Thursday, October 6: Project 2 due by 10:49am
Please submit projects through D2L prior to the start of class, and come to
class ready to review and discuss your project
Compose an op-ed in the style of a NY Times or other major newspaper piece. Consider this writing assignment as an opportunity to make an argument for something you think to be true. Take about 1,000 words to explore a dimension of social media identity and ethics drawn from our class readings. Write an op-ed piece which argues for or against one of the following statements:
Social media platforms should regulate the interaction between users.
Being on a social network means being whoever you want to be without consequence.
The intended audience matters, regardless of the actual audience.
Users of social media networks should expect that they can be researched by anyone on those networks.
The self is always a selfie.
The online world is distinct from the offline world.
The benefits of social media outweigh the costs.
Identity is shaped and reshaped through performance.
Privacy settings on social media networks are insufficient.
Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.
Consult at least five credible sources that contextualize your ideas for the op-ed piece. All quotes and references must be properly documented with footnotes OR links to the referenced resource (such as the links found in-text in the two examples below).
Examples of op-eds from readings for this course:
The Real Bias Built in at Facebook by Zeynep Tufekci:
Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook by Zeynep Tufekci:
The Library has databases that can help you gather information on your topic:
Academic Search Complete - Includes scholarly articles, magazines, newspapers, government reports, and books on a variety of topics. It is a good starting point for this assignment.
Business Source Complete - It's not just business here. This resource includes public policy issues and different perspectives on issues related to this assignment.
Opposing Viewpoints - This database contains book chapters, articles, statistics and news articles representing both sides of an issue.
CatSearch -- Search across the many databases listed above all in one place AND get books in your results, too!