Daily Discussion - May 30, 2013

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May 30, 2013

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What criteria might make a protest newsworthy?

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Daily Discussion Questions

    What is a genetically modified organism (GMO)? What might be the potential advantages and drawbacks of genetically modifying crops? Why are some people protesting products made by Monsanto? What does Monsanto say about its genetically modified foods? According to the report, what laws are some people proposing with regard to food that comes from GMOs? If these laws are passed, what might be their potential impact on consumers and the food industry? What is your opinion of genetically modified foods and the proposed laws regarding them?

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    Where is Timbuktu? What are some things the city is noted for? According to the report, why were ancient documents smuggled out of Timbuktu? What do you think could be done to preserve the information written in these documents? Do you think this is important? Why or why not? What might be the benefits and drawbacks of trying to preserve them?

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    According to the report, what condition did brain surgery patient Brad Carter have? How did doctors address his condition? What do you think might have been the benefits and risks Carter weighed before agreeing to surgery? What impact might this surgery have on his life?

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    What are some characteristics of tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva)? According to the video, where did these ants originate, and where are they invasive? What impact have these ants had on humans? How might humans cause them to spread? What do you think could be done to stop the spread of crazy ants?

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