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

Write an essay on one of these topics:


  1. Does the decline in family-based political socialization and the rise of media-based political socialization improve the ability of public opinion to reflect the public good?


  1. Is political advertising the "artful assembling of nominal facts into hideous, outrageous lies" or is it clarification -- not an obfuscation?
  2. Does the narrow-casting of political messages, especially the ability to say different things to different people improve the ability of politicians to communicate with voters or does it enable public discourse to become more divisive?


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.