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COMM 101 - Understanding Mass Media - Stephens: Your Assignment

Your Assignment

Using standard MLA guidelines, compose a 5-page/approximately 2500 word research paper using at least 4 credible, published, and legitimate sources based on this topic. Research paper must include in-text citations. Points will be deducted from papers that do not include in-text citations.

Your research paper must include an introduction, and thesis statement. Thesis is essentially one clear sentence that states the focus of your topic.  Include a separate cover page and citations page. In all, you should have a minimum of 7 pages (title/cover page, 5 pages worth of research, citations page).

Your research must include evidence that supports your thesis statement. Conclude your paper with a summary paragraph summarizes your supporting evidence, and final thoughts.

Choose one aspect of the seven major mass media channels and examine how it has shaped or impacted culture in what you determine to be the most significant way. Include examples of your assessment. For example, are children influenced by shows that depict heavy crime If yes, give an example of that show, and include research or source that supports the theory that children are impacted by crime depicted on television (or film). 

Please don't fully rely on your personal opinions. Include sources that support your theory as to whether or not a particular medium is impacting culture.

The seven major mass media channels are: 

  • Print
  • Recordings
  • Cinema/Film
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Internet
  • Social Media
  • Gaming

Narrow your topics. If you select radio, include which aspect of radio.

Example topics are below:

  1. The popular culture in the media
  2. Video games. Can they be considered a media now?
  3. Social networks as the main way of communication in the modern world
  4. How did the Internet influence media development
  5. Radio: Why radio is still popular
  6. Media, politics and public relations
  7. Media, ethics and PR
  8. Media and censorship
  9. Kids and the influence of media
  10. The media and the future

Note: These are just examples of topics. You may select one of these topics, or select one of your own.


Newspaper Publishing vs Internet Publishing and Broadcasting Jobs 2006-2016

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Shafer,J., & Doherty, T. "The Media Bubble is Worse Than You Think." Politico, May/June 2017, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

Listen to H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds': Orson Welles' 1938 Broadcast

Alvim Corréa, Henrique.  "A Martian fighting machine battling the HMS Thunder Child", 1906 . Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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