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Sample Document: 3 NowComment Usage Tips

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1. Different Topics, Different Conversations

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There can be multiple conversations going on about any sentence, paragraph, image, or video, so each conversation can stay on-topic. New topic? Start a new conversation! For example, when I mention Thanksgiving here, note the separate history and food conversations.

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Jessica Phillips (Sep 21 2012 4:39PM) : Many Americans just know that we eat a *whole* lot of turkey on the fourth Thursday in November. more

According to the National Turkey Federation:
“In 2010, more than 244 million turkeys were raised. More than 226 million were consumed in the United States. We estimate that 46 million of those turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving…”
http://www.eatturkey.com/consumer/history/history.html

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Tom Turkey (Sep 21 2012 4:41PM) : I heartily recommend tofurkey instead... delicious! more
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Rachel Wang (Sep 21 2012 4:45PM) : Other countries and cultures have autumn harvest festivals (feast holidays!) similar to Thanksgiving: more

• Argentina: Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
• Barbados: Crop over:
• China: August Moon (mid-Autumn) Festival
• Germany: Erntedank
• Ghana: Homowo Festival
• India: Pongal
• Japan: Niiname-sai, Shinjo-sai
• Jewish: Sukkot
• Korea: Chu-Sok
• Mehregan: Iran
• Nigeria: Ikore
• Poland: Doynki
• Turkmenista: Hasyl toy
• Vietnam: Tết Trung Thu

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Brandon Marsh (Sep 21 2012 4:18PM) : The origins of Thanksgiving go back to George Washington more

“On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as an official holiday of “sincere and humble thanks” (for victory in the Revolutionary War and for the new Constitution). From the National Archives website:
http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=2591

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(Sep 21 2012 4:32PM) : That same articles highlights Pres. Lincoln's role in making it an ongoing national holiday more

’On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln made the traditional Thanksgiving celebration a nationwide holiday to be commemorated each year on the fourth Thursday of November. In the midst of a bloody Civil War, President Lincoln issued a Presidential Proclamation in which he enumerated the blessings of the American people and called upon his countrymen to "set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of “Thanksgiving.”’

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Jessica Phillips (Sep 21 2012 4:33PM) : The phrase "Black Friday" was coined in Philadelphia to describe the heavy and disruptive traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. more

fearful turkey at Thanksgiving time
 

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  • To start a new conversation, just double click whatever you want to comment on (or the paragraph number for videos).
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2. Write an Expressive "Summary of Comment"

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Somewhat like an email subject line, NowComment comments have a Summary of Comment field ("Summary") that provides a quick overview of your basic point(s). If everything you want to say fits in the Summary that’s fine… but usually you’ll want to provide some examples or details, explore alternatives, identify implications, etc. Put these elaborations into the optional “Full Comment” field.

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Unlike email, don’t keep the same Summary when replying; it's there for you to notify the group of your main points. The comments on this amazing painting show how it’s done:

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Raft of the Medusa painting

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Brandon Marsh (Sep 21 2012 4:19PM) : The picture is truly larger than life, 16 feet tall x 23.5 feet wide. I've seen it in person, it's amazing; the dark sky and high seas really convey the overwhelming power of the storm.
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(Sep 21 2012 4:20PM) : Théodore Géricault worked for 18 months to depict a historical event that happened three years earlier, the aftermath of the wreck of the French ship Méduse. more

Per Wikipedia:

“In June 1816, the French frigate Méduse departed from Rochefort, bound for the Senegalese port of Saint-Louis. She headed a convoy of three other ships…it ran aground on a sandbank off the West African coast, near today’s Mauritania. The collision was widely blamed on the incompetence of De Chaumereys, a returned émigré who lacked experience and ability, but had been granted his commission as a result of an act of political preferment.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Raft_of_the_Medusa

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Brandon Marsh (Sep 21 2012 4:21PM) : The King was blamed for the incompetence of the French captain, it was a political black eye for the king. more

In fact, the king didn’t have a say in the captain’s appointment.

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(Sep 21 2012 4:25PM) : It's incredible that anyone survived 13 days adrift on the raft, but a few did. more

147 people started out on the raft but only 15 (10%) survived the 13 days of starvation, dehydration, cannibalism, and madness.

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Jessica Phillips (Sep 21 2012 4:29PM) : Géricault's stylized rendering shows them muscular and healthy. This seems inaccurate; given their conditions I'd think they would be in terrible shape. more

That Wikipedia article says that Géricault spent a lot of time on research, including how to render the flesh tones of dead bodies; I’m surprised he drew the survivors as he did.

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(Sep 23 2012 7:03AM) : Note also the artistic composition of how Géricault arranged the people; showing each one at a different angle draws the viewer into the dynamics and drama of the scene.
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To comment on a particular segment of a video, put the start and end times at the beginning of the Summary, as shown in this chocolate mystery:

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Rachel Wang (Sep 21 2012 4:53PM) : 0:01 to 0:04 -- Mom sets a cleverly-worded, devious trap. more

UVA Prof. Robyn Kondrad teaches a class studying how children learn to lie. She says it’s actually a difficult cognitive task for a kid to learn to keep in mind what Mom knows, what she expects you to have done, what evidence might compromise your position, etc. etc.

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(Sep 21 2012 4:58PM) : 0:40 - 0:48 -- After his verbal dodges fail, Jesse hits upon a 2-part alternate strategy. more

1. Kiss the camera as a diversion
2. Run away!!

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3. Things You Don’t Need to Do

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  • write your name or the paragraph# —the system adds both automatically.
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  • say that you’re replying to a certain comment —your comment will be automatically indented below the other one to show the connection.
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