Interest Groups/Lobbyists/Media and Politics

I’m working on a political science question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.


Class 8: October 26, 2021 (Group 6)

Interest Groups/Lobbyists/Media and Politics

DUE: Questions (7)


  1. Watch: Thank you for Smoking (2005)
  2. Rating: R (sex and nudity (moderate), violence and gore (mild), profanity (moderate), use of alcohol,

drugs, and smoking (moderate), death and hospitalizations related to smoking, frightening and intense

scenes (mild))

  2. Read:
  3. Michael Givel, Punctuated Equilibrium in Limbo: The Tobacco Lobby and U.S. State Policymaking from

1990 to 2003, 34 Policy Studies Journal 405 (2006).

  1. Marie Hojnacki, and David C. Kimball, “Organized Interests and the Decision of Whom to Lobby in

Congress,” 92 The American Political Science Review 775 (1998).

  1. Gregory Koger and Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Polarized Agents: Campaign Contributions by Lobbyists, 42

Political Science and Politics: American Political Science Association 485 (2009).


Learning Goal: I’m working on a political science writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.





Learning Goal: I’m working on a political science multi-part question and need guidance to help me learn.







*Goal: I know you have watched the film, read the articles, and analyzed both




Try to complete watch the film and complete the reading before asking questions. Take notes and spend some time reflecting on both!

Include Specifics (e.g. note on specific scene or scenes, insight from article, etc.)

Questions that lead to discussion, rather than simply a yes or no answer (i.e. How? Why?)


  1. Remember, you will appreciate this when it is your turn to lead the discussion?


What do you want to know more about? What do you want to hear your classmate’s opinions on?

Compare to what you have learned in other courses or current events (news)

Focus on the scholarship

A part of the film that you found confusing and why



Personal insights (This reminds me of)(I thought that)

Provide analysis

Feel free to get creative! You could comment something such as, “If I were to recreate this film” or “If I had written this film…”

This film/article taught me…

How could this film be used to…?

This film does not accurately portray

The film’s use of x… (lighting, dialogue, etc.)

The author of X article might state that…

Based on the film, people may assume that… (can be positive or negative)

The people/events portrayed in the film…

Comparison to other films we have watched

Critique: you do NOT have to like the film or agree with its point of view! We will always talk about both the positives and negatives

Interpretation with context

I do not think this film portrayed X event well because…

The author of X article accurately analyzed the film…

The author of X article DID NOT accurately analyze the film…

This film does a good job of explain X topic/politician/branch of government.



Do not summarize the movie or articles

Do not ask biographical info. about the film (“Who directed this film”)

Broad question: “What is the theme”

Obvious answers (Is this film about Vietnam?)

Ask the same question each week (I will check/know!)

Ask questions before watching/reading

Assume the film is a perfect representation of what it sets out to portray!

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