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Op-Ed Assignment

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!


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