Unless otherwise stated, no citation is required. you may choose 3 out of the 4 weeks and pick 1 question to answer of those 3 weeks. Total of 3 questions. It’s a short-answer question so about 150-180 words per question will do. 1. In my lecture I highlighted a number of areas that contribute to a country’s “Soft Power”. I didn’t rank these areas in terms of importance. If you were to pick one as being the most important contributor to Soft Power, what would it be? What is your reason for choosing the particular area, and provide an example from the readings or lecture to support your choice. 2. Both the Nye and Thussu readings suggest that we are now living in a multi-polar world and that Soft Power contributes to this “rise of the rest”. Do you agree with this thesis. Cite a specific example to support your argument. 1. Have you heard of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative before? While this is an initiative of gigantic proportion, this is rarely covered in the Western media. Why do you think this is the case? (When answering the questions, please be sure to consult the assigned readings first) Tiessen, Rebecca. 2020. “WE’s International Development Identity Problem.” The McLeod Group. https://www.mcleodgroup.ca/2020/07/wes-international-development-identity-problem/ 1. What are some of the “development imaginaries” constructed by the WE Charity? And what role does the media play in normalizing these narratives of “development”? 2. What is “White Saviourism” and why does Jefferess (2021) argue that this complex is embedded in the notion of “Global Citizen” Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a technologist, transmedia artist and activist. Thenmozhi is the Excutive Director of Equality Labs, a South Asian power-building organization that uses community research, political base-building, culture-shifting art, and digital security to end the oppression of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance in both the diaspora and the South Asian subcontinent. Jasmeen Patheja. Jasmeen an artist and the founder of BlankNoise – a multi city / multi country collective that has been instrumental in building public discourse and shifting conciseness on sexual violence in public spaces. Instead of assigned readings, please visit either or both the of the podcast: 1. I’ve showcased the work of Themozhi Soundararajan and Jasmeen Patheja in order to highlight alternative imaginaries about “development”. What aspect(s) of either of their work resonate with you and prompted you to think differently about development? Please explain. 2. Are there example(s) of social activism similar to the work of the Equality Lab and Blank Noise that you can share? How does the example illustrate the creative use of media and collective action in reclaiming public spaces and social justice?