Integrity Matters
Citing and Documenting
Surviving the Semester

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Plagiarism Detection Exercise

The following questions present a passage from an article and a student's attempt to paraphrase or summarize the passage. Read both passages carefully and decide whether the student has plagiarized the scholar's writing. This exercise will help you determine whether you risk plagiarizing a source unintentionally.

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Second, the evidence presented in this study qualifies previous arguments that soft news adds to democratic discourse (Baum, 2002, 2003a, 2003b, 2005). We do not dispute Baum's contention that soft news contributes to incidental political learning among the inattentive public. With respect to their effects, however, all variants of soft news are not created equal. In particular, our findings illustrate that The Daily Show's effect on political efficacy is mixed. To begin with, exposure to the show lowered trust in the media and the electoral process. This may be the result of Stewart's tendency to highlight the absurdities of the political world. Relatedly, we found that exposure to The Daily Show increased internal efficacy by raising viewers' perception that the complex world of politics was understandable. Stewart's style of humor paints the complexities of politics as a function of the absurdity and incompetence of political elites, thus leading viewers to blame any lack of understanding not on themselves but on those who run the system. In presenting politics as the theater of the absurd, Stewart seemingly simplifies it.

Baumgartner, Jody and Jonathan S. Morris. "The Daily Show Effect: Candidate Evaluations, Efficacy, and American Youth." American Politics Research 34, no. 3 (2006): 341-367.


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