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1165 Fall 2019 Final Blog Post

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Hello Again!

This is the information for your final blog post. Please read it in full.

The final blog is due on Monday, December 9th before 12:30pm. You will receive comments before the final exam on Monday, December 16th — no promises.

The Final Post:

You have two options, please see below and do the one that interests you most. You do not need pre-approval, you just choose.

Word Count: 1500-2000

Option #1:

Look back on a previous blog post and improve on it significantly. Take a different argument, or look at the post, and maybe disagree/agree with it but expand. Or take a completely new approach to the assignment.

DO NOT COPY and PASTE what you wrote. That will be an easy F.

At least 3+ sources are required, use Rodman’s text.

Possible Ideas:

  • Interact with the previous post — did you opinion or outlook change? Do you feel differently? Are there elements you would like to dig deeper into? Improve on the piece.
  • Reflect on your work
    • Did you learn something or through research you do not agree with what you wrote?
  • Combine different aspects from different blogs if you like, and react to them. Add to them.
    • After watching Pump Up the Volume and Unproductive Seasons 3 & 4 discuss the main characters… you see what I mean.

Why this kind of post: 

I will mention blogger Andrew Sullivan who was an Iraq War supporter and would constantly blog about the war. As the war continued, his opinion changed, his views were altered because of the disastrous decisions made by the Bush campaign. After awhile he looked back on the original posts and reacted to his writing. It was astounding to see someone reconcile with being so wrong and understanding why he was so wrong. He’s been wrong since, and has done the same thing. It’s how I feel about my book, Satire’s Brew. In it I praised the emergence of the 5th estate (the bloggers, twitter, other forms not in the journalism field) and now I see the flaws in the theory. This came with time but has reshaped my point of view.

Option #2:

What is going on with Sascha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G, Who is America) and tech companies?

Watch the speech he gave to the ADL, read the Washington Post op-ed he wrote… look at the online reactions to what he wrote/said — including Facebook’s reaction. Plenty of people had things to say!

Do NOT summarize what happened here or what he said — engage with the work, the reactions, and your personal feelings towards it.

Try to “go down the rabbit hole” and see various POVs, relate it to previous posts you worked on.

These are your options, choose wisely!

Good luck and I am excited to read them!


Professor Dunphy

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