examples in this area, but you’d have to dig them out.
a possible thesis statement2
A Possible Thesis Statement
  • Thesis statement:
    • “Art” can be created by either digital or traditional means. What makes art “art” isn’t the tool that is used, but the creativity of the artist.
  • Critique of this thesis statement:
    • This is a good point.
    • “What makes art ‘art’” is difficult to pin down. You’d have to be careful not to end up with a bunch of glittering generalities.
    • You’d need concrete examples and specific language,even though the ideas are abstract.
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A Possible Thesis Statement
  • Thesis statement: The work of … exemplifies the creative possibilities of digital art (or digital music production).
  • Critique of this thesis statement:
    • It’s more focused than the others, which is good.
    • You’d need to find specific supporting details from the artist’s work.
    • You’d need to talk specifically about the digital techniques that this artist uses and the ways in which his or her creativity is employed.
    • Can you write at least ten pages about this?
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A Possible Thesis Statement
  • Thesis statement:
    • Some people think that using prefabricated loops in music production is “cheating.” Actually, there are many ways in which a musician can use loops creatively.
  • Critique of this thesis statement:
    • It’s focused and specific, which is good.
    • It’s an interesting point that not all readers will already know about.
    • You’d have to know a good bit about loops and how they are used creatively in order to get at least ten pages out of this topic.
    • It would be good to illustrate this with specific musicians, but it might be difficult to know if they actually used pre-fabricated loops or created their own.
what to do
What to do?
  • Any of the ideas just presented could work for your research paper.
  • You need to refine the ideas.
  • Be sure you have lots of supporting details that are
    • Specific
    • Concrete
    • Vivid
    • Convincing
    • Relevant
  • Don’t just write a bunch of glittering generalities!
  • Make abstract ideas as clear and concrete as possible. Use
    • Explicit language
    • Examples
    • Metaphors and analogies
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