world event that occurred sometime between July 1, 2019 and October 1, 2018,
and create a 1,000-word essay that explains, from a critical and global
perspective, how the trajectory of this event was shaped by various information
systems. Your goal is to evaluate the authenticity and credibility of
information reported about this world event, so the essay should demonstrate
your understanding of the diverse and complex nature of information, bringing
order to, and maximizing the value of, the information for the audience it
reaches. True to the title of this course, your essay will help you come full
circle, in that you must explain how we
know what we know about this world event. Thus, your essay should state a
thesis, and your paper should analyze, how the event was covered or how
information about the event was manipulated or suppressed. Finally, your essay
should address what all that means on a global level.
writing should CRITICALLY examine HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW about your event. You
need to challenge assumptions and expand the bounds of debate. Don’t just give
a recap of the event. As voracious readers, we already KNOW what happened.
Think instead of how the public got the information and how it might have been
influenced – manipulated, suppressed, etc. Look at all the different players
and facets involved in the event. Media, business, government, and the public
from countries around the world may have been affected. Be careful of sweeping
generalizations such as, “the media only want sensational stories”, or, “the
government always lies.” Back up your claims with facts and expert opinions
that are cited.
concepts covered in the course should be the building blocks of your essay. Descriptions
of events do not constitute analysis, which is the application of learned
concepts to create new ways of looking at the world. How does the rhetorical
triangle apply in your analysis? Who’s keeping secrets? Who’s penetrating
secrets? Who’s manipulating information? How is information created, harvested,
conveyed, and used?
first purpose, you should select an international event and do a thorough-going
read of articles related to that event. Imagine that you are tearing apart an
engine, piece by piece, examining every part for wear, tear and defective
workmanship. Remember, information usually is a collection of a lot of moving
parts. Challenge assumptions, expand the bounds of debate and make sure your
analysis is beneficial to global society.
second purpose, how do the readings/lectures this semester frame your
examination of the event? What role, if any, did secrecy, revelation,
intellectual property,freedom of information or suppression play in this event?
Review readings and lecture notes to focus your thinking. Was there an example
of how lies protect secrets or how secrets protect lies? Or, perhaps, how was
rhetoric used to shape and convey the event? Use every lens you’ve been
provided this semester to examine the event and select those that bring it into
If you do
that, you’ll be in great shape to tackle the third purpose, which is to
determine how a person, movement or technology influenced this event. How did
one or more of those alter the global culture? How do any (or all) of those
bring desirable or undesirable change?
media are an important part of the final essay. Use images, videos, and web
links as evidence to illustrate your thesis. If you have trouble with media on
the WordPress site, you may email a pdf, Word, or Publisher formatted copy of
your essay to your writing coach. You should have a minimum of 5article or web sources,
one of which is scholarly. An excellent essay will likely have more sources
than 5. Use MLA for your citation format, but don’t worry about indentations or
margins (they’re a problem on WordPress). The works cited list will not count
against the 1,000 word limit. Remember to examine everything that is covered in
class: readings, assignments, discussions, tutorials, as potential tools useful
to crafting your final assignment. The essay and thesis will be created on sperateWordPress
Thesis and sources
access to ammunition has become very easy to do in the 21st century.
There have been multiple school shootings happening within this year by people
between the ages of 16-25. Being able to create ammo yourselves will become
much more problematic for society. Individuals would worry about massacres
being committed, the threat of big government intrusions, regulatory barriers,
market shortages or price hikes that might limit access to essential supplies
like lead or gunpowder. Media sites like YouTube and Bing worry about the
consequences of D.I.Y (Do it yourself), which has caused them to ban it on
Warlow, Tom. Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics, Chapman and Hall/CRC,
2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/fiu/detail.action?docID=827020.
book talks about the development of arms and ammunition from the fourteenth
century to the present day, by examining firearms laws around the world,
including legal challenges raised in the U.S. by the Daubert decision. It talks
about firearms manufacturing processes, the mechanisms of various firearms, and
the linking of a particular bullet or spent cartridges with a suspected
weapon. I found this in the proquest database.
Gojanovic, M. D. (1995). Fatal firearm injuries caused by handmade weapons.Journal of Clinical Forensic
Medicine, 2(4), 213-216. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.fiu.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/docview/17071030?accountid=10901
article talks about six cases of accidental death caused by a shot from
handmade or improvised firearms. There’s one case where the weapon used was a
shop-made gun with home-made ammunition. I found this in the proquest
Reporter, RICHARD VERNALLS. “ANTIQUES MURDER SHOW – BRUM SCIENTISTS LEAD BATTLE
AGAINST ROGUE DEALERS WHO ARE TURNING OBSOLETE GUNS INTO DEADLY WEAPONS.” Birmingham Mail (England),
01 ed., sec. News, 20 Oct. 2018, p. 22,23. NewsBank,
Accessed 23 Oct. 2018.
talks about the consequences that Birmingham faces against rogue dealers
bringing antique weapons back. He talks about a licensed firearms trader named
Edmunds, bringing obsolete calibre weapons back by handcrafting the bullets
from a garage workshop.
Ian. “Inside the World of D.I.Y. Ammunition.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5
Oct. 2018, http://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/us/3d-printed-guns-homemade-ammunition.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology.
talks about a 29-year old gunsmith by the name of Michael Crumling show a
collection of lead bullets that he crafted himself from scratch. He talks about
bullets that wouldn’t ruin the plastic firearms. I found this on ny times
Stamm, Dan. “Police Find Handmade Gun & 1,600 Rounds in HS Threat
Case.” NBC 10
Philadelphia, NBC 10 Philadelphia, 2 Apr. 2018, http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Exchange-Student-Bonner-Prendergast-Gun-Ammunition-Threats-478530693.html.
article talks about an 18-year old Taiwanese high school exchange student that
brought a handmade 9mm gun using parts that he bought online with 1600 rounds
of ammunition to school. I found this on the nbc news website.
of Imaging Exploding Bullets With Ultrasound.” Annals of Emergency
Medicine, Mosby, 2 Nov. 2005, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196064496700604.
talking about evaluating the safety of using ultrasound technology to
image exploding bullets that have not detonated. They use various types of
exploding bullets at various depths with various transducers and using