Week 08: Oct. 26

MIDTERM EXAM DUE!

You are to choose one (1) Exam Question to answer in a 1000 word essay (approx. 3-5 pages, Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced).

IMPORTANT: Your paper should be submitted to me directly by email in electronic form (Word Perfect, MS Word, PDF, HTML and plain TXT are all fine). All quotations and references must be properly cited. DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS ON THE BLOG!

QUESTIONS (choose 1):

(1) Chomsky and Herman describe five filters through which the media is regulated.  Do all five of these filters apply to journalistic blogs on-line (a.k.a. the blogosphere) in the same way that they apply to newspaper journalism?

(2) Chomsky and Herman indicate that the fifth filter is “anti-communism.” Has “anti-terrorism” replaced “anti-communism” in the past 20 years?  Why or why not?  In what ways is “anti-terrorism” different than “anti-communism”?

(3) Is Habermas’s notion of the Public Sphere better thought of as a practical tool, or a theoretical ideal? If it ought to be seen as a practical tool, how might it be realized in practice?  If it ought to be seen as theoretical ideal, what are the greatest hurdles to trying to realize or approach it in the real world?