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  • Today's Daily Discussion includes the Media Literacy Question of the Day
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(CNN Student News) -- February 10, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What impact, if any, does social media have on your life? If you use social media, what tips would you offer to those who are new to it?

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Mixed Signals to Egypt

How would you describe the current political atmosphere on the streets of Cairo, Egypt? What are protesters there demanding? What has Egypt's vice president promised to these protesters?

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According to the video: What did U.S. Vice President Joe Biden say in a phone call to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman? What comments has the Egyptian vice president made in response?

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According to the analyst in the video: How has the U.S. government's message to Egypt changed? What concerns have been voiced in the U.S. about the Egyptian vice president?

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Based on what you know about the situation in Egypt, if you were an adviser to President Obama, what course of action would you recommend, and why?

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State of the Economy

Who is Ben Bernanke? What is his view of how the U.S. economy is doing?

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What is your opinion of the current state of the U.S. economy? On what evidence are you basing your opinion?

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Silicon Valley's Projected Growth

According to the video: How is recent business activity at Facebook a "barometer" of what is happening in Silicon Valley? What three areas of the technology industry are seeing growth?

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How do you think that a growing tech industry might impact the state of California, the U.S., and the global economy?

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Proposed Law on Sexting

What is "sexting"? How does a proposed law in Texas aim to address sexting?

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What do you think of this proposal? How do you feel about punishing parents as well as teens who are found guilty of sexting?

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Discuss what you think can and should be done to prevent teens from sending sexually suggestive images and messages. In your opinion: How should teens be educated about the long-term effects of sexting? What should the penalties be for sexting?

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