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Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as the Internet, have emphasized their potential to fragment audiences. This fragmentation is presumed to result because the technologies allow and even encourage people to narrow the focus of their media consumption to pursue their individualized news interests and needs. As Katz has argued, such a narrowed focus is problematic for the functioning of modern democracies. Fragmented audiences are unlikely to consume a common diet of news, potentially leaving them underinformed about central issues facing a nation. Individually tailored media use, Katz writes, "seems to be fast displacing national comings-together, and pleasure seems to be pushing public affairs ever more out of sight." Such an environment threatens the very foundation of political systems based on assumptions of citizen awareness and involvement.
It can be inferred from the passage that Katz would be LEAST likely to agree with which of the following statements?
A) When audience fragmentation occurs, individuals' news interests will still tend to include the most important issues facing the nation.
B) The process leading to media audience fragmentation has unhealthy implications for the functioning of a democracy.
C) The ability of people to select sources of news that more closely suit their own interests is facilitating audience fragmentation.
D) There are features of new and emerging media technologies that encourage audience fragmentation.
E) There will probably be news of major importance about which some media users will remain inadequately informed under conditions of audience fragmentation.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A


Which of the following most accurately presents the passage's treatment of Katz's position?
A) The position is rejected as relying too heavily on unsubstantiated assumptions.
B) The position is considered sympathetically but ultimately rejected as too sweeping.
C) The position is put forward as a compelling hypothesis that stands in need of testing.
D) The position is adopted in modified form after being adjusted to meet objections.
E) The position is accepted without reservation and cited as authoritative support.

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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2017, 01:22
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1) It is difficult to figure out the right answer. The best way is to use POE. Seeing what are the right answers and pick the wrong one, that in this case is the right one. A is the best.

2)Katz accepts that the argument is sound and follow the reasons why

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As Katz has argued, such a narrowed focus is problematic for the functioning of modern democracies.


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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2017, 18:03
Can someone please elaborate as to why E is the correct choice for the second question (Which of the following most accurately presents the passage's treatment of Katz's position?)
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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2017, 01:22
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Can someone please elaborate as to why E is the correct choice for the second question (Which of the following most accurately presents the passage's treatment of Katz's position?)


See the explanation above regarding the 2nd question why E is the answer.

Adding more: the answers from A to D are negative and not supportive of the argument. Instead, E says that the author presents an argument and his reasons are cogent.
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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2018, 23:16
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Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as the Internet, have emphasized their potential to fragment audiences. This fragmentation is presumed to result because the technologies allow and even encourage people to narrow the focus of their media consumption to pursue their individualized news interests and needs. As Katz has argued, such a narrowed focus is problematic for the functioning of modern democracies. Fragmented audiences are unlikely to consume a common diet of news, potentially leaving them underinformed about central issues facing a nation. Individually tailored media use, Katz writes, "seems to be fast displacing national comings-together, and pleasure seems to be pushing public affairs ever more out of sight." Such an environment threatens the very foundation of political systems based on assumptions of citizen awareness and involvement.
It can be inferred from the passage that Katz would be LEAST likely to agree with which of the following statements?
A) When audience fragmentation occurs, individuals' news interests will still tend to include the most important issues facing the nation.
B) The process leading to media audience fragmentation has unhealthy implications for the functioning of a democracy.
C) The ability of people to select sources of news that more closely suit their own interests is facilitating audience fragmentation.
D) There are features of new and emerging media technologies that encourage audience fragmentation.
E) There will probably be news of major importance about which some media users will remain inadequately informed under conditions of audience fragmentation.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A


Which of the following most accurately presents the passage's treatment of Katz's position?
A) The position is rejected as relying too heavily on unsubstantiated assumptions.
B) The position is considered sympathetically but ultimately rejected as too sweeping.
C) The position is put forward as a compelling hypothesis that stands in need of testing.
D) The position is adopted in modified form after being adjusted to meet objections.
E) The position is accepted without reservation and cited as authoritative support.

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E



Please clarify the 2nd question. Why not C? It's clearly mentioned that Katz argued. Why will Katz argue if the position was accepted without reservation? Additionally, no where in the paragraph is mentioned about the acceptance of the position as authoritative support. Rather, the position is put forward as a compelling hypothesis (argued and not yet confirmed) that stands in need of testing. Please let me know why this reasoning is incorrect.
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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2018, 02:30
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As Katz has argued, such a narrowed focus is problematic for the functioning of modern democracies.

The red part is a clear citation of an authoritative support.

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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2018, 02:39
I also think that E is not a convincing answer as Katz argues against the idea stated but, the acceptance of idea is not stated anywhere.
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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2018, 10:16
For Question 2 The Options most Likely to be the Best (Fit) Answer are C & E
We Reject Option C on the grounds of that KATZ also Firmly believes in the Negative after effects of the Fragmentation of TV audience users and doesn't shows any doubt or testing required to corroborate the same.
Also, the part in the para where Katz argues is not against the conclusion it's rather in favor of the statement cum conclusion.
so Option E
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Re: Recent appraisals of developing media technologies, such as [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2018, 07:39
For the second question:

Option C is partially correct in the sense that the argument is a compelling hypothesis. However as @Yiddo_Bhushan wrote, there is no reference to any doubt or "need for testing". Hence C is ruled out.

Option E is best FIT. In addition to "As Katz has argued", the last sentence "Such an environment threatens the very foundation of political systems based on assumptions of citizen awareness and involvement" is the position taken by the passage and indicates clear support for Katz theory.
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