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(CNN Student News) -- September 28, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

How could you use different forms of media to define and promote civility among your peers?

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Small Business Bill

What are some of the provisions found in a new $42 billion law directed at small businesses? How many jobs are expected to be created by this law?

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What are some of the criticisms that have been raised concerning this new law? What is your opinion of this new law? Explain.

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Human-Powered Flight

What is an ornithopter? How does the ornithopter featured in the program work? Would you want to fly this aircraft? Why or why not?

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What historic achievement did Todd Reichert accomplish in his ornithopter? What do you think might be the value, if any, of this accomplishment for society?

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Why do you think, as Reichert says, that human flight "is a dream that humanity has had for so long?"

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Repairing Rude

What is the purpose of Rutgers University's Project Civility? What is Rutgers senior Scott Lazes's contribution to this project? What does Lazes say in the report about civility?

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What are some actions that you've seen that you would characterize as uncivil? Why do you think that some people take these actions? What, if anything, do you think could be done to encourage people to change their uncivil behavior? Explain.

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If you could produce a documentary on a topic of your choosing, what topic would you select, and why?

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