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What Matters in America (Goshgarian)by Gary Goshgarian
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Compact in both page count and trim size, What Matters in America's themes examine popular culture topics and provide a sufficient number of selections to make sure topics are given with adequate depth.
Television Violence, Racial Profiling, Capital Punishment and Gay Marriage.
The anthology would be appropriate for readers interested on contemporary culture or popular culture.
Compact in both page count and trim size, What Matters in America's themes examine popular culture topics and provide a sufficient number of selections to make sure topics are given with adequate depth. Gary Goshgarian addresses topics of: Television Violence, Racial Profiling, Capital Punishment and Gay Marriage.
Table of Contents
Reading and Writing Critically
1. Is the Internet Changing our Social Lives?
MySpace, Facebook, and Social Networking Sites: Hot Today, Gone Tomorrow? Knowledge@Wharton
Someone to Watch Over Me, Theodora Stites
Blog Matters: Social Networking Through the Ages
Living Online: I'll Have to Ask My Friends, Sherry Turkle
Faceless on Facebook, Kate Beals
Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissim, Christine Rosen
2. Does Privacy Have Limits?
Privacy Is Overrated, David Plotz
Invading Our Own Privacy, David Schimke
The Case for a National ID Card, Margaret Carlson
National ID Cards: 5 Reasons Why They Should Be Rejected, ACLU
Visual Connections: Identity Theft
Smile! You’re on Security Camera, John McElhenny
Visual Connections: Flash Someone… MBTA ad
Blog Matters: Is It Legal for Employers to Use Facebook for Background Checking?
3. How Does Advertising Influence Us?
A Brand by Any Other Name, Douglas Rushkoff
Black Friday…Gray Thursday, Benjamin R. Barber
On Sale at Old Navy: Cool Clothes for Identical Zombies! Damien Cave
With These Words I Can Sell You Anything, William Lutz
Sample Ads And Study Questions
Visual Connections: Follow the Flock
Blog Matters: Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Go Hand in Hand
4. Do the Media Promote a Culture of Fear?
Extreme Reality: How Media Coverage Exaggerates Risks and Dangers, John Stossel
The Female Fear Factor, Myrna Blyth
Blog Matters: Growing up in a culture of fear: from Columbine to banning of MySpace
Violence on Television–What Do Children Learn? What Can Parents Do? American Psychological Association
Hate Violence? Turn It Off! Tim Goodman
Visual Connections: It’s a Scary World
In Search of Notorious PhDs, Lindsay Johns
Visual Connections: Young Jeezy
5. What Does Freedom of Speech Really Mean?
Free Inquiry? Not On Campus, John Leo
Hate Cannot Be Tolerated , Richard Delgado
Free Speech Causes Problems, but Censorship Cuases More, Denise Chaykun
The Dark Side of Web Anonymity, Catherine Holerhan
Who’s Undermining Freedon of Speech on Campus Now? David Beto
Academic Bill of Rights, David Horowitz
Policy Statement on Discriminatory Harassment, Emory University
Visual Connections: Silencing Free Speech
6. What’s the Big Deal About Immigration?
Kidding Ourselves About Immigration, Michael Kinsley
A Quiz to Forge Americans, Gregory Rodriguez
300 Million and Counting, Joel Garreau
Educating Illegal Immigrants, Todd Rosenbaum
Blog Matters: What Dream, Marc Cooper
Immigration Quotas vs. Individual Rights: The Moral and Practical Case for Open Immigration, Harry Binswanger
Visual Connections: Two Views of U.S. Immigration
The Next Americans, Tomás R. Jiménez
7. Is Climate Change a Pressing Problem, or Pumped-up Propaganda?
Global Warming Heats Up, Jeffrey Kluger
Visual Connections: An Inconvenient Truth
A Convenient Untruth, Andrew Potter
Global Warming Delusions, Daniel Botkin
Blog Matters: Please Stop Talking about the Global Warming Consensus, George Musser
On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty, William Stevens
Visual Connections: Snap! Freezing Bears
8. Is Fast Food Responsible for a Crisis in Public Health?
What’s To Blame for the Surge in Super Size Americans?, Tori DeAngelis
You Want Fries with That? Richard Daynard
Blog Matters: Bare Bones
Fast Food Isn’t to Blame , R A. Ames
Visual Connections: Body Mass Index (Graph): National Institutes of Health
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Fat Kids, Rahul K. Prikh
When America Relaxes, ‘Food Police’ Should Keep Quiet , Paul King
We Eat; Therefore, They Are , Rosie Mestel
Visual Connections: Now What Do We Eat? (Food Pyramids)
9. Can Religion and Science Coexist?
Say It Ain’t So, Karl Giberson
A New Theology of Celebration, Francis S. Collins
Remove the Stickers, Open Minds, Kenneth Miller
The Flying Spaghetti Monster, Steve Paulson
Blog Matters: Evolution Beats Intelligent Design in Florida , Brandon Keim
Darwin and the Nazis, Richard Weikart
10. Why Do We Work?
Why Do We Work? Andrew Curry
Visual Connections: Major Occupational Groups and Mean Annual Wages
Measuring Success, Renee Loth
Homeward Bound, Linda Hirshman
Blog Matters: Americans Work Too Much, Jason Lee Miller
The Most-Praised Generation Goes to Work, Jeffrey Zaslow
Visual Connections: The Office
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