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Click on the BEGIN HERE link to go to the first page of
'discussion' on affirmative action issues. The discussion is carried
on by six speakers: Ann, John, Fred, Malik, Liz, and Dee. Each
has a different view of the ethics of affirmative action. You
can work your way through the discussion by clicking various links.
There will be three kinds of pages for you to look at:
- Discussion pages where issues are raised and arguments
are made. These pages contain a simulated discussion of affirmative
action. Each speaker puts forward various arguments for you to
think about, analyze, and criticize while developing your views
on the issues. These pages show
the Ariadne maze with the phrase "Affirmative Action" on
it in the upper left corner.
The discussion pages are of two sorts. First, there are those that are on the main thread. These contain the main ideas under discussion.
You can always tell whether a page is on the main thread because
it says "Main Thread" in the title bar and there is a gold
bar across the page just below the table at the top of the page. There is also a link on the right side of these pages called "MAIN:" followed by the name of the next speaker on the main thread. You can use this link to go to the next page on the main thread.
Second, there are pages that are off the main thread. These are
somewhat less important to the main discussion. You can tell whether
a page is off the main thread because it says "Off Main Thread"
in the title bar and there is a plain black or grey bar across
the page just below the table at the top. There is also a link on the right side of these pages called "ReturnToMain." Use this link to go back to the main thread.
- Comment pages that offer additional considerations. These pages all say "Comments" at the top left.
- Source pages that contain extended quotations from
many different writers. These pages all say "Sources & Extracts" at the top left.
The important thing to remember is that the pages with the
gold bar are the main thread to follow. If you leave the main thread, be sure to return to the main thread and continue.
At the top center of each discussion page is a short title that
indicates the subject discussed on the page. Below the topic are
one or more links that can be used to look at other pages.
- Use the links around speakers names to continue along the
thread of arguments. There may be speaker links for
Ann, John, Fred, Liz, Malik,
- Use the link called MAIN: to continue on the main thread.
(There is always one speaker link that will continue
on the main thread, but it is easier to click the MAIN: link to do the same. In a few cases there is more than one link that will take you to different points on the main thread.)
- Use the Comment link to display one of the comment
- Use the Source link to display a source page containing
an excerpt from another author.
If you choose to look at one of the related or source pages, you
must use your browser's BACK button to return to the discussion page you were
on. If you don't return to the main discussion page, you cannot continue
along the main thread of arguments.