802 Paper One

802 Paper One - English 802Analytical Reading and Writing...

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English 802—Analytical Reading and Writing Professor Benzon Paper One Topic: Analyzing Social Media The purpose of this assignment is to interpret the cultural significance of some aspect of contemporary social media. Our early readings have analyzed various elements of social media to uncover what Henry Jenkins describes as the new patterns of creation and consumption that they sponsor. Thinking critically about these media raises controversial issues: for example, what privacy rights should we expect when we use social media? Where is the boundary between social media and marketing? Between producing and consuming? Do these media open new means of expression to those who have been shut out of mainstream media, or do they offer more power and control to corporate media? You do not need to solve these questions in this paper, or answer them in a simple, yes/no way—instead, your goal should be to think critically about the cultural significance of one particular form of social media within the context of the debates we have been following. Your paper should focus on analyzing one form of expression in social media . You should narrow your topic so that you can develop a detailed picture of the form of expression you have chosen. Be careful not to make your topic too broad: for example, virtual gift-giving on Facebook,
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENGLISH 802 taught by Professor Frankfucile during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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