Below is the reading schedule and journal assignment for the book Unspun. When you cite examples, try for a mix of commercial and political ones. These journals must be hand-written. Do not hand in typed notes.
Warning sign: A story that’s too good
Definition: Approach claims cautiously when they are too dramatic, especially when we want them to be true
Authors’ example: Bellesiles claimed that household gun ownership had been rare in colonial and pre-Civil War America; he falsified data
My example: 60 Minutes Modern Snake Oil Salesman shows that people will believe anything if they want to believe it bad enough. In this case, it’s the cure for ALS.
N.B. The first journal for Unspun was done in class on 9/17. Write a brief paragraph about your initial impressions of the book.