this paper, select a practicing
activist group and one particular issue that the group/organization wishes to
change to explain and analyze. Using the first seven chapters of the text,
lectures, and classroom discussions as guides, you are to interpret and analyze
the activist group’s working frame and offer a counter-claim. After analyzing
their argument and practices, briefly describe your own position(s) on the
issue. Your paper should be 10 pages in length. The questions below should
provide a framework for your paper. The paper should be typed (double spaced)
in Times New Roman and have 1 inch margins. All pages should be numbered. Make
sure to include a reference page. Failure to format your paper as required will
result in a deduction of points. If you have any questions, make sure to e-mail
separate headings for 1) Claimsmakers 2) Claim, Media & Audience,
the claimsmakers (About 2 pages)
What is the organizational
history? How are they funded? How many members? Experts? Activists? Both?
Neither? How/why did they start? Are there other groups that they compete with?
Who? What has this competition looked like?
Claim, Media, & Audience
their Claim (About 5 pages)
for the problem?
is the issue?
or Position Issue?
is their position?
are the grounds?
are the warrants?
they redefined/broadened a pre-existing problem? How?
is their targeted audience? Why?
they preaching to the choir?
they plan to reach out to larger audiences in the future? (different age
groups? Different countries?) How? Why? When?
they give any typifying examples? Explain them. Are they effective? Why/Why
they give shocking statistics? Why? Why not? Explain them. Where do they come
from? Are there any problems with the
What are their conclusions?
What would they like their constituents to do?
is the primary type of media that they use?
the media’s secondary construction changed any of the group’s initial ideas?
is the predominant public opinion on the issue?
the frame’s effectiveness (About 3
are the frame’s strengths? Explain them.
are the frame’s weaknesses? Explain them.
they enacted any change? How so? Explain. If not, why do you think they
might they strengthen their claim (without changing their stance on the issue)?
might they reach a broader audience? Should they attempt to do so? Why/Why not?
*Provide a counter-claim
describing why some person should not side with the claimsmakers.
Overall, is their claim
effective? Why/Why not?