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Social Media and Democracy Lecture


Democratic Values Defined

One thing I thought of is that “democratic values” is not the same thing as “democracy.” For example, the values of debate include critical thinking, free speech, academic achievement. If I say, does social media promote, “debate’s values,” that does not mean it promotes debate (or should or shouldn’t promote debate); it just means we’d examine if social media promotes critical thinking, education, etc., not whether or not it promotes


Resolved: In the United States, social media is beneficial for democratic values (Bibliography and evidence)

Video Debates Social Media Can Strengthen Democracy General Social Media and Democracy (2020). This is a book that contains arguments on both sides of the debate but it is largely Con. What effect does social media on democracy? (2018). This article from the Project Manager for Civic Engagement at Facebook identifies the threats to a strong public sphere on Facebook and identifies some of the efforts Facebook is trying to


Presumed consent organ donation should be the law across the United States (bibliography and evidence)

General Presumed Consent For Organ Donation (2020). This article explains that while the US has opt-in organ donation, more and more countries are adopting opt-out. Presumed vs Expressed Consent in the US and Internationally (2005). This article discusses the pros and cons of organ donation, with citations! It also includes a discussion of presumed consent policies in other countries and claims PC in other countries increases organ donation. Should the


Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms

Join Our Two Week Public Forum Camp $895 General US Participation in the IMF: A Primer  *Pro General economic growth The effects of IMF programs on poverty, income inequality and social expenditure in low income countries: an empirical analysis (2020) The Effect of IMF Programmes on Economic Growth in Low Income Countries: An Empirical Analysis (2017) IMF bailouts — roads to stability or recipes for disaster? Coronavirus: Developing economies are


Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms. (Bibliography)

Definition — West Africa West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of Africa. The United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.[8] The population of West Africa is estimated at about 381 million[1][2] people as of 2018, and at 381,981,000 as of 2017, of which 189,672,000 are female and 192,309,000 male.[3] Wikipedia General — Slides and