- Respond Question Series
- Social Impact of Popular Culture
- Complete the following questions for our selected reading,
offering full responses to these questions. (You can copy and
paste these questions into your word processor and type your
responses and print them out, or you can hand-write your responses
on separate paper.)
- 1. What kind of impact does popular culture have on society, according to the author?
- (Further explanation: The author might offer one, two, or
more ways that popular culture affects society: by providing
poor role models, or by providing poor role models and undermining
parental values, for instance.)
- 2. What sub-claims (reasons) does the author offer
in support of his or her main claim (your response to #1)? Create
a working thesis statement for the author's argument.
- (Further explanation: A working thesis statement lists the
author's main claim and sub-claims (reasons) as a "because
statement." For instance, after reading the essay, you might
discover that the author's working thesis claim might read: "Popular
culture, as expressed through film, is beneficial to society
because films offer realistic representations of society's ills,
because films can show a better world than the one we live in
now, and because younger generations in society are persuaded
by the visual images of film more than what they read."
You may locate a "because statement" in the essays
you're reading, but it's more likely that you'll have to assemble
it yourself after reading the author's argument.)
- 3. Identify one piece of evidence that you found
persuasive and one piece that didn't persuade you and explain
- 4. Look under the essay title and note the original
audience for the essay. How effective is the author in using
audience-based reasoning, of tailoring the argument to his or
her readers? Offer one example to support your response.
- 5. How might you refute the author's argument?
- (Further explanation: Consider the main claim, the sub-claims
(reasons), the warrant (underlying assumptions, beliefs and values
of the main claim), and the evidence presented: How could you
play "devil's advocate" and refute one or more of these
areas of the argument?)
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