This research is about the factory farming effects and then the media’s portrait and advertising (lie) that want to change the peoples mind about factory farming. and how people are unaware of those (Please do not plagiarize last time i almost got caught)!
RESEARCH PAPER I selected the factory farming (not the fracking)
Use Chapter One of Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s Manufacturing Consent to analyze the story told in either Food, Inc. or Gasland.
Your research assignment is to get to the truth of fracking or factory farming, and to account for the both the presence or absence and kinds of stories told about fracking/factory farming in mainstream media versus the stories told by independent documentary film. You should also make sense of levels of public awareness of and discrepancies in public opinion on these issues. Finally, you’ll look at the science behind factory farming or hydraulic fracturing methods.
GUIDING QUESTIONS (you do not have to answer all of these, but looking into several of them will help you develop a thesis and supporting ideas)
*Define fracking/factory farming. What are its methods and procedures? What are its goals?
*What is the history of fracking/factory farming—that is, what discoveries, inventions, and changes in the social fabric led to its genesis, proliferation, and mainstream acceptance?
*What are some of the effects of fracking/factory farming on public health/the environment? How widely are these known about?
*What response do curious citizens in the documentary get when they try to obtain answers about the effects of and/or the laws surrounding these procedures? How do you make sense of this? What laws protect the corporations responsible for these practices?
*What stories do mainstream media networks tell about the food industry / fracking? How are these similar to or different from the stories told in the documentary? How prevalent are these stories?
*Who funds/advertises on the tv networks that have told the other stories? How might this affect the content or prevalence of the stories?
*Who funded/advertised the documentaries? How would you define the goals/aims of their directors? How does this affect the content of the stories told?
*Did the documentary you’re looking at receive any flak from mainstream media or the government? From whom? Use Manufacturing Consent to make sense of the kinds of flak the documentaries received.
*Go through the filters from Manufacturing Consent in order to analyze why stories like the ones presented in the documentaries are rarely shown on mainstream news.
*What scientific research is required by the government before procedures such as hydraulic fracturing, growth hormones, GMOs, monocultures, etc. are approved? What kind of research is not required?
*Are there any laws about what information regarding GMOs, factory farmed meat, etc. can be released to the public? How do these laws interact with the first amendment?
*How does the packaging of factory-farmed products construct an image of the products and their origins?
You will be graded on, not only thoroughly researching and reporting back, but also on asking good questions, synthesizing information, applying Chomsky’s ideas to your findings, looking openly at multiple angles of an issue, analyzing visual images, and putting disparate sources together in order to construct a thorough analysis of the issue you’re considering.
MAY 26 – ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
JUNE 2 – OUTLINE
JUNE 9 – FIRST DRAFT / WORKSHOP
FINAL EXAM DATE – FINAL DRAFTS DUE