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Have you seen this article in the Salt Lake Tribune? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57219005-80/mission-missionaries-early-says.html.csp. It just came out this morning.
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This is a good topic, though you need to be sure to ground it some good secondary sources. That's the irony, I suppose, of a project like this one: it takes aim at academia but it can't avoid academia if it wishes for its argument to gain maximum credibility. In fact, credibility is a huge part of what sustains academia despite the gross inefficiencies of the system. So I'd find some good secondary sources on this subject -- academic ones (from, say, sociologists who have studied fandom). They'll help you be more careful about your claims, ground your analysis, and give your argument a force it would lack if it were only an opinion piece.
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I agree with Dr Burton. You might be wise here to engage critically a single prominent argument rather than trying to get your head around the entire subject in only 1200 words. The narrower, the better: take a small section of somebody's argument concerning the singularity, discuss the assumptions and implications that argument makes, and tell us what the significance is of your intervention.
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Hi, Mele. As you say, there's quite a bit of good secondary material out there on this subject. So why not find a couple particularly prominent arguments and really analyze them? That will give you more of an angle onto what is really a huge subject (as evidenced by the amount of secondary material on it!).
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Let me add one small thing. I like this project and think it has real value. I wonder, though, whether it's the "reputab[ility]" of the LDS online community that's really at stake or whether it involves something like that community's capacity to harness the full capabilities of the media it employs. And if it is reputability that you're truly addressing then you need to explain why and to whom this reputation would matter.

Other than that, I agree with Dr. Burton that you need to be a bit more analytical in your approach. This is a good project, however, and it stands to make a genuine contribution.
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We spoke yesterday about your project, Paul. It looks really promising.
I Got a Little Eager
I Got a Little Eager
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You've done a lot of good work already, Greg, and your project shows real promise. Let me provide just one bit of critical feedback, which is that you might consider reigning in your thesis just a little. You're making a massive claim that's difficult to support, but you can still speak to the topic if you engage others' claims about virtual civilizations (or the concept of "civilization" itself in the virtual world). In other words, you might consider playing the critic -- commenting on the mechanics and limitations of certain arguments concerning the long-term implications of our digital moment -- as much or more than playing the philosopher speculating about a future you cannot prove.
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I think your project looks good, mostly. You've done some good homework on the social proof front. Be careful, though, not to confuse online feedback with statistically significant feedback. Try to ascertain just what information you're likely to get, and not get, through an online survey and what those results may reveal and also conceal.
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