a question of effect

I’m teaching two classes at two different universities – public speaking at one and intro to mass comm at the other. PS meets 2x/week, masscom once/week plus an online discussion board (which is quite full, awaiting reading today, yeah!). On the surface there is no parallel: different topic, different structure. But both classes are concerned with effect – with the production of a desired response (and, arguably, with the fallout of unintended or unforeseen effects as well).
There are many different kinds of effects:

the placebo effect
the greenhouse effect
the Doppler effect
apocalyptic predictions (war and hurricanes).
the BitTorrent effect (download big data, fast).
the McGurk effect = simulation demonstrating how difficult lipreading really is.
And info about legislations effect on your online rights.

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