Topics for Delta Essay #1 (Due 13 Oct. in class)

Write an essay on one of these topics:


  1. Does public opinion data on abortion, social security, and "Beyond Red v. Blue" political views indicate that the public, as a collectivity, is rational and stable?


  1. Is political advertising as the "artful assembling of nominal facts into hideous, outrageous lies" successful at shaping public opinion, or does opinion data on abortion, social security, and other issues show that the public sees past efforts to manipulate them?
  2. Given the typologies in "Beyond Red v. Blue," would narrow-casting of political messages enable presidential candidates to assemble broad coalitions more effectively or would the Pew study findings create incentives for candidates to mislead various groups via narrow-casting to gain votes?


The essay should be 800-1000 words in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman or Book Antiqua and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) There must be a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.


If you have not already reviewed the guidelines for writing a good essay, do so.