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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, Vera, 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 are 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 will always indicate at the top right that one of the characters
The discussion pages are of two sorts. First, there are those that are on
the main path. These contain the main ideas under discussion. You can
always tell whether a page is on the main thread because it says "On
Main Path" 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 PATH:" followed by the name of the
next speaker on the main path. You can use this link to go to the next
page on the main path.
Second, there are pages that are off the main path. 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 path"
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 no gold bar across the
page.) There is also a link on the right side of these pages called
"Return To Main Path." Use this link to go back to the main path.
- 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
The important thing to remember is that the pages with the gold bar
are the main path to follow. If you leave the main path, be sure to
return to it in order to 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,
Vera, Malik, or Dee.
- Use the link called MAIN PATH: 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 PATH: 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 pages.
- 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 key 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 path of the argument.