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I don’t understand this Literature question and need help to study.NOTEBOOK Recurring Prompts (should be 200 words or more and have at least one citation):. Conspiracism. Draw on one of our readings from this week (fiction or non-fiction) to help you discuss an example of conspiracism that you see in the world around us (in the United States or elsewhere).For example, you could draw on a discussion of conspiracy theory in the book American Conspiracy Theories to help you set up a discussion of a conspiracy theory that you’ve heard from someone you know, or seen on social media or elsewhere. Cite the reading at least once, and write for at least 200 words about how your contemporary example of conspiracism relates to the discussion in the text. II. Hysteria. Draw on (and cite) one of our readings this week (fiction or non-fiction) to help you discuss an example of hysteria that you see in the world around us (in the United States or elsewhere).III. Paranoia. Draw attention to a form of paranoia in the world around us that you think resembles the paranoia visible in one of our literary texts ( The Crucible, A Scanner Darkly, or Bodily Harm). Cite language from the literary text at least once, and then explore the comparison between the literary text and our own world. IV. Strong Reaction. Reflect on something you felt strongly about in the reading or course materials for this week. “Felt strongly about” can include a whole range of feelings, including being fascinated, angry, alarmed, incredulous, or shocked (or other strong emotions). These strong feelings might include being irritated by the author. Quote (or in the case of film, carefully describe) the part you felt strongly about, then try to describe your reaction. Explore why you think the material might have affected you as it did.Please label your entry in the notebook so that I can tell what prompt you are responding to. For example: Week Two, First Entry, Recurring Prompt III. OPTION TWO: In American Hysteria, Andrew Burt writes:This book seeks to illustrate, though five separate examples, stretching from the 1790s to today, that America’s sense of self-identity routinely comes under pressure, with the result that certain groups confront a loss in status. Engaging in political hysteria is how these groups seek to get it back.”Based on what you can gather from Burt’s ideas so far, consider whether you see any examples of hysteria around you today that would seem to be examples of this sort of hysteria. That is, do you see any unhinged group behavior that looks like an effort to recover lost status?WEEK THREE 3. McCarthy is described in the documentary we watched as “a demagogue.” A demagogue is a leader who gets the people worked up by appealing to fears, prejudices, and passions rather than by appealing to rational arguments and evidence. a) Reflect on why the United States might be more vulnerable to demagogues than other countries or b) compare McCarthy to any figure from your own living memory of American politics–someone who also seems to have been a demagogue. WEEK 44.-We saw how Tituba (as a female slave) and the young women in The Crucible become temporarily much more powerful once they begin to accuse other people of being witches. We might read this as a version of a very old American drama in which some members of the community increase their status and power by demonizing and excluding others. Using The Crucible as a kind of model, try to briefly describe a similar ritual of power that you see at work in the United States today.Week Five1. Kathryn Olmstead points out that Americans have grown much more suspicious of their own government over the course of the 20th century partly because of the real conspiracies that have come to light. COINTELPRO is such a conspiracy; in fact, it is one of Olmstead’s examples. For the sake of argument, assume that you accept the story told in the COINTELPRO documentary (my own impression, though I’m not informed about it all, is that most of it is true). Write a notebook entry in which you think about whether the COINTELPRO story makes you more likely to take seriously the idea that parts of the US government are participating in other lawless conspiracies. WEEK 62. In The Crucible, we see a group of old men who hold awesome power refusing to face the evidence that they have been wrong and that their error is costing the lives of people they are supposed to protect. These men cling to their error because they are in the grips of a conspiracy theory. Although Arthur Miller intended the play as a commentary on Senator McCarthy, we can probably make other analogies between the powerful men in the play and similar men in our time. Try to work out an analogy of this kind in your notebook. WEEK 71. Describe the effect it had upon you to learn about the mind control programs (such as MKULRRA) pursued by the CIA under Gottleib. In particular, consider whether you think learning about such things as MKULTRA makes us more vulnerable to conspiracy theories that ascribe evil plots to the government of the United States. WEEK 81. Fenster argues that conspiracy theories often fail to explain a plausibole motive for the conspiracy. In other word, the theory is unable to explain why anyone would do what the conspirators are allegedly doing. Apply this point to a conspiracy theory that you see circulating in the culture right now.WEEK 91. Fenster describes what he refers to a the “rush” of conspiracy theory. If you or anyone you know has felt that rush, describe what it feels like and how you think it relates to the spread of conspiracy theories. WEEK 111. In “The White Album,” Didion writes “I am talking here about a time when I bega to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition, but one I found troubling” (11). If this is happened to you, write a brief reflection on that period, and think about what happens–about what it feels like–when you can’t fit the events in your own life or in the larger world to a “story” that makes sense.
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