Purpose: This second essay continues the practice of critical reading and argume
Purpose: This second essay continues the practice of critical reading and argumentation, with more emphasis on individual research. The goal is to defend a strong thesis with relevant, credible sources and insightful analysis of those sources. Required Readings/Media: You must choose at least one of these sources to use in your essay. “Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of All Time” by WatchMojo.com “Another Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of All Time” by WatchMojo.com “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories” by Karen M. Douglas, Robbie M. Sutton, and Aleksandra Cichocka “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures” by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (202-227) “Introduction: High-Crime Blind” from Conspiracy Theory in America by Lance deHaven-Smith (pages 1-24) “60 Minutes Investigates the Death of Jeffrey Epstein.” CBS News. “Why You’re Seeing Jeffrey Epstein Murder Memes Everywhere” by Kat Tenbarge and Benjamin Goggin “5 Theories About Conspiracy Theories” by Max Read “The Truth Behind Conspiracy Theories” CBS Sunday Morning Prompt: Follow the three steps below to write a strong, well-researched argument in a 4-5 page essay that follows MLA rules and guidelines, including a required Works Cited page. Step #1: First, select one conspiracy theory that is going to be the subject of your essay (can be one mentioned in our unit or an entirely different selection). Step #2: Second, do a thorough research of this conspiracy theory. Your research should provide readers with clear enough context to follow along (who, what, when, where and maybe even why and how). Step #3: Third, take a position. Argue whether or not you find this conspiracy theory legitimate or bogus. If legitimate, what value does believing or further investigating this theory bring to the public and why is that important for the public well-being? If bogus, what potential harm can this theory bring to the public and why is that important to combat? Your goal is to convince your readers to support your side. Throughout your argument, you should address at least one counterargument and provide a rebuttal for it. Source Requirements: You are required to use four sources in this essay. The first source should be the primary source that contains information about your chosen conspiracy theory. This source should be credible and from a book, article or legitimate multimedia outlet. Please do not use a blog or questionable website. You should quote from this source at least 2-3 times. The second source should be from our unit (you have nine options listed above). You must quote from this secondary source at least 2-3 times. The third source should be a scholarly article from an academic journal or book. You must quote from this secondary source at least once. The fourth source can be one you have the freedom to research and choose yourself. It can be a multimedia source (like a film, video clip, podcast, and so on), it can be another article from our unit (there are nine options above), it can be another scholarly article, or it can be an article from a legitimate newspaper or magazine. You must quote from this secondary source at least once.

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