Project #31346 - critical assignment

 

Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev, one of the world’s leading thinkers about democracy and authoritarianism, argued that the communication revolution has created a “fragmentation of the public space.” Instead of all of us being part of a single public debate, the Internet and social media have allowed us all to consume only “the information that confirms our biases.” (Globe and Mail, Thursday June 16, 2011)

Marshall McLuhan postulated that the electronic envelope surrounding the earth links us all together in a global village, retribalizing humanity.

Here you are asked to write a report, 6 pages in length, exploring and analyzing the media coverage of a politically charged issue, keeping in mind the above ideas. The following are the steps and elements required:

Research:

  1. Browse Noam Chomsky's web site and find an article or a video on a subject that interests you. Choose a topic with strong political implications (as most of them will be), and choose something that is current, topical and ongoing.
  1. Go to web sites hosted by major online media outlets (such as Al Jazeera, Fox, NBS, BBC, CBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, etc.) and search your topic. Choose at least four different articles to analyze. Save the links.
  2. Research your topic on other alternative and independent media sites such as human rights watch (hrw.org). (Find at least one article.)
  3. Research international media from both sides of the issue or conflict.

Writing:

In the introduction of your paper, provide a brief history of the issue you are investigating, and state the purpose of your inquiry.

Write a brief summary of each of the articles, videos or audio clips you chose. Discuss how each media outlet angles the story in its own distinctive way. Consider intended audience and purpose. How is the political bias of the media outlet revealed in its presentation?

Look at aspects such as the language reporters use, the use and nature of visuals (pictures), the length of the article released for publication, the choice of interviewees, the location of the item on the web site, and any other aspects of the coverage that illustrate how that network “angles” the story in a particular way.  Compare and contrast.

In the last section of your paper, discuss McLuhan's ideas of globalization and retribalization. In light of your media inquiry, how do you (or do you not) see McLuhan's ideas applying?

Length: 4-6 pages, double-spaced (it can be longer if you choose to include images, etc.) Include links to the stories/clips/articles in your essay.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/20/2014 12:00 am
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