| September 27, 2015


1) This answer concerns war coverage. Be sure to label the answers a) and b).

a) Watch a broadcast report (either television or online) of a conflict in the Middle East. Did you find it too graphic? Explain why and be specific. Also, make two references in your answer to Arielle Emmett’s article, “Too Graphic?”

b) In Deborah Lynn Jaramillo’s article, “The Spectacle of War,” she writes in-depth of the complicated methods used by news organizations to cover wars. She poses the question: What purpose does war coverage serve and how do strategies of representation figure into the larger aims? Answer this question using her article for reference.

2) Explain what Reese and Shoemaker describe in “Studying Influences on Media Content,” as media reality and social reality. In your opinion, how close do the media come to representing an objective reality? Give two examples from local or national news broadcast outlets. Be sure to note which outlets you used. If a network or local TV newscast, write down time of day as well.

3) Give one example of celebrity news that, in your opinion, is genuine news and why. In your answer, cite two concepts from Steve Barkin’s article, “Celebrity News.” Discussions in class referenced Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” and whether or not it can be used as a news source. Does it fall under Celebrity News or News/Information and why or why not?

4) In about 200 words, sum up the important points from the article “Forgive Me Now, Fire Me Later: Mass Communication Students’ Ethics Gap Concerning School and Journalism.” (Need to include methodology.)

5) There are two, unrelated, parts to this answer:

a) In “60 Minutes and the News Magazine,” why was the program considered so revolutionary? What was Don Hewitt’s role? How did “60 Minutes” forge new pathways for news programs? You may also use notes from class lecture.

b) What is the meaning of Cultural Chaos in terms of news in a globalized world, according to Brian McNair’s study?

Too Graphic? :

Forgive Me Now, Fire Me Later:

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Escape from Slavery Choose three of the seven essay questions below and write a minimum of 1-page, typed, double spaced on each of three questions. This may be posted on MyCourses anytime during the last week of classes or just before the final exam on Tuesday, December 11th. I have provided a link to post on MyCourses. 1. Bok, our hero and narrator, refers to this memoir as ?my own attempt to offer documentation of the existence of slavery in Sudan: my life, my story.? Beyond an expos? of contemporary slavery, discuss what you learned from the book about the geography, politics, culture, and history of Africa?especially Sudan. Revisit the map that begins the book, explaining how each of these points figures into Bok?s account: Nyamlell, Khartoum, Wadi Halfa, Cairo, and the Nile. 5 2. ?Today,? Bok writes early on, ?about twenty percent of the people of southern Sudan [are] Christians, adopting the version of Christianity of the local missionaries who happened to move to their area.? (The other eighty percent believe in a traditional African religion.) The government of Sudan, by contrast, is (as Bok notes elsewhere) ?a Taliban-like Islamist regime committed to ruling the entire country according [to] the Koran.? Explain how this conflict manifests itself throughout Bok?s memoir. Why do you think one critic said this book gives us ?a glimpse into what can happen when religion is the impetus in the governing of a nation?? 3. The first speech Bok gives about his life as a slave occurs at the Southern Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Why does the pastor introducing Bok tell the children in his congregation that they especially ?need to hear? Bok?s words? If you were to recommend Bok?s account to a certain audience, who would it be? Why? 4. Basketball, expensive sneakers, all sorts of music on the radio: Bok finds much to enjoy in American pop culture. But what about the difficulties of his Americanization? Discuss the problems Bok faced in adjusting to life here. Also discuss what you learned from this book about emigrating to (or gaining citizenship in) the U.S. 5. Many readers of Bok?s memoir will be shocked to learn that slavery still exists today, and that several million people are currently enslaved worldwide. In Sudan, of course, the problem is especially severe, and this brings us to the central question of Bok?s Afterword: ?How could the rest of the world let such terrible things happen to my people?? How does Bok?s friend and mentor Charles Jacobs answer this urgent query? Explain the racist undertones that Charles identifies within the international human rights community. Do you agree with him? Why or why not? 6. Discuss several challenges that Gabriel Bethou described in his storyline escaping from Sudan, becoming a refugee in Kenya, immigrating and adjusting to life in the United States and finally reuniting with his family. How has Francis Bok been influential to Gabe? 7. In his lecture on Tuesday, December 4th, Professor David Dennis provided a context to define and compare the concepts of genocide and oppression. At what point does oppression and approval from a government, in considering the treatment of its people, turn from pure racism to genocide? What are the historian?s guidelines for genocide and how is Sudan viewed in this situation compared to examples of two other countries?
Buisness unit 5 Question 1 Amy is hired by BigMart as a cashier. At the time of hiring, Amy is required to sign an arbitration agreement under which she agreed to settle any and all claims she might have relating to her employment by final and binding arbitration before a neutral arbitrator and in accordance with BigMart's "Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures," which is a separate ten-page document containing complex procedural details. Under the agreement, Amy is required to pay for all arbitration-related costs, and BigMart can still sue Amy in civil court for claims arising from her employment. A court will most likely view this agreement as: Answer unconscionable because it is an adhesion contract. unconscionable because it is arbitration agreement. unconscionable because it is an adhesion contract that is oppressive and defeats the reasonable expectations Amy would have. enforceable. Question 2 A clearly illegal provision in an agreement: Answer infects the whole agreement and makes it unenforceable. means criminal liability for the party who drafted it. may be divisible from the rest of the agreement, which means that the court will enforce the agreement without it. can be rescinded if the weaker party voluntarily waives it. Question 3 Helga owns an insurance business in Idaho. Her clients are all Idaho residents. She later sells her business to Carlos. As part of the deal, the contract contains a non-compete clause that prevents Helga from operating an insurance business anywhere in Idaho, Washington or Oregon for a period of five years. Six months after this sale, Helga opens an insurance business in Oregon. If Carlos seeks to enforce the non-compete agreement against Helga, will he probably be successful? Answer Yes, because this agreement is reasonable Yes, because non-compete agreements that are part of the sale of a business are always enforced No, because this agreement is not reasonable No, because non-compete agreements that are part of the sale of a business are seldom enforced Question 4 Normally, an illegal contract is_____________. Answer voidable unconscionable unenforceable adhesive Question 5 A(n) _____________ is a provision in a contract that purports to relieve one of the parties from tort liability. Answer non-compete clause contract of adhesion ancillary covenant exculpatory clause Question 6 Tell, an Ohio real estate broker, misrepresented to Allen that Tell was licensed in Michigan under Michigan's statute regulating real estate brokers. Allen signed a standard form listing contract agreeing to pay Tell a 6% commission for selling Allen's home in Michigan. Tell sold Allen's home. Under the circumstances, Allen is Answer not liable to Tell for any amount because Allen signed a standard form contract. not liable to Tell for any amount because Tell violated the Michigan licensing requirements. liable to Tell only for the value of services rendered under a quasi-contract theory. liable to Tell for the full commission under a promissory estoppel theory. Question 7 Which of the following is an example of substantive unconscionability? Answer Terms, that are stated in "fine print." A disparity in bargaining power between the parties. High-pressure sales tactics. A penalty clause obligating the buyer to pay five times the product's price for failing to accept the goods when delivered. 4 points Question 8 So-called "contracts of adhesion"_________________. Answer may be unconscionable are absolutely binding are always unenforceable are voidable at the option of the weaker party Question 9 ABC Corp. hired Wolfgang to fill an Accounting position. ABC is in the recycling business and operates only in New York City. Wolfgang signed an employment contract that contained a non-compete provision. This provision states that Wolfgang will not work for another recycling company for six years anywhere in the State of New York. After five years Wolfgang quit and accepted a position with a recycling company in Buffalo N.Y., four hundred miles away from N.Y. City. ABC is suing Wolfgang to enforce the non-compete agreement. The likely outcome of this lawsuit is: Answer Wolfgang will win, because this non-compete agreement is not reasonable. Wolfgang will win, because non-compete agreements that are part of employment contracts are never enforced. Wolfgang will lose, because this non-compete agreement is reasonable. Wolfgang will lose, because public policy requires the general enforceability of non-compete agreements. Question 10 In violation of a state licensing statute, Jones purports to be an attorney. After making that allegation, he contracts to perform legal service for Smith. Smith then pays Jones a $500 retainer. Later, after discovering that Jones is not licensed and therefore cannot get the job done, Smith sues Jones for the $500. What is the most likely result, and why? Answer Smith definitely wins, because here we have a revenue-raising statute. Smith probably wins, because parties for whose protection a regulatory statute has been enacted often can recover amounts paid under a contract declared illegal by the statute. Smith definitely loses, because here we have a regulatory statute. Smith probably loses, because the law obligates one to check the licensure of a professional with whom one deals. Question 11 You are the attorney for WABC, a New York City television news outfit, and you are in charge of drafting a non-compete agreement for the new anchorperson Bob Bobswell. Bobswell was born and raised in New York, but educated in California. His most recent job was as an anchor man in Minnesota. Using the principles you learned in this Unit, and assuming that non-compete agreements are valid in this state, draft a valid non-compete agreement that can be used by the parties should Bobswell part ways with the company. Explain each clause and why it is reasonable under the principles of a successful non-compete agreement. Question 12 Jan works in a sandwich shop run by Amy. Amy makes Jan sign a noncompete contract that states if Jan quits, she is not to engage in a similar business within a three state radius of Amy's business for 5 years. Is this contract legal and enforceable? Why or why not? If the agreement is not enforceable, how might Jan and Amy restructure it to increase its chances of being legal? Question 13 Noncompetition Clause and Public Policy A man entered into a contract to buy a small business from the entrepreneur who had started it. Before completing the formalities, the buyer learned that the entrepreneur had taken a job with a larger rival company. The buyer now fears that the seller is taking vital business information with him to the rival business, and that this will affect the prospects of the small business. How can the buyer protect his interests? What legal protection does he have? Can the contract be declared illegal? Write your analysis in 300 words.

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