Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Using English In the Business World

And now for an object lesson in what an English major is good for. Here, NPR reporters connect Great Works of Literature (King Lear, Oedipus, Wiley Coyote...--wait, from Roadrunner cartoons?!) to the notion that the government is heading toward a "Fiscal Cliff."

If you've been following this news story at all, it may seem to be a muddle of politicians' rhetoric. But using your knowledge of literature, you can identify the strands (including the whopping doses of chicanery) and think your way through to what it all means.

You have the tools to make sense out of what is happening in the world around you. That's a strong selling point for English majors in the real world!

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