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Thinking Critically, Seventh Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Additional Chapter Activities
Chapter 9: Reporting, Inferring, and Judging

  1. Advances in computer technology have made the digital manipulation of images more commonplace than ever before. However, even the most basic photographic snapshot is, to some degree, a manipulated image. That is, at some point, the person behind the camera chose where to point the camera and when, exactly, to snap the picture. Write a short essay in which you describe a photograph (perhaps of yourself) that looks different from how you remember the actual scene. Talk about what the photograph includes, but also what is excludes. For example, were there other people or things present that do not show up in the photograph, but who influenced the shot?

  2. The "ethic of care" refers to personal moral responsibility in terms of your ability to empathize with another person's situation; that is, you consider other people's perspectives when you evaluate your own actions. Write a short essay in which you discuss a time in your life that you practiced the "ethic of care," whether you did so consciously or otherwise. Think about a time in which you made a point to consider another person's feelings when you were deciding about your own actions.


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