Social Media and Ourselves

Requirements: Times New Roman 12-pt font, 1-inch margins. 10 full double-spaced pages minimum not including headings or References. Include a title page as well as a header on all pages with your first and last name, date, and course number. Cite a minimum of four scholarly sources in APA format.

Topic: Analyze two networked publics you interact with online, and your role as a bridge between them.

Details: You will select two important networked publics you interact with through social media and name them.* These can be different social media platforms or two publics using the same platform. You will describe the culture of each of these publics and why each is important in your life. You will also imagine how someone like you might have interacted with each public (or a similar public) before the existence of social media. Then, you will analyze two social media posts shared by others in that public, and one social media post you have shared with that public. Finally, you will analyze your role as a bridge between these two publics.

*(Replace “Public One” and “Public Two” in the rest of this document with the names you have given the publics.)

Parts of your paper

Section Heading name

What is in the section

Guideline for length of section

Title page

Write the title of the paper, skip several lines, then write your first and last name, date, and Professor Daly, eSociety 150.

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I. Introduction

Write what this paper is about. Do not write Prof Daly’s essay prompt (“Analyze two networked publics you interact with online, and your role as a bridge between them.“) Instead, in the essay, state in your own words what you are doing in the paper. Your thesis statement should generally be one sentence in the beginning or end of the (main) paragraph.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Cultures of these Publics

Describe the culture of each public – that is, what are their shared beliefs, norms, and common practices? Think about language, imagery, topics of discussion, and sharing and commenting practices.

¾ page (1 paragraph per public.)

Such Publics in History

Write about how someone like you might have interacted with each public (or a similar public) before the existence of social media. Include examples of common interactions in similar publics in history.

¾ page (1 paragraph per public.)

II. Analysis Section

Introduction to your analysis section.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of Post One Shared in Public One

Analyze a post shared by someone other than you in Public One.

To analyze a post by someone else:

Quote the post. Include the post in words or a screenshot.

Describe the post. Write about the post in context. Give details about what the post means from your perspective, using your knowledge of this group’s other posts.

Post audience. Write what you know about whom the post was shared with. Was it “public”? Friends only? Who interacted with it after it was posted?

Post source. Write what you know about where the post came from. Was it re-shared from a previous source? What type of source?

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of Post Two shared in Public One

Analyze (as above) another post shared by someone other than you in Public One.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of a Post This Author Shared in Public One

Analyze a post YOU shared in Public One, as above.

To analyze a post by someone else:

Quote the post. Include the post in words or a screenshot.

Describe the post. Write about the post in context. Give details about what the post means from your perspective.

Post audience. Was this post “public”? Friends only? Why did you choose to share what you did in that public in particular? Or if you were sharing with multiple publics at the same time, did you have concerns about context collapse? Who interacted with it after you posted it?

Post source. Write about where the post came from. Was it re-shared from a previous source? What type of source?

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Findings about Sharing in Public One

Draw a brief conclusion, based on the posts you analyzed, that supports what you wrote about the culture of Public One. Why does this information matter in terms of understanding how people interact online, based on course concepts? (Concepts in It’s Complicated, Algorithm-related Issues, Publics and Counterpublics, etc.)

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of Post One shared in Public Two

Analyze a post shared by someone other than you in Public Two.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of Post Two shared in Public Two

Analyze a post shared by someone other than you in Public Two.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Analysis of a Post This Author Shared in Public Two

Analyze a post YOU shared in Public Two, as above. Why did you choose to share what you did in that public in particular?

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Findings about Sharing in Public Two

Draw a brief conclusion, based on the posts you analyzed, that supports what you wrote about the culture of Public One. Why does this information matter in terms of understanding how people interact online, based on course concepts? (Concepts in It’s Complicated, Algorithm-related Issues, Publics and Counterpublics, etc.)

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

III. Bridging these Publics

Analyze your role as a bridge between these two publics. What have you learned in your positioning interacting with both of these publics? What have they learned through you? Are there others also acting as bridges between these two publics? What types of communication could you accomplish in this role if you felt the need (i.e. activism, social support, spreading of important information)? Why does this information matter in terms of understanding how people interact online, based on course concepts? (Concepts in It’s Complicated, Algorithm-related Issues, Publics and Counterpublics, etc.)

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

Conclusion

Summarize all you have done in this paper.

¾ page (2 paragraphs)

References

Cite four scholarly sources in APA format.

(What is a Scholarly source? Take the tutorial athttp://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/scho…. (You do not need to give us proof you took the tutorial, but save it in cas another instructor asks in the future!) Note that our textbook is one scholarly source.

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