Updating Nickel and Dimed
If you weren't at the July 30 session read one of the articles below--your choice. Each of the articles deals with the issue of low wage labor in the last two years. In the comment box below write a response in which you discuss the relationship between the CBS news article and Barbara Ehrenreich's book. You should characterize the relationship with a bold, insightful claim. Then develop and support the claim in your response.
CBS News Articles on Low Wages
If you weren't at the July 30 session you should also watch the video below and read the commentary below. Both the video and the commentary show ways of responding to counterarguments. (Counterarguments oppose the point you are trying to make. In order to argue effectively it is important to anticipate and address the arguments of the other side either through controlled concession or sharp refutation.
In the comment box write down a possible counterargument (or counterclaim) for your proposal(s) for addressing the problem of low wage work in America. Then respond to the counterargument in a way that strengthens your position.
Robert Reich, "Raise the Minimum Wage"
Evan Soltas, "Two Reasons Not to Raise the Minimum Wage"
Extras to watch if you're interested in more.
Morgan Spurlock, 30 Days: Minimum Wage (2005)
(one to two minute clip)
(nine to ten minute clip)