Explain what is meant by the shortcuts and their products

II. On Ch. 10. “… Popular art … [A] loses its critical edge and [B] takes shortcuts to commonplace insight … to reinforce the status quo … to stabilize culture … with subtle (or not) messages that reinforced the social structure.” 1) Explain what is meant by the shortcuts and their products [B] and give some examples. 2) Explain what is meant by critical edge of art and its products in [A]. 3) What is the nature of a fake news program – the paradigm for which is the Jon Stewart show (not the way this term is used by President Trump and in other contemporary discourses)? 4) What is the nature of a genuine news program – the paradigm for which is the opposite of the Jon Stewart show? 5) What is the beneficial function of fake news in relation to genuine news – the paradigm for which is the Jon Stewart appearance on “Crossfire” with Tucker Carlson 6) Explain how fake news can be harmful. III. On Danish Cartoons. 1) Explain what the Danish cartoons were, as well as the context in which we can understand their publication.

2) Explain how Danish Cartoons could promote the critical function that you discussed in II.2. (Use the specifics of the Danish Cartoons case – do not just speak in generalities.) 3) Explain how Danish Cartoons could be harmful and promote the opposite of what you discussed in II.2. (Use the specifics of the Danish Cartoons case – do not just speak in generalities.) IV. Your own example and analysis. 1) In one sentence, name the media phenomenon (program, web application, etc.) that you wish to analyze. 2) Explain what the phenomenon that you selected in IV.1. is, as well as the context in which we can understand its taking place. 3) Explain how the phenomenon that you selected in IV.1. could promote the critical function that you discussed in II.2. (Use the specifics of what you chose – do not just speak in generalities.) 4) Explain how the phenomenon that you selected in IV.1. could be harmful and promote the opposite of what you discussed in II.2. (Use the specifics of the Danish Cartoons case – do not just speak in generalities.)

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