Starting Point Question
How am I to write a descriptive paper on a third place that doesn’t exist in my everyday life? I work 5 days a week anywhere from 30-36 hours a week. I attend classes at Macomb Community College 3 times a week. Then when I’m not working or at school, I’m taking care of my two-year old son. I pretty much have a set lifestyle that some may call boring. But I look at it as having priorities and goals that I want to accomplish to a better lifestyle for my son and I.
Identifying Gaps in the Existing Discourse
I realized that in the papers and articles that I’ve read that this third place has to be somewhere outside of work and school. I thought how is that possible if it can’t be at home or if you’re a homebody. I do not agree to what Oldenburg has stated about what a third party is and how it exist. Why? Because I cannot relate and if you don’t live in a small-secluded town where there is about 500 people then you cant relate either. How can I write a third place if I feel I don’t have one according to Oldenburg’s description? Why is home and work the wrong way to describe a third place?
Trying to figure out a way to write a descriptive paper on a third party location I’m not involved in has me stumped. I do not know how I will go about writing this descriptive paper on what Oldenburg considers to be a third place.
Oldenburg states that a third-place is somewhere outside of work. He considers it to be a tavern, pub or mom and pop shops. He states that colleges also cannot be third places because of its architectural format. That they aren’t inviting places where people feel like they’re at home and its not enough social activity on colleges. I don’t agree. Why can’t work and schools be looked at as third places? I feel that if I’m frequent than it should be considered as such. If you are a person who works all day every day and then you go home to family and friends why...