Read http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/world/middleeast/16saudi.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Siegel-t.html for contrasting views of how the Internet relates to repressive governments. Be sure to investigate terms you don't understand and do background research as needed. These readings are found in fac_peterson/Pick Up/151.
Read "From Print to Pixel" in conjunction with the presentation on the history of books.
The reading can be accessed here http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=4&hid=14&sid=af25aacb-89eb-41f5-ac8d-a3e98b53c04d%40sessionmgr4&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=51883485 or via the Library's Academic Search Premier or in fac_fullmer.
Read "Bad News" (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/books/review/31POSNER.html) - a commentary on the current state of the news industry and the issues of bias and journalistic ethics. Be able to cite specific examples presented in this article and summarize the basic arguments it makes.
Also available in fac_peterson