Figure 37: Essay Excerpt on Ortega Y. Gasset

Below is an excerpt that falls under the comment “Good Timing.”

You may access the comment by clicking on the “G” category or by typing the title into the search box.

You may print the excerpt for class discussions.

The following excerpt represents a good example of how the student pieces together and offers a perspective about the author’s ideas. Let’s examine the excerpt.

Sample Excerpt

Several critics support Gasset’s assertion. They prove with their examples, observations, and careful analysis the validity of Gassett’s view.  Serge Moscovici’s “The Age of the Crowd” looks at the crowd, or mass, as a social animal breaking its leash:  “the masses are like a heap of bricks without course or mortar, liable to collapse at the first hint of bad weather, since there is nothing to hold them together” (5).  This view is based upon the masses being followers and not leaders and it falls under the concept of mass psychology.  Mass psychology is one of two human sciences that has left its mark in history.  The term crowd, or mass, was first recognized during the French Revolution, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that the term was given definition, scientifically collective.

Figure 37: Essay Excerpt on Ortega Y. Gasset


Timing: the pace of various scenes

First, “Good Timing” is represented in the student’s forethought in providing a definition for “mass psychology.”

Second, in your professor’s mind, this is a recall of a previous idea about Gasset’s assertion of the nature of the mass-man as a follower and not a leader; but the only difference here is that the student has tied the idea to another secondary source. In other words, the thesis and this theme of the mass-man as a follower are equally considerable and applicable in another example/context.

Timing within the context of the excerpt relates to “follow-up” and “follow-through.” Refer to the comment “Follow-Up/Follow-Through (Good/Perfect)” for an extended explanation.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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