Here are 5 essay assignments referenced on page 3 of the syllabus. Each question is
separated by a bullet point [•]. Choose ONE question to answer and write a 3,500-word (10-
12 typed pages) essay on it.
• The present-day media system, both on and off line, is increasingly dominated by a diminishing number of mega communications corporations. Drawing on examples from at least TWO of these corporations explain how the strategies they pursue helps organize contemporary cultural and social life?
• Briefly describe the three approaches to media, communication and development put forward by Manyozo (2012). Explore one of them in more detail, drawing on additional literature and examples. What are some of the key ideas, concepts
or theories behind your chosen approach and how do you think your examples
• The advent of the internet has proliferated opportunities for sexual intimacy, politics and means of forming communities- What role can social and digital media play within sexuality politics and activism? Use examples and case studies alongside critical reading to make your argument.
• ‘Our cell phones give us instant communication, break down frontiers, break down political control and censorship, and enable markets to work effectively. They are an unmitigated marvel.’ Provide a critique of this position, based on the environmental and occupational-health impact of these devices on those who make and recycle them.
• Propose and argue for one change to copyright laws in one country of your choice
• Analyze the representation of one or more group(s) of people in media using
elements of textual analysis developed in class. Choose a specific example of a media
Examples might include national cinema, television, magazines, advertisements, among others. Topics might include ethnic identities, sexuality and gender, representations of youth and youth culture, or absence/presence of people with
disability in media.
How do the contemporary media represent nations, regions and
ethnic/social/collective groups of people in different ways?
How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?
What are the social and political implications of different media
representations of groups of people?
To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’?