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Friday, September 20, 2013

Topic Ideas

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TOPICS LIST: Partial

Scan down and read older posts on this blog, going back as far as four years...many concepts there may spark an topic of interests in your mind...

See also "Generating topics" (click here).

Also see Year in Review lists...
(You may choose any topic you wish where you can do the needed research and meet all presentation requirements. I strongly suggest you select topics you already have knowledge of and where you can bring a personal passion to the presentation. The following list is partial, random and here just to help spark your creative juices .Yes, I know there are duplications on the list.)
Current affairs, your major, your hobies, your interests, your passions, things you care about, news, events in your life and your beliefs are great places to start in selecting a topic area.

Once you have done you need to narrow it down into a specific thesis statment. That is a simple statement that limits the range of your speech, and is as specific as possible. It needs to state in a few words exactly what you area speaking on. Remember that the more refined, limited, specific and focuses the thesis statement the easier it will be to keep the speech interesting, on topic and within time lengths required.

Go back and go though my two blogs and see if any of the topics discussed will work as a speech for you. Look at topics where there have been student responses and those where students have shown little or no interests. Use the links in the postings for even more ideas.

Go through the reference lists and suggested readings in all of your textbooks or other books you find interesting.

I strongly suggest reviewing the material found on NPR, the archives of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace,and Talk of the Nation. Check the home pages for BBC News, BBC Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Newshour on PBS. A Google search of each of these will give you a wide range of topics that are current, covering a wide range of fields and interests.


Also check out the following link (great for its list and help in various areas of communication):
http://www.hawaii.edu/mauispeech/html/infotopichelp.html

Click "read more" below for a partial list of topic ideas.
Are grades necessary


Is there a future for Liberal Arts


Does testing work in education


Cuts in Education by state legislatures


Cost of Higher Education


Corporate non-disclosed role in campaign advertising


Foreclosure on vets serving overseas


New professions for the 21st Century


Will Las Vegas ever recover from the Great Recession?


Foreclosures


Home Ownership


Unemployment


Campaign Finance Reform


Obama-care


No child left behind


Don't Ask Don't Tell


Should the military be reduced in size


Should we fight other countries wars


Is the US on the decline


What happened to Morality


Faith and Religions role in society


Should the "F" word be banned?


Can language harm others?


Video gaming, good, bad, or just fun?


Technology


Genocide


Prostitution


Child Pornography


Corruption in Politics


Clark Country Government


Should the US fund the arts


Should the US fund public radio and TV


Is broadcast TV dead


Podding


Cacooning
Nevada Budget Crunch
California Budget Crisis



Influence of the Internet


Social Networking


Twitter


Is e-mail valid anymore


Texting


Texting while driving


Cell phone use


Cell phone etiquate


SUV's


Made in America


Mexico


Oh Canada!
News Media

Talking Head Commentary
Journalism



Politics


Future of Nevada


Why stay in Nevada


Why leave Nevada


Why attend college

Selecting a college


Terrorism

Jobs in Las Vegas

Do people read books anymore


Will book tablets like Kindle take off


iPhone, Blackberry, Droid or other smart phones


Cloud computing


Selecting a graduate school


College or not college


Professions of the 21st century


Why are student scores declining


Do we need grades


Does college testing work


K-12 education issues


Medical issues


Energy issues


Going green


Internationalism


The UN


The future of Africa


European Commonwealth


Muslim Fundamentalism


Christian Fundimentalism


Law enforcement


Racial profiling


Sec descrimination


The Glass Cealing
CEO pay
Sports franchises
Corporate sponsorship of sports
Local identification with sports
Growth of Soccer in America
Title 9 in Sports


The recession


Mortgages


Home Offices


Work at home


Raising a family


Being a family


Religion

Missions


Places you have been


Language differences


Cultural differences


Music


Film


Television

PC or Mac


Google or Bing


Homeland Security


Health Care reform


Cost of legal drugs


Dancing
Public Relations and Public Affairs
Decline in Education
Jobs and Careers for the Future
Decline in Higher Education
Shifting Roles of Education
Investing
Small Business
Interpreting Dreams



Sex Ed in Schools


Darwinism


Creationism


Tea Parties
Astrology
Arts in Education
Sports in Education
Olympics
Racism
Sexism
Ageism
Weight or Body-ism
How much is life worth?
Earthquake risk in Nevada
Making music
What is music?
Religion and Politics
History repeats itself
How to’s for Computer use
Hotel Casino Operations
Can Las Vegas Continue to Grow
Water Shortage
Air Quality
Traffic
Pet Peeves
Cell Phone use and abuse
Immigration
English declining in America
Separation of Church and State
Flag Burning
War Protests
Nuclear Protests
Emergency Room Crisis
Gated Communities
Home Owners Associations
Digital Photography
Future of Entertainment
Geology
Archeology
Political Science
Internet addressing – how it works
SUV’s
Trucks
Use of private contractors in War
Internet Radio
Satellite Radio
File Sharing
Drone Planes
Robots
Science Education
No Child Left Behind
Juggling Part Time Jobs
Career tool and Advancement
Domestic Disturbances
Nuclear Testing and New Weapons
HD-DVD vs. Blue-Ray vs. Hard Drives
I-Podding
MS vs. Mac vs. others
Domestic Abuse
Being a Police Officer
Being a Fireman
Being in the Military
Role of National Guard
Forest and Brush fires
Iraq: should we remain?
Did the US violate International Law in invading Iraq?
Federal Budget Requests
Medicare
Student Loans
Grants and other financing for Education
Hurricanes
Global Warming
Fox TV
CNN
Michael Moore
President Bush
President Clinton
Natural Disasters
Gay Marriage
Abortion
Birth Control
Role of Women in Society
Ethnic Diversity
Ethnic Pride
English as National Language
Iraq and Afghanistan
War on Terror
9-11
No Child left behind
Grade Inflation
Careers
Killer Flu
Non nuclear families
Yucca Mountain
North Korea
China
Wal-Mart
Microsoft
Digital Divide
Violence on Film and Television
Religion in Society
Fox News / CNN
Yellow Journalism
Labor Unions
Immigration
Brush and Forest fires
Homeland Security
Tax and Tax rebates
SUVs
Cell Phone use
New Technologies
Medical Crisis
NASA
Supreme Court Changes
UN Ambassador Controversy
Global Warming
Import-Export Crisis
NAFTA and related issues
Racial Profiling
Stem Cell Research
Fitness and Health
Israel
Spiraling cost of Sports
Professional Franchise for LV
Emergency Room Shortage
Gaming
Airline Crisis
Military Base Closures
Tuition inflation
Student Recreation Centers
Drugs in sports
Social Activism
Ways of Learning
Monorail and mass transit
Californication
Urban Planning and Growth
Voting
Bad driving habits
Pot and other drugs
Meth
Disney, good and bad
The selling of America
Energy
Media Consolidation
Podcasting
Pensions and Investing
Money budgeting and management
Pollution of rivers and waterways
Endangered species
Animal Testing
Pidgin and Ebonics in classrooms
Africa (many topics here)
Asian-Pacific (many topics here)
Technology for the poor
Reality TV
Rise in sarcasms and abuse
Video Piracy
File sharing
Housing inflation
High rise boom
Federalist vs. Federalism
Broadway Las Vegas
Entertainment technology
First Fridays
Rupert Murdoch



Video Game Violence


Dumbing down of America


New forms of literacy and intellegence


How the mind works


What makes a good teacher


How to change careers


Sexual violence


Differences between the sexes


Gay Marriage


Civil Unions
Bill Gates
Steve Wynn
Donald Trump



Steve Jobs
Confidential Sources
Saving Movie Theaters
Cable vs. Satellite
Broadband over air
Broadband over electric
Telephone over cable
Atkins Diet dieing
Lotteries
Horse Racing
Teacher shortage
Water shortage
Foundation
National Parks
Hunting
Gun Control
Spies
Iran
Unilateral Intervention
Driving habits
Rural Nevada
Nevada History

Differences between different parts of the country


Regional identity


Rural vs Urban


Gangs

Mining
Gaming
Casino Technology
Showroom Technology
Broadway comes to Las Vegas
Are UNLV Sports declining?
Shifts in power in the UCCSN System
UN
European Community


Cartels
NATO



Broadway Shows


Surfing


Air travel


Train travel


Native American Casino's


Celebrity culture


Celebrities in poltiics


Vintage films


Vintage automobiles


Racing
France
IRA renounces violence
Silicon Implants
Obscenity
Airport Screening 
H1N1
Blogging 
New plague on the way 
Camping out 
Outdoor Art 
Graffiti 
Drug Cartels
Tagging 
Gangs 
No Child Left Behind
Testing in Schools 
SAT/ACT/GMAT/GRE 
Cuss-Free-Zones 
Erosion of Free Speech 
Alternative Lifestyles 
Fashion 
Nightclub Scene 
Role of family 
Greatest Generation 
Segregation 
US vs. World view 
Bush 
Jimmy Carter 
Changes in Higher Education 
Charities 
Womens shelters 
Domestic Violence 
Rape 
Age Discrimination 
Babe Ruth 
Ty Cobb 
Sports Records in dispute 
Sports changed for TV 
Instant Replay
Science fiction
Science fact
Payola 
1984 
Big Brother 
Privacy 
Bill of Rights 
Astroturf 
Fox News
CNN
MSNBC
CSPAN 
PR vs. Journalism 
Can you believe what you hear? 
Barstow Casino 
Alternative energy 
Right to Work 
Glass Ceiling 
Professional Sports in LV 
States rights 
Sagebrush Revolution
Technology on vacations 
Hispanic Vote 
Discrimination 
Social Classes 
Agriculture
Millinials
Gen X
Gen Y
Baby Boomers
Greatest Generation
Generational Differences 
Parking at UNLV 
Downtown Development 
UNLV corridor Development 
Gay Marriage / Civil Unions
Alternative Culture 
Gay Districts 
Neighborhoods- what are they? 
Children and sports 
Children and the arts 
History 
Politics 
Sports 
Religion 
Culture 
Language 
Money 
Family 
Friendship 
Communication 
Music/Film/TV/Arts 
Internationalism 
Cocooning 
Films 
Entertainment industry 
Aviation 
Medical Careers 
Careers 
Employment Trends 
Housing Trends 
Qualitative Research 
Quantitative Research 
Recession 
Internet Video
Obama
Afghanistan
Iraq
Going Green
Gay Marriage
Abortion
Birth Control
Role of Women in Society
Ethnic Diversity
Ethnic Pride
English as National Language
Iraq and Afghanistan
War on Terror
9-11
No Child left behind
Grade Inflation
Careers
Killer Flu
Non nuclear families
Yucca Mountain
North Korea
China
Iran
Somalia
Wal-Mart
Microsoft
Google
Apple
Cloud Computing
Digital Divide
Violence on Film and Television
Religion in Society
Fox News / CNN
Yellow Journalism
Labor Unions
Immigration
Brush and Forest fires
Homeland Security
Tax and Tax rebates
SUV’s
Cell Phone use
New Technologies
Medical Crisis
NASA
Supreme Court Changes
UN Ambassador Controversy
Global Warming
Import-Export Crisis
NAFTA and related issues
Racial Profiling
Stem Cell Research
Fitness and Health
Israel
Spiraling cost of Sports
Free Agency
Naming Sports Stadiums
Professional Franchise for LV
Emergency Room Shortage
Gaming
Airline Crisis
Military Base Closures
Tuition inflation
Student Recreation Centers
Drugs in sports
Social Activism
Ways of Learning
Monorail and mass transit
Californication
Urban Planning and Growth
Voting
Bad driving habits
Pot and other drugs
Meth
Disney – good and bad
The selling of America
Energy
Media Consolidation
Podcasting
Pensions and Investing
Money budgeting and management
Pollution of rivers and waterways
Endangered species
Animal Testing
Pidgin and Ebonics in classrooms
Africa (many topics here)
Asian-Pacific (many topics here)
Technology for the poor
Reality TV
Rise in sarcasms and abuse
Video Piracy
File sharing
Housing inflation
High rise boom
Federalist vs. Federalism
Broadway Las Vegas
Entertainment technology
First Fridays
Rupert Murdoch
Bill Gates
Steve Wynn
Donald Trump
Confidential Sources
Saving Movie Theaters
Cable vs. Satellite
Broadband over air
Broadband over electric
Telephone over cable
Atkins Diet dieting
Lotteries
Horse Racing
Teacher shortage
Water shortage
Foundation
National Parks
Hunting
Gun Control
Spies
Iran
Unilateral Intervention
UN
European Community
NATO
France
IRA renounces violence
Silicon Implants
Obscenity
Airport Screening
Blogging
New plague on the way
Camping out
Outdoor Art
Graffiti
Tagging
Gangs
Testing in Schools
SAT/ACT/GMAT/GRE
Does testing work
No Child Left Behind
Cuss-Free-Zones
Fashion
Nightclub Scene
Role of family
Greatest Generation
Millennium Generation
Segregation
US vs. World view
Bush
Jimmy Carter
Changes in Higher Education
Charities
Women’s shelters
Domestic Violence
Rape
Age Discrimination
Babe Ruth
Ty Cobb
Sports Records in dispute
Sports changed for TV
Instant Replay
Payola
1984
Big Brother
Privacy
Bill of Rights
Astroturf
PR vs. Journalism
Can you believe what you hear?
Barstow Casino
Alternative energy
Right to Work
Glass Ceiling
Professional Sports in LV
State’s rights
Technology on vacations
Hispanic Vote
Californication of LA
Generational Differences
Parking at UNLV
Downtown Development
UNLV corridor Development
Alternative Culture
Gay Districts
Neighborhoods- what are they?
Children and sports
Children and the arts
Changes in Higher Education
Education Issues
Nursing Industry Demand
History
Politics
Sports
Religion
Culture
Language
Money
Family
Friendship
Communication
Music/Film/TV/Arts
Internationalism
Cocooning
Real Estate
Investment
Social Networking Sites
Twitter
Facebook
Heros
GI Bill
Aroma Theropy
Poll Dancing
Massage
Liberalism
Conservative Values
Is there a middle of the road?
Communism vs Socialism

First posted 10-1-2009

7 comments:

Shandy said...

Partial? I think that is a great list and helpful. Thank You for sharing.

Shandy Slight
COM 101-550

Edgar Lopez said...

Wow! Thanks for the Info. I should of read this Blog a while back ago when i first did my speech.

Anonymous said...

I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN IT COMES TO A FEW OF THEM BUT THE LIST IS DYNAMIC, IT IS VERY USEFUL.

-HAVASHA REED
COM 101

Junyi Zhu said...

This is cool and helpful link. Saved it already.

Anonymous said...

This is very helpful, i dont if wether i should change the topic that i had in mind ..... THANK YOU !! = )
Viviana Velasquez

Jessica Johnson said...

Topics should be easy to come up with. Its just that we try to find the perfect topic and kill ourselves in the process.
Jessica Johnson COM 101-4041

Leslie Gomez-4041 said...

Holy crap. Reading these I realized how many controversial issues there is to talk about.