Media Theory


Instructions: Please answer 2 paper prompts. Use no less than 700 and no more than a 1000 words (double spaced) to answer each question. Answer the question with an argument that incorporates evidence from the readings and course lectures. DO NOT use outside sources. Please cite your sources both in-text and in a bibliography at the end of the exam. The best answers will combine concepts from multiple readings.
Grading Criteria:
Creating a compelling argument is AS IMPORTANT as knowing the content of the class. This class is about media theory so I am testing to see that you can adapt the concepts and tools we have discussed to your understanding of your own media experience and the media experience of others. To that end, please ensure that your essays do the following:
• Foreground your argument with a clear statement that organizes the rest of your essay
• Connect each supporting argument to the main argument
• Be sure that your arguments are making claims about the way you are applying media theories and not just saying you believe. In other words, explain your logic and support it rather than simply offering unsubstantiated claims and opinions.
• Use evidence from the readings to support your arguments (NO outside sources)
• Organize your evidence so that you explain the connection to your arguments
• Do not let evidence or quotes speak for themselves, you must contextualize them and explain them. Go so far as to explain the words in a quote to make plain your interpretation.
• Cite your sources
• Conclude your essay with a summary of the logic of your argument
2 prompts to respond to:

1. What are the medium affordances of the Internet? How does the way the technology works foster a society of “do-it-yourself” global populism? What is the effect of this medium on narrative practices AND established institutions (governments, schools, and media)?
2. How are databases different from linear technologies? Reflecting on these differences describe how content aggregation and user recommendation algorithms filter the potentials of the internet. What are the social effects of software algorithms and how do they provide a sense of personal identity? Use two examples to support your explanation.

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