Decision 2012: Civics & Citizenship

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Does watching the news make you more likely to become an engaged citizen? What if it's late-night "fake news" programs such as "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" or "The Colbert Report"? One study found evidence that watching even satirical news made kids more likely to feel that they could influence our nation's political system, making them more likely to practice civic participation such as volunteer work. Download the study here, then have a class debate about the role of political satire in shaping our nation's political culture and civic engagement. Are we better off with or without "The Daily Show"?