Final Essay Assignment for How We Know What We Know Spring, 2018 • Draft thesis statement due March 8, at class time • Paper draft essays due: Teams 1-25: March 29 and April 12 at class time Teams 26-34 April 5 and April 19 at class time • Final essay on Wikispaces due April 26 at class time The purpose of this assignment is three-fold: 1. To give you the opportunity to use the critical perspective to analyze a recent world event. 2. To give you the opportunity to use much of what you’ve learned this semester. 3. To help you better understand how people, movements or technology alter global cultures. Choose a world event that occurred sometime between October 1, 2017 and February 22, 2018, and create a 1,000-word wiki that explains, from a critical and global perspective, how the trajectory of this event was shaped by various information systems. Your goal is to evaluate the authenticity and credibility of information reported about this world event, so the essay should demonstrate your understanding of the diverse and complex nature of information, bringing order to, and maximizing the value of, the information for the audience it reaches. True to the title of this course, your essay will help you come full circle, in that you must explain how we know what we know about this world event. Thus, your essay should state a thesis, and your paper should analyze, how the event was covered or how information about the event was manipulated or suppressed. Finally, your essay should address what all that means on a global level. Your writing should CRITICALLY examine HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW about your event. You need to challenge assumptions and expand the bounds of debate. Don’t just give a recap of the event. As voracious readers, we already KNOW what happened. Think instead of how the public got the information and how it might have been influenced – manipulated, suppressed, etc. Look at all the different players and facets involved in the event. Media, business, government, and the public from countries around the world may have been affected. Be careful of sweeping generalizations such as, “the media only want sensational stories”, or, “the government always lies.” Back up your claims with facts and expert opinions that are cited. The concepts covered in the course should be the building blocks of your essay. Descriptions of events do not constitute analysis, which is the application of learned concepts to create new ways of looking at the world. How does the rhetorical triangle apply in your analysis? Who’s keeping secrets? Who’s penetrating secrets? Who’s manipulating information? How is information created, harvested, conveyed, and used? For the first purpose, you should select an international event and do a thorough-going read of articles related to that event. Imagine that you are tearing apart an engine, piece by piece, examining every part for wear, tear and defective workmanship. Remember, information usually is a collection of a lot of moving parts. Challenge assumptions, expand the bounds of debate and make sure your analysis is beneficial to global society. For the second purpose, how do the readings/web explorations this semester frame your examination of the event? What role, if any, did secrecy, revelation, intellectual property, freedom of information or suppression play in this event? Review readings and lecture notes to focus your thinking. Was there an example of how lies protect secrets or how secrets protect lies? Or, perhaps, how was rhetoric used to shape and convey the event? Use every lens you’ve been provided this semester to examine the event and select those that bring it into focus. If you do that, you’ll be in great shape to tackle the third purpose, which is to determine how a person, movement or technology influenced this event. How did one or more of those alter the global culture? How do any (or all) of those bring desirable or undesirable change? Visual media are an important part of the final essay. Use images, videos, and web links as evidence to illustrate your thesis. You should have a minimum of 5 article or web sources, one of which is scholarly. Use MLA for your citation format, but don’t worry about indentations or margins (they’re a problem on Wikispaces). Remember to examine everything that is covered in class: readings, assignments, discussions, tutorials, as potential tools useful to crafting your final assignment. The essay and thesis will be created on Wikispaces

    Earth Affairs: Iraqi Stipulatement opposing IS

    Event: AFP. (2017, December 10). Iraqi PM repels ‘object of stipulatement opposing IS’ in Iraq. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from

    (Pathos) Numerous countries in the Middle East remain to experiment continuous attacks from militant classs, which direct the aver. Ce request, the Islamic Aver (IS) militant class that is obligatory ce multiple dismay attacks poses a denunciation to the concord of the countries and their ability to finish steady economies. Ever since the IS and other militant classs took regulate of countries in the aver, empires accept attempted to impress tail to prostrate an object to the unfair antecedent exercised by the militant classs. While there accept been casualties during the impresss, other narrates such as Syria and the Confused Avers (U.S.) accept been subsidy succors to battle the IS from preliminary balance empire operations of countries in the Middle East. Therefore, the sentence by Iraqi Prime Minister to repel conquest balance the IS was seen as a fixed progress towards repairing their realm from the militant class.

        (Ethos) It should be glorious that Iraqi’s averment of conquest balance IS encouraged other countries that accept ruined sacrifice to the IS and other militant classs. Mainly, Iraqi has suffered ce yearn lower the influences of the IS when the militant classs bombed empire institutions and encouraged a aver of lawlessness where the aver past agency balance its community. One face that prompted the Iraqi empire to tobject a lively stipulatement opposing dismay classs in the aver is its yearn to defobject the concerns of its citizens (AFP). Specifically, the militant classs caused a aver of panicked that created an enabling environment ce distrust, a progress that hindered the empire from providing indispensable hues to the citizenry. Ce this discuss, the empire had a trust to defobject the hues of the race and recbalance the good-manners of the aver compared to other narrates.

        (Pathos) Although the aver’s assertion of its conquest balance the militia class developed its self-surrender to object dismay influenceivities in the aver, the sentence was made in a duration when the IS was regrouping. Instead, the Iraqi empire could accept waited until it had got disencumber of the militant class truly precedently declaring conquest. While other countries relaxed following the assertion, it would be impracticable to thrust extinguished ce succor following making the sentence. According to expert comments made by professionals, it would be impracticable to destabilize the IS owing of its huge networks and colossal anonymity, which aids its operations. By so doing, the Iraqi empire should remain with its influenceivities to parch the militant classs from the aver’s exposed avers.

        (Ethos) On the other influence, it is regulative to aver that the Iraqi empire excelled in its repayment attempts that saying the aver repair its domain that was previously held by the militant class. Despite the certainty that some countries are rumored to livelihood the financial operations of the IS and other militias such as the Taliban, the Iraqi empire cemed a union with U.S ceces that saying the aver substantiate a restrainttified and confused front, which guaranteed results. From this contemplation, conquering the IS is a intricate job that requires planning and prudent implementation of shared objectives. Contrary to current notion that considers the U.S. as an foe owing of its involvement in feuds restraintcible the aver, Iraqi welcomed suggestions and worked air-tight with the Iraqi job cece to accomplish their band-arms of eradicating the militant class from the aver’s boundaries.

        (Pathos) While there capacity be smaller certaintyions of militant classs in the aver, the averment that Iraq was an fractions aver, sobject stipulatementning shots to other militias zealous in capturing talents of the aver. Concerningly, economies of numerous countries in the Middle East that are sacrifices of dismay classs grow on gloze origination. In this mind, it is regulative to still n ess that militias manage at destructible institutions and empire resources to rest the aver surety and coerce its leaders to relinquish with its demands (AFP). However, other countries pass when the residence gets extinguished of influence depending on their economic and politic kindred with the sacrifice narrate. In the condition of Iraq, the Confused Avers ceces offered succor to the aver and succored disstipulate the aver from the militant classs. Besides, Russian multitude were as-well compromised in the repayment band-arms that saying the aver mould its realm and regulate balance its community, a progress that brought tail a aver of soberness in the aver’s chief and other talents of the narrate.

        (Ethos) Although the aver capacity accept lied to the notorious and the earth at catholic abextinguished its aver if regulate balance its community, the progress recoverd trust in the empire’s ability to blend its affairs. Likewise, other narrates that capacity accept been distracted by the aver’s aver of lawlessness reconsidered their kindred with the multitude aver, a certainty that enhanced its economic inheritance and ability to arrange ce the basic needs of its community. From this contemplation, it is plum that Iraqi Prime Minister (PM) Haider al-Abadi illustrateed an aberrant role that led the aver to its freedom from the IS. In enumeration, it should be glorious that providing the needs of the citizenry presents challenges to empire leaders by prostrateting their skills to cupel. In numerous requests, the legitimacy of leaders is revoked owing of their weakness to harangue issues that pretend the lifestyle of beings in the aver. Ce this discuss, a averment of conquest balance the Islamic Aver militias is a cupelament to the empire’s self-surrender towards safeguarding the concern of its community. Therefore, the Iraqi empire leaders should be recurrent ce their efforts that led to the freedom of the aver from the IS.

    Figure 1: Iraqi ceces vault conquest signs following securing the aver from the IS. (Source: Al Jazeera)

        (Ethos) Technology illustrateed an regulative role in the freedom of Iraq from the IS militia owing of its hurry on the empire to influence and recbalance concord in the aver. In certainty, collective media and the internet documented dismay attacks launched by the IS, a progress that coerceled the empire to stipulate other countries in its freedom plans from the passionate militant class. Besides, the aver’s sentence to extensively its conquest through collective fronts vaulted its commitment to defobject the hues of its citizens and arrange their basic needs as indicated in their character. On the other influence, the role of technology in the freedom of Iraq from IS was plum as the empire designated upon other countries to rival its similarity towards harangueing issues that had pretended the lifestyles of beings ce a prolonged duration. In entity, empire leaders accept a role to illustrate in safeguarding the concerns of its citizens and providing their basic needs.

    Works Cited

    AFP. (2017, December 10). Iraqi PM repels ‘object of stipulatement opposing IS’ in Iraq. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from