I have tweaked my Examples of Critical Reading, listing “the source is advancing an unstated agenda” in place of “the source is advancing an agenda.” I encourage students to look for messages not explicitly stated, but I fear that “hidden agenda” is too loaded a term.
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Minor Edits on Critical Reading
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I have made some minor edits to Examples of Critical Reading. The old version separated “surprising choices about what facts to present, and how to present them” from “surprising choices about what to emphasize.” These are more or less the same thing, so I have combined them, listing the Cronon, Dower, and Brinkley examples together.