English Paper on Reading Response for “Don’t Send in the Clones”

Maureen Dowd’s main argument in the article “Don’t Send in the Clones” is that, rather than avoiding people who do not fit our narcissistic preferences, we ought to appreciate and embrace our differences. This, she argues, will facilitate social growth and foster creativity. To support this argument, Dowd reasons that we learn important life lessons from people with whom we may have little to nothing in common.  She illustrates this using her experience in college, where she learned that it is possible to dislike people in spite of your similarities and to like people, in spite of your differences. An important example she uses to illustrate this is that of a cynical young woman who thought that prom queens who liked N’ Sync and wore cute outfits were shallow. Upon having a roommate with these attributes, she learned that the stereotypes she had in mind were unfounded, and even stood to gain from the friendship.

The intended audience for this article is the group of young people joining college. I know this because the author signs off by offering a piece of advice to people who do not know what life in college is meant to be. I also know this because the author refers directly to readers who are leaving behind high school to redefine and reinvent themselves as adults. Based on this reading, readers can react to the author’s message by being ready and accepting to make friends with people they have little in common. Instead of using apps like RoomBug and URoomSurf which link up potential roommates based on tastes and preferences, college students should willingly interact with whoever they find as they stand to gain a lot.