I have attached the textbook below and the introductory blog post. For my topic,


I have attached the textbook below and the introductory blog post. For my topic, my main focus was the chapter on media in the textbook, but other reliable sources may be used as well. I have started at the beginning of the second blog post already, but it needs to be completed as well as blog posts 3-5 (THERE SHOULD BE 4 TOTAL BLOG POSTS) I would appreciate it if each blog post were in a separate document as well. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
Instead of writing a series of short papers to engage with the course material, you are asked to
create a minimum of five interrelated blog posts on a political topic of interest to you. You will
research and blog about your chosen topic for the entire course, so pick a topic that is
important to you and that you want to learn more about! Since this an academic blog, your
posts ought to reflect that: use proper syntax and grammar and reference your sources
following either APA or MLA style.
For your second blog, take the issue/topic you introduced in your first blog and create a blog
post containing the following components:
Describe the nature of the issue and explain its relevance to the American political process. Why is this an issue that is important and controversial right now?
Explain the main controversy or controversies around the issue. Since this is an academic blog, reference at least two sources in support of each side of the argument (four sources total).
Conclude your blog with a sentence or two sharing your position on the issue and tell readers what they can expect to learn in subsequent blogs, i.e., what will be the argument you are presenting in your post? What opinion or position would you want to convince your readers of?
This blog should be 600-800 words and will count for 2/5 of your overall blog grade. Please visit
the Blog Post 2 folder in D2L under Assignments for the grading rubric and detailed
instructions.
Blogs 3-5 build on your second post and are meant to help you further develop your argument.
Three times throughout the course, you are asked to present follow-on blogs to your second
blog. In these blogs, you reflect on your topic based on information you learned in the class. In
other words, pick a concept or broad theme from a lesson that intrigues you and present how
the concept/theme relates to your topic and how it affects your opinion. You may choose any
of the lessons/chapters as inspiration for researching issues related to your topic. For example,
when discussing the court system in the United States, you could research how the Supreme
Court has decided an issue related to your topic (e.g., biodiversity as in the example above),
present in 2-3 sentences the Court’s decision and in another 2-3 sentences how that decision
impacts policies relevant to your topic. Again, conclude with a sentence or two stating and
justifying your opinion (about the Court’s decision). Make sure to properly reference your
sources (e.g., the court case you describe).
Blogs 3-5 should each be 300-400 words and will each count for 1/5 of your overall blog grade. Please note: you may only submit one blog post per lesson.


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