Monday, April 20, 2015

Final Paper

Answer one of the following:

1. Serious opposition research will encompass a candidate's college activities and writings. Describe what kinds of materials that opposition researchers could find (short of breaking into the registrar's office). With real-life examples, explain how they could use this material.  What can politically ambitious students do to protect themselves from future oppo?

2.  Compare these rules of online journalism with these rules of old-school journalism. How are they similar and different?  With specific examples, explain how online journalism is in tension with old-school journalism.  How would Robert Novak fare in today's online environment?

3.  Pick one of these cases and explain how film or television stories became part of the political dialogue. Tell how opposing sides reacted to the story, and explain the outcome:
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • The 1983 TV movie, The Day After
  • Dan Quayle v. Murphy Brown.
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Wag the Dog
4.  Pick any of the announced or prospective presidential candidates for 2016.  Explain what lessons she or he should draw from Politics Is a Joke!  That is, in light of this candidate's record, personal characteristics, and political environment, what would be the best way to handle television humor?
  • Essays should be typed (12-point), double-spaced, and no more than three pages long. I will not read past the third page. 
  • Cite your sources. Use Turabian/Chicago endnotes. 
  • Watch your spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Errors will count against you. Return essays to the Sakai dropbox by 11:59 PM, Monday, May 4. Papers will drop one gradepoint for one day’s lateness, a full letter grade after that.

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