You are a Texas Senator on a three person Senate Committee on Education. The committee has
been given an extra $2 million by the Comptroller of Public Accounts who shows that there has
been a significant increase in tax revenue in the state. The money will go toward college
scholarships in public universities. The committee’s job is to decide on proper allocation of the
funds and make a recommendation to the full Senate.
Senator Rawls represents an economically challenged portion of urban Dallas. Senator Rawls
grew up in this neighborhood and expresses that poor people are the individuals most in need, and
that all extra resources should go to those most in need. Senator Rawls recommends that all
scholarships be need based. Senator Bentham represents and was raised in an upper middle class
portion of Houston. Senator Bentham says the money should go to the students who are excellent
high school students who want to major in STEM fields. Senator Bentham says the investment
will produce and overall healthier society and that ability to succeed in college in an important
field is more import than being in personal need because the investment is more likely to produce
more overall good in things like medical procedures, drugs, and infrastructure.
You are the third and deciding vote. In a full sentence, grammatically correct essay explain the
following in the order outlined by the numbers below.
- What is your decision on how to distribute the money?
- Rawls (give to those most in need) and Bentham (give to those who will give the most back)
explain their basis of decision making in justifying their decision. Explain the basis of your
decision. Justify your decision. What will this mean in future decisions that you make as a
legislator? What are the pros and cons of your decision making process?
- What about general experiences in your life caused you to have the core beliefs to make the
II. Social Responsibility Essay/Knowledge of civic responsibility
In your own words, answer the following questions.
- Why is it important to vote?
- Why is it important to be well informed on civic issues?
- Considering your previous answers what is your responsibility to your community when it
comes to voting and being informed on civic issues?
Media is considered an integral part of daily life as we are constantly subject to being an audience to different forms of media platforms. Through market forces the media system is economically structured in such a way that it produces systemic biases, causing journalist and reporters to internalize presuppositions about the world producing ideological conformity without the need of coercion. The propaganda model attempts to explain the relationship between the so called ‘free press’ and the media elites. This essay contends to unravel the relevance of the five filters of the propaganda model and how applicable this theory it in contemporary society as opposed to when it was first introduced. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s 1988 book titled ‘Manufacturing Consent’ claimed that media behavior is driven by a variety of variables that extend from both institutional and political pressures in a profit-driven system. As a direct contrast to the liberal standpoint that suggests journalism is incompatible and adversarial to the influence of elitism and established power. The propaganda theory introduced in 1988 maintains that media content will undeniably “serves the ends of the dominant elite” (Herman & Chomsky 1994, 1). As one of the most notable books of its time, ‘Manufacturing Consent’ contested the widespread belief of the impartial nature of the media. To remove the degree of democracy, the official structure of the propaganda theory stems from the agenda setting of corporate power selling audiences to different established power. When the theory was first introduced, it was considered ludicrous to imply large media institutions including CBS news, The New York Times and Time were vessels of propaganda that “depend heavily on elite information sources” (Herman, 2003, 114). In today’s modern society mistrust, disinformation and propaganda pervades the media, where there is a strong emphasis on denouncing the myth of democratic western media. The propaganda model when it was first introduced recognized patterns of media dependence supplied by official sources, for instance media reliance on military or government officials. Media circulated around fortifying a degree of public support particularly in cases of war, for example the 2003 media frenzy surrounding the false speculation of destructive arsenal in Iraq was all politically motivated to support the rise of the freedom agenda after the 9/11 attack on America or the US invasion of Iraq. Through the use of the five selective filters in the propaganda model: corporate ownership, the role of advertising, the media elite, flak by established power and anti-communism as a form of ideological control, it becomes clear that the role of the United States media in the 19th century was more pertinent to the implementation of the filters as opposed to today. The five filters featured in the opening chapter of ‘Manufacturing Consent’ play a crucial role in demonstrating the corruptive nature of the so called ‘democratic’ media system. The notable censorship and enforcement of selective agenda setting and framing enabled established power to control mass media outlets. The Model demonstrated how radical, critical journalism or any ‘offensive’ media contribution>GET ANSWER