two 500 word questions based on intro to politics

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questions should be supported by book as well. online book..there is an online sample of book that leaves out pages occationally. http://books.google.com/books?id=KgZix6ekOgMC&pg=PR18&lpg=PR18&dq=the+promise+and+performance+of+american+democracy+online&source=bl&ots=Y_sbkq5nDE&sig=uZPhSY6KJMOu7XrvOpZjExfga6M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v8oFUPeEMcml6wG-2-H8CA&ved=0CGEQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

chapter 8 and 9 questions,

chapter 8.The public sphere presumes a marketplace of ideas, where numerous interests and points of view compete for attention. But what if the mass media are largely in the hands of a few narrow interests? By the early 21st century, just a handful of corporations controlled a dominant share of the mass media industry in the United States, so it seems fair to assume that those corporations could hold a few narrow interests. If control of the news media belongs only to a specific few, what prevents them from censoring or distorting information that harms their interests? Discuss the importance of a free press in terms of a "marketplace of ideas," then discuss the dangers and possible implications of private control.

chapter 9.

Two of the core democratic values - popular sovereignty and majority rule - are particularly pertinent to the topic of public opinion. Popular sovereignty means that the highest source of political authority is the will of the people. Majority rule means that the government follows the course of action preferred by most people. How is it possible to add up the disagreements and different attitudes about all the issues facing the country into a clear expression of the people's will? Make an argument for public opinion polling as the means to measure the preferences of the majority. Be sure to consider alternative views to your argument and address the implications

 

please base answers on book to best of ability. 

 

" In your post I look for demonstrated familiarity with the course content, synthesized understanding, critical analysis, and most importantly your original thinking. Your post is worth five points. You grades should reflect the quality of your work along these criteria. As a general guideline, your post should be about 500 words. It is an open note, open book test, and you are required to work on your own independently. Let me know should you have any questions and please list all the references, including the textbook, academic books and journals, and any online resources, at the end of your post." teachers directions on each question 

 

 have each question in 2 seperate atachments .

 

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