Virtual Communities and Social Media

 

Sociology 167 – Virtual Communities and Social Media:
EXAM: Choose one question from each section (A and B) and write a total of 2 short essays (paragraph form) of no more than 1000 words for each essay (approximately 4 pages per answer for a total of 8 pages).

The final is a test of synthesis and evaluation. I will talk more about it later in the semester. To start studying now, you should focus on understanding the readings and doing 3rd level thinking on it (asking questions like, how does this apply in real life? what do I think about this argument? What is good evidence that either affirms or negates the argument being proposed in the readings or in class?)

Please remove irrelevant information and add new information as per the corrections. Please add specific information needed on the following prompt. Please use proper citation with the correct format.

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Format: Times New Roman, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins (all sides), double-spaced, Word .doc or .docx file only! When citing readings, please use the simple parenthetical citation, for example, (Baym 2010). If you cite lecture, please just cite (Lin, “Title of Lecture,” Date).
Number your answers accordingly! For example, if you answered question 2B, please label it “Question 2B” before your answer or as a heading/title.
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Exam Details: This is a take-home final, so you may use any resources you have available to complete the final. Although you may discuss the final with other students, you may NOT work with other students directly in writing the final together (i.e. this is not a group final). Finals with too similar answers will be looked at with suspicion–so please avoid this situation.
Please write an essay, which means a (very) short introduction and conclusion. As a suggestion (which means you do not have to), you may use a sort of 5-paragraph essay format for each question. Your short essay should have a thesis/argument that answers the question in the prompt directly. Then, your subsequent paragraphs should each be devoted to a key argument, example, or case that proves your overarching argument. You may consider counter-arguments in your conclusion or where most applicable/obvious.
EXAM: Choose one question from each section (A and B) and write a total of 2 short essays (paragraph form) of no more than 1000 words for each essay (approximately 4 pages per answer for a total of 8 pages).
SECTION A:
1. Technological determinism and social constructivism are two dominant ways people understand the relationship between technology and society. Make an argument for what you believe is the actual relationship between technology and society. Construct your argument utilizing at least three readings or cases from this class (in-class documentaries, videos, and cases from group presentations can be used as only one of your cases). I would suggest having at least one reading that acts as supportive theory for your position (from our class on theory) and at least two readings/cases that act as tangible, case studies/evidence that prove your argument.

2. Social media seems to have the potential for some incredible effects on society–both good and bad. What are some of the most important impacts that social media (and/or virtual communities) has had on society today? Make an argument about the most important (i.e. powerful, impactful, pervasive) of these social implications (good, bad, or neutral) using at least three examples from readings and/or cases from this class (in-class documentaries, videos, and cases from group presentations can be used as only one of your cases).

*NOTE: For this question, in my opinion, it is to your benefit to not overlap this answer with anything in your other answer. In other words, while it is possible to talk about any of the other essay questions in the context of this one, I would deliberately avoid it.

SECTION B:
1. Virtual communities and social media have undoubtedly changed the meaning and ways of gaining social capital in our society. While some have argued that there is an overall decrease in social capital as a result of technology, others have argued the exact opposite has occurred. What are the most significant ways that virtual communities and social media have changed social capital? Use at least three different examples from readings and/or cases from this class to prove your argument (in-class documentaries, videos, and cases from group presentations can be used as only one of your cases).
2. Some have argued that virtual spaces are “Third Places.” 1) What is a Third Place and why are they important? 2) Are virtual communities/places Third Places? In answering this second question, choose at least two online spaces we have discussed in class/readings/videos and argue how they are (or are not) third places (in-class documentaries, videos, and cases from group presentations can be used as only one of your cases).
Grading: Your answers will be graded on 1) how well you use readings, cases, and/or videos from class, 2) how deeply you interact with, discuss, and utilize each of the readings/cases to prove your argument and 3) how insightful the content of your overarching argument or answer to the question is.

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