You must argue for or against a topic. You cannot write “about” the topic. You have to have a clear “for or against” thesis. Any topic other than the seven listed here must be approved by the instructor and be equally timely and relevant to a discussion of mass communication.
- Convergence results in fewer rather than more sources of information, just more distribution channels.
- By being inundated with “sound bite” news, Americans are less well informed now than in previous decades.
- Media bias comes from the audience, which selects the sources to agree with its own views.
- If the Internet kills newspapers, it will kill its own information source.
- Citizen journalists — bloggers — will obviate traditional media reporters.
- Advertising should be deemed appropriate for family or adult viewing, and relegated to appropriate time periods.
- Television has a responsibility to portray minorities in proportion to their numbers in American society.
- Any other you choose and get approved in advance.
REQUIREMENTS [ML Format and Style]
- 1,200—1,500 words, plus cover and reference pages.
- Double-spaced using 12-point Arial or Times New Roman.
- You must use at least FIVE sources of which THREE must be sources other than web sites, and obtained from a library [physical or virtual]. They may not include our textbook or any consumer newspaper or magazine. Find a communications or media or psychology or medical journal. Web sources must be research groups or associations or well-respected media. Wikipedia, ask.com, about.com and similar web sites are not acceptable.
- These sources cannot be more than five years old, and they must have an author.
- The sources used in the paper must be cited using ML style with in-text citations and a works cited.