For this assignment, you will identify, explore and address a genuinely arguable question, drawing on an ongoing, current conversation regarding this question and articulating your own best answer to it. The researched argument seeks to persuade its readers toward a particular point of view or course of action; your own best answer should support a point of view or course of action accordingly.
A genuinely arguable question elicits divergent answers from informed and thoughtful people who have considered it carefully. The original 2007 Transformers movie has now been followed by three sequels is not arguable; its answer is an indisputable matter of public record. How has the Transformers movie series remained so successful at the box office? is an arguable question. Some observers might attribute this financial success to the way that the series appeals to the nostalgia of a particular demographic within the United States. Other observers might attribute this success to a narrative style that is particularly transparent and therefore approachable to international audiences.
In terms of identifying a genuinely arguable question that will work well for this assignment, it is worth bearing three things in mind. First, you want to be able to contribute in fresh and meaningful ways to the conversation around this question. Secondly, you want to assume an uncommitted but persuadable audience within an academic context, an audience interested in but not necessarily completely informed on your topic. Finally, you are operating within constraints of length and time. For all of these reasons, likely and popular hot button topics might not be appropriate for this assignment, unless you are focusing intently on very recent developments within them.