The goal of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can understand and interpret media artifacts through the lens of theories that we have learned about in class.
Step 1: Choose a theory.
Step 2: Choose a media artifact.
Step 3: Write the paper.
In the first paragraph, please identify the media artifact that you chose. Please briefly describe the media artifact. In addition, please include a link to the media artifact.
In the second paragraph, please introduce and thoroughly describe the theory that you chose. Outline any and all assumptions and propositions related to the theory. Define any and all key terms related to the theory. Please use the textbook and lecture notes to complete this paragraph (i.e., no outside research is necessary).
In the third paragraph, please analyze the media artifact using the theory you chose as a lens. In other words, please answer the following questions in order:How well does the theory explain what is happening in the media artifact?
How do the specific components (i.e., the assumptions, propositions, and key terms) of the theory describe what is happening in the media artifact?
If you do not think the theory explains what is happening in the media artifact, are there any specific components (i.e., the assumptions, propositions, and key terms) of the theory that do NOT describe what is happening in the media artifact?
In the fourth and final paragraph, please articulate your biggest takeaway from this assignment. Then explain one way in which learning about media theories changes the way you see the world.
First, you may choose any one of the four theories listed below. Though the theory you select may not specifically be a media theory, you should explain how it is applied and conceptualized in media contexts. You may choose one of the following theories:
1.Cultivation theory (Unit 2: Media