Whew! A hefty article and should be used as a required material in methodology classes. Because it really simply tells what research and response means in an academical concept.
I agree with Mr. Lucas. Research and Essay (Response) is very negatively charged words. But basically research means searching with quality and sifting through your research results in a thoughtful manner. That’s why you don’t copypasta a resource to your article. You need to think about it, how does, or doesn’t, it support your thesis. What does the resource tell? Then we see three questions which a research in humanities might attempt to answer: Genre, Background and Criticism.
After we sifted through our sources and create a meaningful corpus we then begin to write our response, which will be based on the corpus we generated. “A response uses your research, but goes beyond the facts to state something original about the work - what the work means to you based on your research, understanding and forestructure”.
And we also see new possibilities. Mr. Lucas realizes that the essay form is very cumbersome in our contemporary digital age and offers us tools to challenge this form. Prezi, Animoto or Second Life (why not?). What we are trying to do is forming a response, while this is very traditional its form does not have to be like so.
Thanks! A fantastic read!