Ashford University Week 4 Dis

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the following Required Resources:

Option 1: Read What Makes an Urban Legend? (Links to an external site.) and address the following:

  • In what ways have urban legends adapted over time, both in terms of the content of urban legends and the way in which the spread over time?
  • What urban legends, folklore, or scary supernatural tales do you remember hearing about as a child?
  • What kinds of urban legends have you encountered as an adult?
  • How many counterintuitive elements exist in the urban legends and other tales that you have encountered?
  • What strong emotions are evoked by these tales?
  • Are there elements to these stories that deal with death and survival or both?
  • What do you think urban legends will look like in the future?

Option 2: According to the maps in ‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide (Links to an external site.) Scroll to the end of the article and enter your zip code, then address the following:

  • What kind of television is most popular where you live?
    • Which shows are most and least popular where you live?
      • Do your own preferences line up with what is popular in your area?
    • On the list of 50 shows, are there any shows that you are unfamiliar with, and if so, why might this be?
    • What do our television preferences say about us as individuals and also about our regional cultures?
    • What cultural divides are illustrated in the maps in this article?
    • How does our consumption of media today differ from the 1960s and 70s, when television was “the great unifier”?
    • What benefits and drawbacks are there to the wide variety of television shows and diverse casts that we have available today?

Discussion 2: 150 words or more

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review this week’s readings, guidance, and announcements. Reflect on what you found interesting, surprising, or confusing.

This discussion forum is an opportunity for you to explore topics that interest you, share critical insights and questions that you are working with, share your struggles and triumphs, and discuss difficulties that may have arisen this week. Your initial post should describe your experiences in the course this past week, prompting further discussion. Address at least two of the following questions:

  • Was there anything that caused you to view the world around you differently or examine a topic from a different perspective?
  • What struck you in particular as you explored the course materials this week?
  • Do you have questions that your classmates might be able to help you with? (If you have a question for the instructor, be sure to contact your instructor via email).
  • Part of having the growth mindset, which we talked about in the Post Your Introduction forum, is to learn from the feedback and critiques you get from your instructor and classmates. Review your feedback on the Women in Science and Demographic Mapping Discussion in Week 3. How will you incorporate your instructor’s comments on this week’s discussion? (If you have a specific question about your feedback, be sure to contact your instructor via email).

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