- Pick a medium of communication. A medium of communication, broadly defined, is a system/process that enables people to communicate with one another. This includes mass media like television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. It also includes art media like oil paintings and films, correspondence media, like letters and memos, telephonic media like cell phones, family radio, and intercoms, and propinquitous media like face-to-face interaction, intimacy, classes, and live speeches. Here are several lists of media:
- Having selected a medium, do the following:
- Identify the roles associated with that medium of communication. What ethical responsibilities, options, and choices, exist for each role.
I have not found that the research literature is terribly helpful in identifying the roles that are normally associated with specific media, but that there is usually copious information about specific roles within specific media. I have, however, collected a variety of resources that identify various roles associated with different media:
- A draft paper that overviews a wide variety of roles associated with media: http://evolutionarymedia.com/papers/rolesInMedia.htm
- A list of lists that collects together resources on roles in a variety of different media. Media summarized include: Radio, television, newspapers, public relations (not really a medium, but the roles in it support media), small groups, organizational networks: RolesInMedia.
- An earlier paper, Rights, Responsibilities, Metaphors, and Electronic media associates a smaller number of generic roles with a slightly smaller number of media types: http://davis.foulger.info/papers/Cmc-meta.htm
You will have to decide what roles are associated with the media you select. I will be happy to help, of course.
The interesting part of the paper is associating the roles with specific ethical responsibilities. This is the part you have to think about, and which I expect your references will be most strongly oriented to.
If you want to get a more accessible introduction to the theory of media this assignment is loosely rooted in, you might check out http://evolutionarymedia.com/papers/hammerAsMedium.htm.
Note that I will consider alternative paper proposals on a case-by-case basis. I am open to having you do something different if you have a strong interest in a particular communications ethics related topic.
- Satisfy the 10/10/12 Rule:
- 10 references, excluding the texts used in the course (you can use the texts in your referencing, but they don't count towards the 10.
- 10 pages double spaced. This is not a maximum page count. It is about the right length for a paper that explores an issue in more detail. The problem with shorter isn't that you will lose a lot of points. I will deduct about a point a page (out of 100) if the paper is short. It is that you'll have trouble satisfying other paper objectives in a shorter paper.
- 12 point type. This is pretty much the default these days.
- Things that I expect in a minimally competent ("D") paper:
- An appropriate title
- An introductory paragraph that sets up the paper
- A concluding paragraph that reasonably concludes the paper
- The content of the paper to be organized (headings are a good thing, especially when you use them to outline the paper in advance)
- The paper should at least 10 pages long.
- The writing quality of the paper is reasonable. I'm more tolerant of spelling errors than I am of broken sentences a multi-page paragraphs.
- There are 10 references, not including the books used in class, and they are actually used.
- Things that I expect in an average ("C") paper. All of the above, plus:
- The content of the paper does a good job of summarizing the subject matter.
- The conclusion of the paper is tied to the opening of the paper.
- The references are all used in the body of the paper (and everything that needs to be referenced in the paper actually is).
- Things that I expect in an above average ("B") paper All of the above, plus:
- A fun and interesting title
- An introductory paragraph that creates interest in the paper.
- The body of the paper is interesting and thought provoking.
- The references are used well (e.g. they help to advance the paper).
- Things that I expect in an exceptional ("A") paper All of the above, plus:
- The conclusion is thoughtful and raises interesting questions.
- The presentation is creative
- At least some references that are interesting and/or eclectic (e.g. they add something unusual or interesting to the paper).
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