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Instructions: For the exam, you will write two essays of approximately 600-800 words. You may choose between any of the four questions below. Write comprehensive answers that use course materials (readings and lecture notes) to develop your argument for each question. Each essay you write needs a thesis statement as part of an introductory paragraph. Please let me know which topic you choose so I can give you course materials. 1. In this course, we have discussed how the American media is privately owned (with few exceptions) and profit-seeking. What are the benefits and what are the demerits of having privately-owned media? How might our media be different if there was a substantially larger share of public media in American? How might a larger share of public media change the behavior of candidates for office? Elected officials? Other members of the media? 2. The growth of online and digital technology has massively changed the world of media and politics. Describe how technological changes have altered 1) the relationship between politicians and citizens, 2) the economics of the news business; 3) competition among news outlets; and 4) the day-to-day routines of journalists. Analyze the impact of these changes. How have they improved the information environment for American voters? How have they harmed that environment? 3. The American media aspires to be neutral. It values presenting factual information and both sides of an argument; it avoids making judgments about the behavior of politicians and the effectiveness of policy proposals. Evaluate the efficacy of this value in contemporary politics. Is the media able to meet its goal of staying neutral and even-handed between different points of view? What factors complicate the ability of the mainstream media to be as even-handed as they desire. In your answer, you should also examine how indexing reduces the perspectives discussed by American media and the consequences of that.