COM 224: MID-TERM EXAM

COM 224: MID-TERM EXAM

QUESTION ONE: (10 Points)
On Monday, I talked about “the politics of representation.” First, explain why many communication and media studies scholars focus on media representation(s). What’s at stake? Why does it matter? Next, expand upon any example I used in class to illustrate the issue(s) of representation. You do no need to agree to disagree with anything I said; I’m looking for you to engage one of the examples by providing your own evidence and argument for or against the particular issue. (One single-spaced or two double-spaced pages should do it here.)

QUESTION TWO: (10 Points)
On Wednesday, I talked about the debate(s) around sex and gender. First, summarize my main points from the day. Then, expand upon a couple of the examples I used in class. As in the first question, you do no need to agree to disagree with anything I said; I’m looking for you to engage one of the examples by providing your own evidence and argument for or against the particular issue. (One single-spaced or two double-spaced pages should do it here.)

QUESTION THREE: (30 Points)
Critically engage Karen Sternheimer’s central arguments and the topic of “media effects” while making a few (more than a couple) connections between each day’s lectures and other class readings. Whether you personally agree or disagree with any of the course readings or class lectures, what are some of the larger social issues at stake? (Two single-spaced or four double-spaced pages should do it here.)

Let me be clear: Demonstrate an understanding of each day’s key points and issues. Be analytical. Engage the readings and lectures with more than an “agree” or “disagree.” If you personally agree with a position, explain how you would clearly counter someone who disagrees. SHOW – with your own example – how they are wrong or misguided. If you disagree with a position, then clearly take apart the argument. SHOW why it is wrong or misguided.

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