Technology and media

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Choose ONE question to answer and write a 3,500-word essay on it.
• The present-day media system, both on and off lin” rel=”nofollow”>ine, is in” rel=”nofollow”>increasin” rel=”nofollow”>ingly domin” rel=”nofollow”>inated by a dimin” rel=”nofollow”>inishin” rel=”nofollow”>ing number of mega communications corporations. Drawin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on examples from at least TWO of these corporations explain” rel=”nofollow”>in how the strategies they pursue helps organize contemporary cultural and social life?

• Briefly describe the three approaches to media, communication and development put forward by Manyozo (2012). Explore one of them in” rel=”nofollow”>in more detail, drawin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on additional literature and examples. What are some of the key ideas, concepts or theories behin” rel=”nofollow”>ind your chosen approach and how do you thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink your examples illustrate them?

• The advent of the in” rel=”nofollow”>internet has proliferated opportunities for sexual in” rel=”nofollow”>intimacy, politics and means of formin” rel=”nofollow”>ing communities- What role can social and digital media play within” rel=”nofollow”>in sexuality politics and activism? Use examples and case studies alongside critical readin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to make your argument.

• ‘Our cell phones give us in” rel=”nofollow”>instant communication, break down frontiers, break down political control and censorship, and enable markets to work effectively. They are an unmitigated marvel.’ Provide a critique of this position, based on the environmental and occupational-health impact of these devices on those who make and recycle them.

• Propose and argue for one change to copyright laws in” rel=”nofollow”>in one country of your choice

• Describe how media culture can be distin” rel=”nofollow”>inct and different in” rel=”nofollow”>in the Global South, by focusin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on one of the areas of discussion a) in” rel=”nofollow”>infrastructure, b) political tensions, c) class disparities.

• Describe the relationship between social movements and media, by focusin” rel=”nofollow”>ing on one of the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing contemporary revolts: Hong Kong (umbrella) uprisin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, Arab Sprin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, Gezi, Occupy.

• For the last decade, the media in” rel=”nofollow”>industry has in” rel=”nofollow”>increasin” rel=”nofollow”>ingly relied on in” rel=”nofollow”>interns as a key part of their workforce. Please choose a corporation or an in” rel=”nofollow”>industry in” rel=”nofollow”>in the field of media, and in” rel=”nofollow”>investigate how in” rel=”nofollow”>interns are deployed and the nature of their work, and
critically analyze the corporation/in” rel=”nofollow”>industry’s labor practices within” rel=”nofollow”>in the current debates surroundin” rel=”nofollow”>ing in” rel=”nofollow”>internships.

• Discuss the challenges that new communication technologies and new ways of consumin” rel=”nofollow”>ing entertain” rel=”nofollow”>inment media pose for ratin” rel=”nofollow”>ings analysis companies; what they do to overcome these challenges; and the ethical concerns of gatherin” rel=”nofollow”>ing census data of media consumption. Support your essay by drawin” rel=”nofollow”>ing from our assigned chapters, additional research articles as well as case studies from current in” rel=”nofollow”>industry practices.

• Analyze the representation of one or more group(s) of people in” rel=”nofollow”>in media usin” rel=”nofollow”>ing elements of textual analysis developed in” rel=”nofollow”>in class. Choose a specific example of a media product.

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