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  1. 1. 2• Give the example of a current news story (bring in a URL, if possible). Explain the text and subtext of the article.
  2. 2. 3• What does Pozner mean by "corporate gatekeeper?" Do you believe her when she says that everything you see in the media is controlled by six giant corporations? Check up on her facts.
  3. 3. 4• What is Pozners point about the "liberal media?" Do you agree with her? Find a recent news article to support your argument.
  4. 4. 5• Answer Pozners question: Consider media discussions about rape that emphasize victims clothing, sexual history and drinking habits. • What impact might that have on public perceptions of sexual assault and who is responsible for causing—and preventing—violence against women?
  5. 5. 6• What are the public policy implications?
  6. 6. 7• How might the impact of media imagery shift depending on the gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, immigration status or physical ability of the person engaging with this media?
  7. 7. 8• The welfare reform bill of 1997 replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children with the new Temporary Aid to Needy Families. Posner argues that this was an attack on poor women through the use of language. Choose one of her examples for discussion.
  8. 8. 9• Look at the Language of Persuasion page mentioned by Pozner. Make a short list of five methods used by propagandists to obscure the truth.
  9. 9. 10• Pozner tells us that VNR (video news releases) from corporate advertisers are included in cable news programs. How does this affect programming?
  10. 10. 11• What is the problem with pictures, according to teBrake?
  11. 11. 12• Explain teBrakes comment: Without context, pictures depoliticize and dehistoricize the experiences of women. Violence against women is separated from power relations and suspended outside of history. This prevents an analysis of how these power relations make women vulnerable and how women respond.
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