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Through the Distant Lens of 1787: Would the Framers Be Shocked by Today’s Politics?

Prior to completing your assignment make sure you have read through chapter 6 of your textbook.
Title: Through the Distant Lens of 1787: Would the Framers Be Shocked by Today’s Politics?
Description: Political polarization, misinformation, clashing identities, policy deadlock, and a cascade of crises and problems. That’s today’s politics. Does any of it echo the politics of 1787 when the Constitution was written and ratified?
Bio: Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is author of How America Lost Its Mind, which looks at the alarming rise in misinformation. Earlier books include: Informing the News, which examined America’s changing information system and the challenges it poses; The Vanishing Voter, which examined the causes and consequences of voter participation; Out of Order, which looked at the media’s political role and received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication; The Mass Media Election, which studied the media’s election impact; and The Unseeing Eye, which examined television’s role in elections and was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century. He is also the author an introductory American government text, We the People (McGraw-Hill), that is in its 13th edition. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
Assignment:
Before you begin your written reflection, make sure you watch the entire lecture from Professor Patterson.
https://mcgrawhill.zoom.us/rec/share/nzGWLZuxvHcLt6_SWnn2loXmX5b3xkJzyutA1ze4pUM-h2p3YdCkRH2GbdNbW39D.vt4TrsvDetQHP7Xo (Links to an external site.)
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In approximately 2 pages, double spaced with 1” margin, in 12pt Times New Roman font answer the following questions.
Professor Patterson references philosopher John Stuart Mill. Provide your reflection on that quote. How can we better consume information/news? What is the outcome of not being dependent on certain sources? Do you think you do a good job consuming news?
Professor Patterson references columnist David Brooks, do you think that the Brooks’s comment ties in with the quote from John Stuart Mill? Why or why not? Make sure you expand here.
According to Professor Patterson how can we honor our nation’s heritage?
What are your overall reflections on the lecture?
Your written reflection should be organized into paragraph form and it should be clear you viewed the entirety of the video.