Final Assignment

Final Assignment

Through this year I have learned many new active and critical reading techniques that are now part of my approach to coming to terms with a text. One of the things I’ve learned about how to read a complex piece of writing is to annotate. I have learned that annotating a piece of writing, especially a difficult one, helps me understand what is going on and what it is about. It also helps me remember key points and ideas when…

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Keller activity

Keller activity

1 What is the “Brandenburg test” for protected speech? How is it different from the “clear and present danger” test? 1 The “brandenburg test” for protected speech is used to determine when/if speech that is intended to relay hate or create legal actions can be restricted. The “clear and present danger” test is when everyone agrees that there is an obvious danger happening in a place. They are different because the Brandenburg test can take action when someone voices a…

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Paper 2

Paper 2

 Autumn Flagg Eric Drown ENG 123 March 10, 2020 Continuing to release music of dead artists can raise many questions. There are different perspectives you can look at it from. This includes the perspective of a music appreciator, a legal perspective, and if it is ethically/morally wrong or not. One of these questions is, should fans be happy that their music is being released even though they did not want it to be? Think of some music which was released…

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Merlan activity

Merlan activity

Autumn Flagg What is Merlan’s operating definition of a conspiracy theory?  1 Merlan’s operating definition of a conspiracy theory is that a conspiracy is when people are secretly working together against others and will likely have negative effects.  Merlan says that conspiracy thinking has been part of American culture and governance since it’s very beginning. Summarize her reasons for thinking so and explain what she thinks is new about conspiracy theory in the last decade or so.  2 Merlan believes…

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Activity 1. 4/23

Activity 1. 4/23

After playing the game and reading the Bad News Information Sheet I learned a lot about fake news. While I was playing the game, I realized that each one of my posts was fake news. Even though all the posts were fake, many people believed it was read and also posted about the topic causing it to start spreading. The game showed me that literally anyone who wants to start and spread fake news can. Not only did other people…

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Activity 2 4/19

Activity 2 4/19

1 The seven traits of conspiratorial thinking are contradictory, overriding suspicion, nefarious intent,something must be wrong, persecuted victim, immune to evidence,and re-interpreting randomness. Contradictory- this is when a conspiracy theorist believes in multiple ideas about the conspiracy. The examples used was believing the death of Princess Diana was murdered and also believing that she may have faked her own death. They contradict each other. Overriding suspicion- A conspiracy theorist will stop themself from believing something if they are suspicious it…

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Activity 1

Activity 1

1 Marcel Fontaine, who is twenty five years old, became accused of being the shooter at a Florida high school shooting. Fontaine lives in Massachusetts, a four hour flight from Florida, and was unaware of the shooting until a friend sent them a text, only a little while after they had woken up, containing a picture of Fontain that implied they were the shooter. This picture was taken off of Fonatine’s instagram and posted to 4chan. Fontain is on the…

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April 9

April 9

Autumn Flagg Professor Drown ENG 123 April 4, 2020 Washington DC is the home of a pizza and ping pong joint called Comet Ping Pong. This location was the center of a conspiracy theory called Pizzagate. Pizzagate is a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was the center of a child sex trafficing ring. People who believed in Pizzagate believed that there was a basement and underground tunnels located under the resturaunt that were used for this sex trafficing ring that…

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Pizzagate 4/13

Pizzagate 4/13

1 “The nocturnal ritual fantasy” is a conspiracy that conspiratorial groups secretly get together to plan and overthrow society. They “supposedly ritually abuse, murder abd consume innocent children” (Barbezat 1). When people believe in this is “helped to justify deadly violence against these marginalized groups, and, infact, played an important role in establishing their very marginality” (Barbezat 2)  2 The Comet Ping Pong restaurant may have made a likely target of a conspiracy theory for multiple reasons. First, the restaurant’s…

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Music paper

Music paper

Autumn Flagg Eric Drown ENG 123 March 10, 2020     Continuing to release music of dead artists can raise many questions. There are different perspectives you can look at it from. This includes the perspective of a music appreciator, a legal perspective, and if it is ethically/morally wrong or not. One of these questions is, should we be happy that their music is being released even though they did not want it to be? Think of some music which was…

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