A challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities

I have been waiting to reveal the video below for a while. I don’t remember exactly how we got here, but I know it’s the result of working with wonderfully zany and creative people.

Shortly after we knew we would be teaching an open online course about research writing, which naturally includes helping students understand logic and argumentation, an idea came up in conversation. It was something like, “We should do a spoof on the song Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen. It would be called Do You Want to Build a Straw Man?” Before I knew it, Tom Woodward had posted some lyrics in a Google Doc and away we went. Throw in Molly Ransone’s amazing videography and Alana Robinson’s creative spirit and amazing connections to creative and talented people like VCU student Tommy McPhail, and magic like the video below happens.

The lyrics are about straw man arguments, and the video highlights internet culture, where straw men abound. I don’t know if you can appreciate the amount of creative thought and energy that went into the video, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

There are some fun things we can do with this video, from deconstructing the lyrics to identifying the various highlights of internet culture.

For now, though, I’m throwing out a joint challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities. I think it would be awesome and super helpful to the current #thoughtvectors students and all future UNIV200 students (and, really, anyone studying logic and argumentation) to have some fun open educational resources about logical fallacies.

Inspired by the video above, and given that Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies, what could you create?

July 14th, 2014 by