1)you are going to identify “kinds of logical fallacies” that can be used to defend yourself (and others..) against the attention-grabbing power of memes! State the kind of logical fallacy, define this fallacy in your own words (in a paragraph or so..), cite the sources which guide your definition, and then explain (in 1-2 paragraphs) how it applies to a given internet meme of your choice. You can do this for as many fallacy-meme pairs as you’d like
Here is a list of sources to help you get started – you are NOT restricted to just this list! You do not have to use these sources!
List of Common Fallacies Compiled by Jim Walker”You don’t need to take drugs to hallucinate; improper language can fill your world with phantoms and spooks of many kinds.” -Robert A. Wilson: http://nobeliefs.com/fallacies.htm
List of Fallacious Arguments”The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as in Sampson’s time.” — Richard Nixon http://www.don-lindsay-archive.org/skeptic/arguments.html
Wikipedia Article on Logical Fallacies”This is a list of fallacies in logic and rhetoric.” Social Science is built on such foundations and insights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies
OpenCourseWare on critical thinking, logic, and creativity”We have over 100 online tutorials on different aspects of thinking skills. They are organized into modules listed below and in the menu above. Our tutorials are used by universities, community colleges, and high schools across the world. The tutorials are completely free and under a Creative Commons license”: http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/
This is a list of fallacies in logic and rhetoric.”Logic is the study of reasoning — the nature of good (correct) reasoning and of bad (incorrect) reasoning.”: http://www.philosophicalsociety.com/Logical%20Fallacies.htm
UNC Page On Fallacies”This handout is on common logical fallacies that you may encounter in your own writing or the writing of others. The handout provides definitions, examples, and tips on avoiding these fallacies.”: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/fallacies/
2)Thus far in class, we have done or heavily discussed the following readings (linked below..); for this extra credit option, you are challenged to write a response paper on one, some, or all of these readings as a whole. What patterns did you notice between or within these readings? What elements did you find useful for your own future work? [and by the way, this is a question you should keep asking yourself in ALL of your courses!]. All the same rules for SOC 320 response papers apply – these papers can be as creative as you dare to be!
3)Watch the Original Star Trek episode “A Taste of Armageddon”. Then, using the insights of Sociological Dramaturgy, S.I., and our “chess metaphor” analyze this episode in terms of what it has to say about war and the human condition. Then, using THAT analysis, answer this question: “How might we eliminate REAL EARTH warfare?” Do you agree with Captain Kirk’s arguments on war, or those of the character Anon-7? Is replacing real war with war games a possibility? What do you think?
This extra credit opportunity has the potential to earn you a ton of points; assume that a smaller-scale.