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Please answer the following questions. This is worth up to 2 points. I do not automatically give you full credit simply for getting to 350 words – content matters, as well as following instructions and answering the questions fully.


Word count: 350 minimum total for assignment, there should be some balance in length between responses e.g. one response should not be 50 words and the other 300 words.

Use examples to explain your points and to support them. From textbook and from article provided.

I do grade these normally, so you do not automatically get full credit simply for reaching the word minimum.

Answers show knowledge and proper use of examples (shows you know how to properly apply an example to the point your are making).

Outside research ok but you must use the textbook and article in addition to any outside resources which then must be cited properly.


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both questions require you to read the chapter earlier than Saturday for the quiz

I do NOT downgrade based on your opinions, but I do downgrade if you don’t follow instructions and especially if you don’t back up your assertions with research. Well-supported arguments, that’s what I’m after. And yes, having an opinion matters in my view, it shows what you value 🙂

Please engage fully with the questions provided. You are to answer the questions I have posed, not your own interpretation of them. Not responding fully to the questions asked will likely result in a point deduction. Thank you!

Question 1 (use the textbook, provide at least one textbook quote), make sure to explain the quote in your own words after inserting). Focus on 8.1 and 8.2 of the chapter on Media. How has media and news information evolved over say the last fifty years? (For quotes from text, use the (Krutz, Section number) format).

Question 2: Some would argue that disinformation and misinformation through news outlets, including social media, are at least partly to blame for the level of distrust, polarization, extremism, etc we are now seeing in the US. Examples: the election was “fraudulent” therefore the Capitol riots were justified, the proliferation of QAnon and debunked conspiracy theories, etc). Read the following article and use it to argue for or against the above argument. Are social media companies to blame for misinformation, disinformation, fake news? If not, who or what bears responsibility (individuals)? Does the government have a role in regulating Facebook, Twitter, etc so to require them to more actively regulate and remove false information?

Since most of you consume a lot of social media, I am looking forward to your responses!




Textbook: chapter 8


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