Devry LAS432 Midterm Exam 2015

| June 10, 2016

LAS 432 Midterm Exam

Write essays of about 250 words to each of the following questions. Each question is based on an assigned chapter from our textbook. Write the response in your own words. You may use short quotes of a sentence or less from the textbook to support your ideas, and you may also refer to the videos we watched in class, but don’t use any external sites. If your essay shows significant matching to external web sites, your grade on the Midterm Exam will be adversely affected.

Chapter 1

In your own words, analyze and discuss the strengths and limitations of Kant’s categorical imperative, Mill’s utilitarianism, and Rawls’ positive and negative rights. Next, take a controversial issue in technology, such as Edward Snowden’s decision to leak classified documents (discussed in CitizenFour) showing how the NSA spied on millions of Americans, and discuss that decision from the point of view of Kant, Mill, or Rawls.

Chapter 7

A large number of college students enroll in online degree programs. Discuss some advantages and disadvantages to the students and to society in general of students getting degrees online instead of at traditional colleges?

Chapter 8

Assume that the family of one of the victims of the Therac-25 (pp.377-380) has filed three lawsuits. They are suing the hospital that used the machine, the company that made the machine, and the programmer who wrote the software. The lawsuits have been consolidated into one single case, and you are the judge. It is up to you to decide the level of responsibility of each of the defendants and the amount, if any, each must pay the family. Write your final judgment.

Chapter 4

During the 2008 presidential campaign, a graphic designer found a photo of Barack Obama on the Internet, modified it to look more like a graphic design, and made the very popular “Hope” campaign poster without credit to the photographer or permission from the Associated Press, which owns the photo. AP argued that the designer infringed AP’s copyright and that the design, on sweatshirts, etc., produced hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. The designer claimed his use was a fair use. What do you think? Once again, be the judge and decide if the graphic designer is innocent or guilty of copyright infringement. Base your decision on the fair use guidelines (p. 187).

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