PURPOSE This essay assignment is meant to test and measure the skills that you will need to be successful in a critical thinking course. It will ask you to analyze rhetorical strategies, reliability, ideas, and evidence in a non-fiction text, construct an argument that explores complex academic issues, and find, evaluate, analyze, interpret, and engage with primary and secondary sources while meaningfully incorporating them into a unified, well-organized, text-based essay. REQUIRED READING Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death PROMPT In 2005, Andrew postman updated his father’s book with an introduction that address the changes in society since its 1985 publication. For this research paper, you will write an afterword for Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death that addresses the changes in society since 2005, specifically focusing on a new Internet-based epistemology. REQUIREMENTS Imagine that your audience is an objective, college-educated adult who has never met you before. As such, first and second person are prohibited. Your final draft should be 2,000 to 2,500 words, typed, and written in MLA format. It should use minimum six sources (including two scholarly journal articles and one book). The structure of the essay is largely up to you. provide a combination of ideas, development, organization, style & mechanics, as well as format, for a total of 200 points possible, to be explained in greater detail on the back.
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