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October 04, 2016


Dr. M

Josh -- Interesting comments on how this battle is played out today on YouTube. I appreciate your brief attempt to make a connection with the content of the reading, but I'd like you to make more of an effort in that direction. Could you tell us more---and in more detail---about how this reading helped you understand the history of the issue? Why did censorship become so important at particular time in history. How was it justified? What did the censors expect to happen? How did the distributors of information react and respond? What did this historical period teach us about this battle?

It's fine to make connections to the present day, but don't forget to demonstrate the depth of your reading of the actual assigned article.

Grade: 1

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