What Matters in America : Reading and Writing about Contemporary Culture

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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What Matters in America invites you to consider these and other questions about the culture of contemporary America. The readings and visuals in What Matters in America pick up on and explore issues and events that you hear and read about in the news every day. What Matters in America encourages you to take what you know about American culture and ask questions, explore other points of view, and become more aware of your own place in this diverse and ever-changing culture. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contentsp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Introduction: Critical Reading and Thinkingp. 1
What is Critical Thinking?p. 1
Why Read Critically?p. 2
Reading and Interpreting a Visual Worldp. 7
How Does Advertising Influence Us?p. 12
A Brand by Any Other Namep. 14
Brand Coolp. 20
On Sale at Old Navy: Cool Clothes for Identical Zombies!p. 24
With These Words I Can Sell You Anythingp. 31
Sample ADS and Study Questionsp. 40
Visual Connections: Follow the Flockp. 50
Topical Connectionsp. 52
Are There Limits to Our Right to Privacy?p. 54
Privacy Is Overratedp. 56
The Case for a National ID Cardp. 62
National ID Cards: 5 Reasons Why They Should Be Rejectedp. 66
Sample AD and Study Questionsp. 72
I Spyp. 74
When Cameras Are Too Candidp. 78
Visual Connections: Caught on Camerap. 83
Topical Connectionsp. 85
Do the Media Promote a Culture of Fear?p. 86
Extreme Reality: How Media Coverage Exaggerates Risks and Dangersp. 88
Who's Taking the Kids?p. 92
The Female Fear Factorp. 96
Heads Above the Hypep. 104
Calling All Angels (Song Lyric)p. 108
The Violence Reporting Project: A New Approach to Covering Crimep. 110
Visual Connections: It's a Scary Worldp. 116
Topical Connectionsp. 117
Do Campus Speech Codes Violate Students' Rights?p. 120
Muzzling Free Speechp. 122
Hate Cannot Be Toleratedp. 126
Free Speech Sucks!... But Censorship Sucks Even Morep. 129
Difficult Conversationsp. 134
Censor This?p. 139
Policy Statement on Discriminatory Harassmentp. 142
Visual Connections: Silencing Free Speechp. 146
Topical Connectionsp. 148
Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?p. 150
The 'M-Word': Why It Matters to Mep. 152
Same-Sex Marriagep. 156
Gay Marriage-And Marriagep. 160
Marriage Devalued (Cartoon)p. 168
Abolish Marriagep. 170
Visual Connections: God-Ordained Marriage?p. 175
Topical Connectionsp. 176
Can Racial Profiling Be Justified?p. 178
Blind Spotp. 180
What Looks Like Profiling Might Just Be Good Policingp. 184
Are You a Terrorist, or Do You Play One on TV?p. 188
Ragtime, My Timep. 195
Racial Profiling Goes Beyond Black and Whitep. 200
Visual Connections: Pulling Teethp. 207
Topical Connectionsp. 209
Are Designer Humans in Our Future?p. 212
Baby, It's You and You and Youp. 214
Me, My Clone, and Ip. 220
The Genetic Bill of Rightsp. 224
The Last Humanp. 227
Enoughp. 233
Visual Connections: The Art of Human Cloningp. 242
Topical Connectionsp. 244
Can Television Violence Influence Behavior?p. 246
Violence on Television-What Do Children Learn? What Can Parents Do?p. 248
Beyond Banning War and Superhero Playp. 252
Hate Violence? Turn It Off!p. 257
Television's Global Marketing Strategy Creates a Damaging and Alienated Window on the Worldp. 261
Stop Blaming Kids and TVp. 267
Visual Connections: Through the Eyes of a Childp. 273
Topical Connectionsp. 275
Is Fast Food Responsible for a Crisis in Public Health?p. 278
Finding Fault for the Fatp. 280
There's No Place Like Workp. 340
Visual Connections: Juggling Family and Workp. 349
Topical Connectionsp. 350
Creditsp. 353
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 359
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