My Hypothesis – CapChed

  1. Police brutality
  2. Social media, black lives matter, and police brutality
  3. Black lives matter and social media had affected people’s viewpoint on police brutality
  4. The attention of police brutality has been heightened by social media during black lives matter.
  5. Removing social media would have allowed police brutality to continue and to roam freer while going unnoticed.
  6. If people just do what they’re told and abide by the police request, then police brutality wouldn’t be a thing.
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1 Response to My Hypothesis – CapChed

  1. davidbdale says:
    1. Police brutality

    Yep. That’s a topic. Appropriate for step 1 of this assignment, it’s WAAAAAYYYY too broad for 3000 words. 3000 pages maybe.

    1. Social media, black lives matter, and police brutality

    Every step in the 1-6 sequence is supposed to NARROW the topic, not BROADEN it. By naming 3 broad topics, you have effectively made your topic 3 TIMES AS BROAD. Now, if what you mean is that somehow social media, Black Lives Matter, and police brutality overlap to create a NARROW set of events or situations, then maybe you’re LIMITING the scope of the TOO BROAD topic of Police Brutality. But you didn’t say that.

    The New 2. Black lives matter and social media had affected people’s viewpoint on police brutality

    That’s more like it. This is Step 2. But it’s WAY TOO VAGUE. Any time you settle for “had an effect,” you’re failing to make a specific claim. What sort of effect? Did social media draw an undue amount of negative attention to a few cases of police brutality? Did it exaggerate the frequency? Did it needlessly frighten people?

    The New 3. The attention of police brutality has been heightened by social media during black lives matter.

    That’s more like it. This is Step 3.

    The New 4. Removing social media would have allowed police brutality to continue and to roam freer while going unnoticed.

    Now, you’re getting somewhere. Call this Step 4. In your developing Hypothesis, social media serve a useful purpose by shining a spotlight on police brutality, causing the cops to feel exposed and making them less likely to brutalize (what? who? anyone? black suspects only? witnesses? everybody?) at least when they feel they might be observed (is that more than you intended? is it possible brutality would just be driven underground where nobody was likely to notice and thereby have no consequences for the brutal officers?).

    The New 5. If people just do what they’re told and abide by the police request, then police brutality wouldn’t be a thing.

    I have no idea how you get from 4 to 5. The New Step 5 seems to be headed toward a Hypothesis that social media serves a useful social function in deterring police brutality. But you drop social media from your final step completely. Now your Hypothesis appears to be that observed or not, police will be brutal only if the meet resistance.

    YOUR APPARENT STEP 6. In their encounters with police, citizens of all ages, races, and genders can avoid being brutalized, and police will not engage in brutality, whether in public or in private settings, whether observed or not, as long as every request or command issued by the officer, whether reasonable or not, is met with compliance.

    Is that where you are? Or did you mean to map out something else?

    We are telescoping days or weeks of thinking and development into hours and days, Capched. Gotta think fast.

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