Media Analysis Short Paper Read the articles “Science vs Medieval Thinking” and “Air Pollution Northeast of Edmonton as Bad as World’s Largest Cities: Study.” Links to both articles will be provided. (Please read all the links posted) Choose one of the articles and write a well-structured and well-developed essay (which means it includes a thesis statement and clearly organized paragraphs) in which you critically analyze (not summarize) the article and determine whether or not it is credible, and why. Performing critical analysis means you are not to simply agree or disagree with the issue itself, but rather focus on the language the articles use to develop their arguments about the issues. You might consider word choice, tone, representation of data (or lack thereof), representation of expertise, use of images, use of the headline to invoke bias, etc. Review Kent Lewis’s chapters on “Questions,” “Argument,” and “Media” for other characteristics to consider in performing your analysis, and also consider the reasons for the edit and/or removal of the article from the Edmonton Journal’s website. Remember to use APA general essay style format and citation/references format and to avoid the common writing errors outlined in World and World’s Appendix A&B.
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