Abuse of New Mass Media


Description: The research paper is designed to showcase your abilities to communicate and support a persuasive scholarly argument on a debatable issue related to the course theme “media and popular culture.” All topics must be approved by the professor.

Due dates: See syllabus for due dates related to the materials on which you will be graded and to help you plan your project.   First due date: Mon. 10/24 topic and research question.


Your research paper is multi-faceted and will include the following: 

  • 5 written sources (including a minimum 2 scholarly articles)  
  • 1 piece of independent research you conduct (an interview, a survey, data collection, observation, etc.) 
  • 1 visual source (i.e. a chart, a photo, a graph, an image, etc.) in the body of your paper.
  • 1 media source (i.e. a documentary film, YouTube clip, video, podcast, film, website, newscast, TV program, Facebook, Internet source, song, etc.) 

Requirements: Your research paper should meet the following requirements: 

  • APA format (cover page, abstract, in-text citations, reference page, and annotated bibliography of your written sources)
  • 10- page written essay • Times New Roman font • 1” margins • stapled, hard copy with page numbers on every page.
  • a well-developed thesis, the use of appropriately cited research that supports your argument, and clear writing, free of grammar/diction/syntax errors. Please see syllabus for plagiarism statement. 

Research Presentation Methods:  

  • Persuasive Speech  
  • Webpage (for final exam research showcase)


Potential Topics: Topics may include, but are not limited to: 

media violence • body image in media • news bias and censorship • social abuses of new media (i.e. cyberbullying, Facebook harassment, Twitter wars) • celebrity culture and media • child development and media • video game culture  • gender, race, or class topics in the media • media and advertising •  music videos or popular music media • television programming • media and sports culture • corporate control of media • media and technology  • war and technology or war and media

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