Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Two More Choices for the Next Essay Assignment

  • Remembering that Perlmutter finished Blogwars in 2007, take another look at his discussion of Hillary Clinton (pp. 197-204). With the benefit of hindsight, write a postscript that updates his analysis.
  • Pick a major conservative blog and a major liberal blog (see list at http://personaldemocracy.com/blogs/top) What political role does each play? (See Perlmutter, ch. 4-5). How would you evaluate its effectiveness? Could the blogger make any improvements? In this exercise, I encourage you to get in touch with the blogger. (Do not be shy: the worst that she or he could do is ignore you.)

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  • Essays should be typed (12-point) stapled, double-spaced, and no more than four pages long. I will not read past the fourth page.
  • Put your name on a cover sheet. Do not identify yourself on the text pages.
  • Cite your sources. You may use either endnotes or parenthetical references to a bibliography. In either case, put documentation in a standard format (e.g., Turabian or Chicago Manual of Style).
  • Watch your spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Errors will count against you.
  • Return essays by the start of class on Wednesday, March 4. Essays will drop one gradepoint for one day’s lateness and a full grade after that. I will grant no extensions except for illness or emergency.

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