how does one know that veiled bloggers are not assuming multiple pseudonyms to generate misleading appearance of public consensus? ” ■ consensus: group discussion where everyone's opinions are heard and un - derstood, and a solution is created that respects those opinions ■ BUT court ruled anonymity is protected under 1st amendment ■ “ shields an individual from retribution or social ostracism for voicing an unpopular opinion ” ■ when is it ethical ? ■ political speech in repressive regimes 18 . Identify a major ethical downside to anonymous sourcing . ■ it fails to verify the truth of the accusations 19 . According to Jon Stewart, how did Crossfire hurt America ? ■ says pundits have a responsibility to the public discourse but they fail miserably ■ reducing news coverage of important issues → talking points from both extremes of the political spectrum ■ theyre helping the politicians and the corporations and the public is left out ■ says they ’ re doing theater instead of debate ■ they ’ re not honest ■ partisan hack: Someone who cares more about supporting a particular party or ideology than supporting what is morally right, or factually true.
20 . Why does Jon Stewart ’ s critique of Crossfire rank as highly effective ? ■ it became extremely popular ■ 260 people downloading it an hour ■ bloggers had linked to the show ’ s transcript 1,880 times within 2 months ■ townsfolk/audience understood because he was defending the public
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