Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reading Guide for Week 6

Tuesday: Dude, Do You Even Logos?
Jay Heinrichs, “Soften Them Up,” “Control the Argument,” and “Spot Fallacies,” p. 38-46, 121-154.
Keith & Lundberg, “Proofs: Ways of Being Persuasive” and “Fallacies,” p. 35-39, 47-9.
1. What are the rhetorical proofs? How do they translate roughly into today's terms?
2. What is the difference between deductive and inductive logic?
3. What is a syllogism? How does an enthymeme differ from a syllogism?
4. What is a fallacy? Give an example of 2-3 fallacies.

Thursday: Dissoi Logoi and Polarization
Eli Pariser, “Introduction” and “The User is the Content,” in The Filter Bubble (New York: Penguin Press, 2011), p. 6-16, 29-45.

1. What is a filter bubble? 

2. How do "web 2.0" technologies create filter bubbles?

3. What are the broader cultural implications of filter bubbles? How does it shape the information flows we engage with?

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