Adversarial Media and the Dialectical Method

Topic Description

Oppositional argument is older than the current political television talkshows would have us believe. In this unit, students read about of dialectical argument, and ask why news and political television-theater gravitated so strongly to that mode of difference resolution.


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Morris, Errol. "The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 1)." The New York Times, October 18, 2009. (NYTimes opinion piece by documentary filmmaker, Errol Morris.)

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