Writing Question

1. Write a draft report that applies what you have learned reading and discussing Calling Bullshit:
Find an article, post, graph, advertisement, or other example of media that exhibits one or more of the problems discussed in the book Calling Bullshit, such as:claiming or implying that there is a a causal relationship between variables when only a correlation has been established
citing a number without the proper context (such as the denominator):large-sounding number reported even though the percentage is modest
a scary percentage reported even though the absolute numbers are small

selection bias or survivorship bias driving mistaken perceptions or conclusions
visually misleading graphs, charts, or figures
mistaken faith in the power of Big Data or AI to overcome human biases
the prosecutor’s fallacy
publication bias
unfair comparisons
and so on…

In a report of 550-700 words identify and address the problem(s) in the article, post, graphic, or so on:Reference the title and publication of the article, post, or source in your report and include a functioning link to it.
Explain the problem(s) you found and why it (or they) might influence how a reader perceives or responds to the issues raised in the article or post.
Briefly discuss why the applicable problem raised by Calling Bullshit matters in general. (That is, why does the issue you spotted matter more broadly when it occurs in other contexts?)
Address how the author or creator could have avoided, fixed, or resolved these problems. What context or additional data could have been provided to the readers? How do you expect that those additional data might have changed the results or arguments of the article or post?
If your report highlights a problem with a misleading graph or chart, create a new graph or chart with the same data in which the problem is fixed and include your new version in your report. (Approximate the data as best you can given the original graph or chart.)

There are no requirements in terms of the formatting of the document: margins, fonts, spacing, and so forth are up to you.
Calling Bullshit draft report Grading Rubric
CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength
2 ptsassigned length
for having the appropriate length (500-700 words, but no need to do an exact count—just estimate)
1 ptsbit too short or long
for going a little over or under the specified range (around 400 or around 800: again, just estimate)
0 ptsmuch too short or long
if it is much too short or much too long
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReference and Link
2 ptsreference and link
provides the reference (title and publication) and a link to the op-ed, article, post, ad, or other item in question
1 ptsreference or link (but not both)
provides a reference without a link or for providing a link without giving the reference
0 ptsneither reference nor link
provides neither a reference nor a link
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExample
3 ptsgood
the report correctly points out a feature of the article (or post, et cetera) that exemplifies one of the potential problems addressed in Calling Bullshit
2 ptsfair
the report points out a feature of the article (or post, et cetera) that probably exemplifies one of the potential problems addressed in Calling Bullshit but does so in a confusing or unclear way
1 ptspoor
the report tries to point out a feature of the article (or post, et cetera) that exemplifies one of the potential problems addressed in Calling Bullshit but does so incorrectly or in a way that is very unclear or not understandable
0 ptsmissing
the report doesn’t cite or explain an example problem
3 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiscussion
2 ptsgood summary
the report gives a good summary of why the problem from Calling Bullshit matters more generally—beyond the example you have identified
1 ptsfair summary
the report gives a fair discussion of why the problem from Calling Bullshit matters more generally—beyond the example you have identified
0 ptsmissing
the report doesn’t have a more general discussion of the problem
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFix
3 ptsgood
the report offers an accurate suggestion for fixing (or avoiding) the problem pointed out above that might remedy the issue in the article; for reports on graphs—a new version of the graph but one that is ambiguous or unclear
2 ptsfair
the report offers a suggestion for fixing (or avoiding) the problem pointed out above that might potentially remedy the issue in the article but is confusing, unclear, or unconvincing; for reports on graphs—no corrected version provided even if suggestion is great
1 ptspoor
the report tries to offer a suggestion for fixing (or avoiding) the problem pointed out above that would not remedy the issue in the article; for reports on graphs—no corrected version provided even and suggestion is less convincing
0 ptsmissing
the report doesn’t suggest a fix for the example presented
3 pts
Total Points: 12
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