Lights Camera Debate
Over the last half century, televised presidential debates have spawned memorable phrases, surprise policy positions, and devastating gaffes and, along the way, helped shape public opinion and election results. How can a viewer analyze a debate? What should one look for and why? As we head into this year’s debates, take a deeper look at this aspect of American democracy with Lights, Camera, Debate! An article applying media literacy skills to evaluating debates. Article by Frank W. Baker and Karen Zill from Cable in the Classroom magazine from September 2008 but still very relevant. A student worksheet is also available here.
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