For Next Monday

Articles to read about WikiLeaks:

One TwoThreeFour. And Buffalo News’ op ed piece on the implications of WikiLeaks on Sunshine Laws.

Now please provide thoughtful answers to the following:

1) Which side do you fall on for the WikiLeaks debate? Was Assange right to post the information that he did?  Is it free speech or does it hurt us? What are your thoughts/reactions to the Buffalo News article?

2) Considering what you’re read, the piece we listened to last night, your experiences with the news, and the NPR bill we talked about–Is the new biased? Explain your thoughts. Do not focus on Fox News or MSN or other 24 hour news stations. Instead consider more traditional outlets–our regular stations (ABC, NBC, CBS), newspapers, radio, etc.

3) What is the correlation between the piece we listened to from This American Life and the movie Network?

4) Remember I said Network was originally written as a parody.

“TV is show business.” -Diana

“We’re in the boredom killing business.”-Howard

“…all boredom amused.” -Jensen (Who also argued there are no nations, no people, just money.)

Does what Network reflect today’s evening news hour? If so, how? If not, explain. What similarities or differences are there between the current TV news and The Howard Beale Show? Could Network happen today? Does it?

This is all due by 6pm Monday. Be prepared to talk about it in class as well.


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