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This is a short essay assignment (3-6 pages) that requires students to do a little research, but it emphasizes analysis more than extensive research. Continue reading
** Extra Credit Assignment
You can earn up 2% extra credit added to your final grade for documenting how you have contributed up to 2 pieces of media criticism to the public sphere (1% added for each contribution). By “media criticism,” I mean that that you have contributed to a public discussion about the societal implications of media invoking some of the themes from this class. Some examples of ways of contributing to the public sphere include: a letter about media policy sent to the FCC or a legislative representative, a letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine, a comment submitted to a blog or online periodical (the only thing I require is that the blog is not run by you or a friend of yours).
This is an assignment I’ve used to encourage students to explore media policy issues. By doing a little research on different perspectives on net neutrality, student get a sense of how to gather information and formulate an opinion on media policy issues that are often ignored by major media. In addition to having each student search for 2 articles on net neutrality, I ask everyone to view a report on the net neutrality issue from PBS NOW (http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/222/index.html#here). I think it’s important ask students to critically assess whether certain arguments in this debate might be constructed as a distraction or disguise private interest in the name of public interest. In addition to having students do their own research, I have them share their findings in small groups, map all pro & con arguments, and evaluate the arguments together. Continue reading