Identify the theoretical statement and answer the following question in a 3 page essay.

Choose an article from either of the websites listed below:

  • The New York Times, Opinion Page 

    The editorial page of one of the nation’s leading newspapers

    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/index.html

  • Fox News, Opinion Page 

    Website of Fox News, providing conservative opinion pieces on national and international news

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/index.html

Then, identify a current argument in the popular media that incorporates or necessitates theoretical statements. Include a copy of the passage in which you locate the argument.

In a 3-page essay, describe the following:

  • How did you identify the theoretical statement in the argument?
  • Do you believe the theoretical statement should be accepted? Why, or why not?
  • If the statement should be accepted, demonstrate how it is immune to first-stage criticism.
  • If the statement should not be accepted, demonstrate how either first-stage or second-stage criticism of the theory undermines its veracity.

This essay will include a thesis statement regarding the author’s position on the theory. It will include an introduction that introduces the reader to the issues at stake, and a conclusion that summarizes the author’s findings.

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