101C-17 Final Exam Study Guide Final exam = Wednesday, May 22nd, 9:30 – 11:30 am (no make-up) Final CT paper = Wed, May 22nd at the start of exam period (no late work) Late work = Wed, May 15th (no more than 2 late assignments) What to bring: Ramage et al textbook Bok on whistleblowers Calabresi on WikiLeaks Class discussion notes Panel presentation notes Smolla on free speech Tony Judt on dissent Tolokonnikova on Pussy Riot Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (posted Qs, notes) Blue book What to expect: 2-hr short essay, open book exam: Part I on ethos, Bok on whistleblowers, Calabresi on WikiLeaks, optional resources (40%). Part II on free speech, Smolla, Judt, Tolokonnikova, Ai Weiwei, optional resources (60%). Material to be covered: Ramage textbook, on structure and analysis of argument, 55-68, 122-125. Sissela Bok, Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (excerpt on whistleblowers) Massimo Calabresi, “WikiLeaks’ War on Secrecy: Truth’s Consequences” PBS WikiSecrets documentary film (optional - online video posted on webpage) Smolla, Judt, Tolokonnikova, Ai Weiwei on free speech Optional – BONG HiTS 4 JESUS, Should Trees Have Standing? Your independent reading Critical reading that leads to critical writing: A) On ethos: What principles guide our conduct in relation to others? Our sense of fairness and justice? Our condemnation of force or violence, threats or coercion, deception and lies? What is altruism? What is the categorical imperative and its implied relationship between the individual and society? What is the relationship between empathy and responsibility? Private interest v. public good? What is our sense of obligation to family, friends, community, country, strangers? How can we translate self-interest into public interest? Why is this so hard to do? Considering any question or controversy—on personal, professional, social matters—how can we employ logos/reason, pathos/emotion, and ethos/ethics or morals together? B) On ethos, secrets, and WikiLeaks: What is Sissela Bok’s definition of a secret? What are key considerations of maintaining confidentiality v. the free flow of information? Examples? Why is there a conflict of power over keeping secrets v. transparency? How are secrets linked to right to privacy, reputation, judgment, public opinion, social media, mass media? What are the risks of secrecy regarding corruption, abuse, professional responsibility, public v. private gains/losses? How are secrets protected by groups, clubs, corporations, governments? What is the relationship between power and secrecy? Between democracy and the free flow of information? 2 On Bok’s whistleblowers: What are the 3 steps to whistleblowing? What are the warning signs before whistleblowing erupts? What conflicts of interest may be involved? What are the risks and costs to the whistleblower? If whistleblowing is suppressed and whistleblowers are not legally protected, what is the cost to society? How can we change the status quo to make organizations (government, military, corporations, etc) more open and honest? C) On free speech, First Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights (articles 18, 19, 20): According to Smolla, what is the “free market of ideas”? What is the relationship between free speech and democracy? In legal and popular terms, how has the concept of free speech and expression been expanded? Limited? How has the interpretation of the First Amendment changed over time—even as the words remain the same? How is it possible for opposing parties in a given controversy to both quote the amendment as a basis for their argument? Between the polar opposites of free speech and censorship lie degrees of differentiation that recognize the limits or boundaries of free speech—such as protection, control, suppression. What is the gray area—the negotiable, contestable territory—between freedom and censorship? If a speech act is defined as “in saying something, we do something,” what are the unspoken messages of such acts as flag burning, hanging an effigy, draft card burning, bra burning, carrying peace signs, and so on? Taking it a step further, when we participate in or observe silence as speech act—such as candlelit vigils for fallen community leaders or arbitrary loss of life in a drive-by shooting or an anniversary for lost lives from AIDS or the Iraq war—what is the unspoken message? Why is silence sometimes more potent than words? How does the unspoken—such as signs, symbols, speech acts, silence—redefine our sense of speech? Why do you think these unspoken expressions are interpreted as forms of free speech? As well as protected and upheld by courts of law? If the Internet is a free, public space (like public sidewalks and parks), should it be regulated in any way? If the FCC bleeps “the 7 bad words you cannot say on TV,” should there be any bleeps on the Internet? Limits and boundaries—where do we draw the line? How has social media—blogging, tweeting, Facebook—often been used to foment social and political changes? How does anonymity or “virtual” reality affect accountability on the Internet? How does the process of tweets and re-tweets affect trending ideas? Compared to mainstream media, how does social media deliver its messages? Mediate identity of speakers, credibility of messages, significance of news? 3 Suggested writing strategy: (a) know the key words and ideas of each reading, referring to them when called for; (b) push to the foreground Qs of ‘why’ and ‘how’—identify principles, values, assumptions and/or theory and practice of the authors; (c) anchor your analysis with quotes and examples (cite source). In other words, your interpretation rests squarely on discovery of unstated but implied ideas, relevant quotes and examples—current events, your observations and experiences. There is no one, correct answer—develop and support your response with specifics from the texts. Note: for in-class writing, only in-text parenthetical citations (author, page number) is required; works cited is not required. Suggested step-by-step preparation: 1 Briefly review textbook and class discussion notes on argument structure and analysis. By definition, example, and practice, become familiar with the following terms: multiple points of view—as a way to strengthen position and analysis argument or sustaining a line of reasoning logos (reason), pathos (emotion), ethos (ethics, morals, principles) principles, values, assumptions—stated or unstated fallacy and bullshit—how to recognize weak or erroneous reasoning satire, irony—humor as a way to expose contradictions, question authority 2 Before re-reading source material on ethos/WikiLeaks and free speech/Smolla et al, review inclass study questions and discussion notes. 3 Re-read critically, locating key words, quotes, main ideas—what is the argument or line of reasoning presented by the author? Do you agree or disagree (or somewhere in between) with the author and why? What doubts or questions are provoked by the text? Any lapses in reasoning or questionable assumptions or contradictions underlying the text? Fallacy? Bullshit? Any alternative points of view? Helpful hints: 1 Build a vocabulary of thinking and writing about the readings. What are the key words and phrases of each reading? 2 Build a source of quotes and page numbers for each reading. Can you state the author’s thesis or central idea in one or two sentences? Can you quickly find the key facts and statements to support the author’s and/or your line of reasoning? 3 Without looking at the text, can you respond to study questions in your own words— explaining the big picture and key points to someone who has not read these sources? Can you move beyond summary, offering your own explanation, analysis, commentary? Do you recognize correspondences with the real world, parallel examples or associations from the text to current events and your own observations and experiences? 4 Test-taking strategy: 1 Preview the whole test before starting to write. Choose questions strategically—lead with your strengths. 2 Give yourself time to think. If writing is thinking made evident, then thinking is part of the process. 3 Follow instructions. Note the weight of each part and spend time proportionately. Helpful hints: 1 Avoid personal opinion without references to readings. Instead, develop a connection between the reading and your writing—the reading provides a basis for your own explanation and analysis, whether or not you completely agree with the author. 2 Avoid summarizing what you’ve read without your own analysis and critical commentary. Summary explanation and analysis. 3 Avoid vague generalizations. Provide facts, quotes, examples. Support general statements with specifics. Plagiarism: To avoid plagiarism, carefully prepare notes using quotations marks (“…”) and cite sources. Do not use commentary from online sources such as SparkNotes or Wikipedia without quote marks and citing the source. Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, will be graded as a zero. Criteria for grading final exam: Critical thinking skills: Writing skills: Recognition of thesis or main idea Sentence grammar (complex-compound) Explanation + analysis—beyond summary Paragraph development Development of affirmation (agreement), Whole essay clarity and coherence doubt (uncertain/unknown) or questions Cite sources (in-text) Write a free-standing essay with a title—avoid opinion without reference to the reading.