1. In this week’s reading you learned of efforts by New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to ban the sale or service of soda larger than 16 oz. His objective was to address obesity. What role should the government play in dictating to consumers what food they may eat or how much food they should eat? Does government have an obligation to protect people from themselves and curtail behaviors that affect their health? What other examples have you seen where the government has passed a law affecting what consumers may buy or consume?
  2. What is meant by product literacy? What are some of the factors that influence consumer behavior and consumer product choices? What does author Pappalardo mean when she states that “[t]here is often a difference between consumer information and consumer comprehension”?

You may combine your answers to both questions into one Word document. Your answer should be in the form of a short essay. Two or three sentences will not be sufficient. If you cite to any resources, including the text or articles from this week, you must use correct APA formatting. All submissions should include a cover page, body of text, and a references page. An abstract or table of contents is not required.

    1. The internet has made the world smaller and enlarged our access to information.  However, for every positive benefit of the internet, there is a negative aspect.  We have a loss of privacy, our financial profile can be compromised, and we cannot trust all information we access on the internet.  What does Justin Hurwitz mean when he states that the internet was “built on a foundation of trust”?  What is the current state of this foundation of trust?  You should cite to examples and resources to support your opinion.


  1. Every day we read stories of people who engage in deception on the internet, whether it is creating a dating profile which bears no likeness to what they really look like, or students who find information and pass it off as their own work.  Should there be ethical standards for behavior on the internet?  What would you propose and how could those standards be enforced?  Should people be able to say or do whatever they choose in an online environment?  Are there circumstances in which information on the internet should be censored?  How do the United States and China differ in how each country allows its citizens’ access to information on the internet?

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