Writer’s Notebook 4.1 Instructions
For this Writer’s Notebook, you should practice actively reading Katy Waldman’s article called “Facebook’s Unethical Experiment.” Before you read, you should preview the text using the strategies you have learned in your lesson. Then, you should read the article and should use the table on the right of the text to add comments, questions, and annotations about the article. To submit the document, save it to your computer and upload it to the Writer’s Notebook.
Step 1: Preview
After reading the title and glancing over the text (below), what do you think the text will be about? What do you understand about the text from the title? What does the picture add to your first impressions about the text? Enter your response to the preview here:
Step 2: Read
As you read the article, use the right side of the table to annotate the text. Here are some questions to get you started:
What words do you not understand? What connections can you make with the text? What questions do you have about the text? What are some possible ways to interpret the article’s meaning? Which aspects of the text do you agree or disagree with?
Be sure to think about these questions as well as the information about active reading from Unit 4.
Facebook’s Unethical Experiment
It intentionally manipulated users’ emotions without their knowledge.
By Katy Waldman
Facebook’s methodology in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences raises serious ethical questions.
Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images
Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study “emotional contagion through