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ESSAY PLAN Discuss how an understanding of the histories of information and communication technologies policies can contribute to our understanding of the social shaping of technology. In the context of increase in ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’ and political campaigns on social media, is there a need for specific policy in liberal democracies to address the issue? The essay may be structured thus: Introduction Begin the essay with a brief theoretical reflection on the various perspectives and academic debates relevant to the issue. Then select a specific aspect - a particularly contentious debate or a set of contradictions or tensions and place it in the context of media policy. Mention the concepts that will guide the arguments. Analysis Choose an appropriate case study or, if you are making a general argument, appropriate examples. Place it/them in the framework of the theories mentioned in the ‘introduction’ explore the various aspects, particularly the ways in which media policy addresses or fails to address contradictions or tensions. While you are not expected to conduct original research in the form of interviews or data collection, you are required to draw on academic literature (check the library database and not google) and discuss the issue analytically. Conclusion Assess whether and/or how policy provides (or, can provide) a solution to the challenges or fails to do so and end with your suggestions. Body 1: Market ownership Body 2: Fake news Body 3: QUOTES (Mansell and Raboy, 2014)
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