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MEDIA PROJECT 2: PAPER AND POWERPOINT PRESENTATION Mass Media and Society FALL 2010 20% of your overall course grade: 10% is the paper; 10% is the Powerpoint Presentation. due date: November 29 CHOOSE EITHER TOPIC: TOPIC 1 iPad and Future Media Technology Apple’s iPad has generated much buzz and discussion. Is it a revolutionary media device or a merely portable TV screen? Will it save print media or is merely a new distribution site for movies and video games? Is it a commercial control device to insure you consume music and movies through Apple? Your task is to critically analyze – the pros and cons – the iPad and/or any competitors in terms of ideas from the textbook and this class? Go beyond the hype and beyond the shallow criticisms! • What are the real functions and uses of the iPad? • What are likely effects of the iPad for movies, television, books, social media, and other media uses? • Analyze iPad in terms of key ideas from Chapters 3 (Digital Media), 7 (Info Overload, etc.), 8 (Networks, etc.), 9 (Social Media), 11 (Entertainment), and any other key ideas. TOPIC 2 The Media Technology and Messages in Avatar James Cameron’s Avatar has generated more revenues than any movie in history. But, the film is loaded with media images, media technologies, and media messages. Is the film merely a special effects extravaganza made possible by the latest in digital movie technologies? What about the media technologies in the film: are they plausible in the future? What is the film trying to say and show? Your task is to critically analyze – the pros and cons – the film Avatar based on ideas from the text and class. • What is the film saying about media, society, technology, and nature? What are the social messages?
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