Originally, the plan was to introduce the week's discussion of Consumerism by watching a video and responding over the weekend. I've changed that up so that you'll read and respond to something for Monday, and we'll watch the video for part of class.
Read this short book review by Malcolm Gladwell, in which he defends popular culture as intellectually edifying:
"Brain Candy: Is pop culture dumbing us down or smartening us up?"
When you're done, respond in a comment to this post. Do you agree with his claim? Why or why not?
In addition, please read the packet distributed on Thursday concerning the debate and editorial/op-ed assignment. It will be important for us to clear up any questions you have sooner rather than later.