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(CNN Student News) -- May 19, 2011

Media Literacy Question of the Day

If you could produce a public service announcement to promote interest in a career field, what elements would you include, and why?

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Syria Sanctions

What are sanctions? Why did President Barack Obama sign an executive order to impose sanctions on the nation of Syria?

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Are you aware of any other times that the U.S. government has issued sanctions against another nation? Do you think that imposing sanctions is an effective way to persuade a government to change its behavior? Why or why not?

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Alabama Relief

What is University of Alabama student James O'Dwyer doing to help tornado victims in Tuscaloosa?

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How did O'Dwyer use social media to help his cause? Can you think of any other ways to use social media to improve lives after a disaster or tragedy? Explain.

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War on Dirty Jobs?

What are some examples of blue-collar jobs? According to the video, what is happening to the image of the blue-collar worker?

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Who is Mike Rowe? Why did he recently testify before the Senate Commerce Committee? Why does Rowe believe that American society has waged a "cold war on work"? Do you agree or disagree with his assertion?

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What is your view of manual labor? Is it something that you have done or would ever consider doing? Why or why not?

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In the program, Rowe says that he believes that the tradesmen are going to be fine, but that "it's the rest of us, who rely on their work, who are gonna take it in the neck." What do you think that he means? What effects, if any, do you think that a lack of skilled labor could have on your life?

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