This is an assignment I’ve used to encourage students to explore media policy issues. By doing a little research on different perspectives on net neutrality, student get a sense of how to gather information and formulate an opinion on media policy issues that are often ignored by major media. In addition to having each student search for 2 articles on net neutrality, I ask everyone to view a report on the net neutrality issue from PBS NOW (http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/222/index.html#here). I think it’s important ask students to critically assess whether certain arguments in this debate might be constructed as a distraction or disguise private interest in the name of public interest. In addition to having students do their own research, I have them share their findings in small groups, map all pro & con arguments, and evaluate the arguments together.
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