Reflective – Water

Core Value 1. My work demonstrates that I used a variety of social and interactive practices that involve recursive stages of exploration, discovery, conceptualization, and development.

I believe I accomplished this core value during the white paper assignment, For this assignment, the goal was to get familiar with your sources and to annotate everything that comes to mind. You either had to find sources that either support your claim or you’d find something that was against your hypothesis, which would have later been proved against. For my case, the white paper was more of storing sources and later finding what parts of the text would I be using later on, since my hypothesis was to prove why the lack of data fed into facial recognition software can be misleading and could cause more harm than to be of use. One of the source I used served multiple purpose not only to define what facial recognition is but also show the flaws on how the software is not reliable, and can be misleading.

Core Value 2. My work demonstrates that I read critically, and that I placed texts into conversation with one another to create meaning by synthesizing ideas from various discourse communities. 

In my definition essay, I feel like I accomplished this goal when I was tasked to provide a definitional claim: to define what facial recognition was and how it was meant to be used. I used my sources from my white paper and took definitions/meanings given to the word facia recognition and by using the author’s words I would explain what they tried to say and make a connection with my hypothesis. By having the definition of facial recognition I would introduce the problems they provide, such as factors of poor lighting and bad angles that could ruin the data sets used to record people’s faces, another problem of facial recognition would racial bias and leaving out people of different sexual orientations. By leaving out other parties and other races you limit the results by only having certain people be on record making accuracy poor.

Core Value 3. My work demonstrates that I rhetorically analyzed the purpose, audience, and contexts of my own writing and other texts and visual arguments.

I felt like I accomplished the core value during my causal argument, to understand the task assigned you would have to know what the purpose/use of facial recognition is and understand the problem or cause created by either the problems of datasets having little to barely information regarding other parties consisting of members of the LGBTQ+ community. After gathering the background information I would have to understand and properly represent the consequences of what facial recognition can do for one who is wrongfully accused of something they may have not committed. I used the scenario of someone wrongfully being convicted of a crime they may have not been involved but since the program came to the conclusion that the person behind the bars did the crime the police would obviously have a bias towards the program. The core value required me to understand the consequences of poor accuracy facial recognition concludes with can lead to a tedious and time consuming procedure that would wrongfully incarcerate someone.

Core Value 4: My work demonstrates that I have met the expectations of academic writing by locating, evaluating, and incorporating illustrations and evidence to support my own ideas and interpretations.

For the final part of the 3000-word essay we had to find a “worthy opponent,” the task required us to find the perspective opposite of our claim, the side that would have the most attention, for example, my counter-opposing side would be supporting facial recognition and how it is not faulty and near-perfect accuracy. Big-name companies such as Amazon were one of the corporations I was trying to disprove and have a rebuttal to what they were stating on their website. I had to use their own words against them, by using their “near perfect accuracy” phrasings used when describing what their facial recognition software to disprove and say that they are wrong and the reason for them being wrong would be revealed via the follow up sentence in their website, specifically stating the only flaw to poor matchmaking would be due to the poor lighting within the take pictures that were being stored in the memory bank of the program, which was a misplay on their part by having near perfect accuracy and mistake within eachother.

Core Value 5. My work demonstrates that I respect my ethical responsibility to represent complex ideas fairly and to the sources of my information with appropriate citation. 

I accomplished this core value in the overall assignment of the 3000-word essay, not only did the claims have counterintuitive aspects but it also made the reader think about the opposing side and how based on the reading provided it made it clear that the hypothesis debunked/deconstructed the claim being made against my hypothesis. I had appropriate citations when providing the sources to aid me in my paper, the authors were carefully mentioned and the messages they tried to send out were heard and rephrased accordingly, if an author said facial recognition was racially biased and unfair to those of the LGBTQ+ community I would carefully use the words provided in the text to expand my statement and to also build questions that would be asked if I were to have a debate over the idea on facial recognition, the sources would be the topics used to gain attention and to make it seem like the winning side.

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