Sociology Essay

Sociology

Choose two out of the five questions below. For each, write a 500 – word . Use your sources directly and when you quote, please use a citation. There are no right or wrong answers.

1) Read “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World” ( http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/11/01/how-teens-do-research-in-the-digital-world/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. ) Focus on the summary. How might the ways that young people do research affect the ways that this generation interprets the world around them? Focus on the positive and/or negative aspects that you see in young peoples’ abilities to analyze the media environment. Use this source and others idea that we have read and talked about in class to support your argument. What has already changed in the 6 years since this was published? How is this related to the current issues over “fake news”? Use your own experience as well.

2) Read this The New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/media/a-kiss-is-just-a-kiss-unless-its-an-ad-for-a-clothing-company.html?_r=0 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) and view the film of First Kiss (that has had over 128 million YouTube hits.
FIRST KISS (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
FIRST KISS

What are some ways that you can interpret both the film and the reasons why it has had found such a big audience? Use sources and ideas from class in your analysis. The video is linked in the article.

3) Read Read these two articles about Hollywood and history:

History According To Hollywood: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/opinion/History-According-to-Hollywood.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Selma vs. History: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/jan/08/selma-vs-history/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. .

Write a short essay on why Hollywood films should accurately portray historical events or why they do not have an have obligation to do so

4) Watch Why We Fight: Prelude to War (
Why We Fight #1: Prelude to War (1943) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Why We Fight #1: Prelude to War (1943) ) Describe the various propaganda techniques used in the film. (For examples see: https://www.uvm.edu/~jleonard/AGRI183/propoaganda.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. )

5) Reread “The Garrison State: (https://cyberwar.nl/d/1941-The_Garrison_State.pdf) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. How closely does Lasswell’s argument from 1941 relate to today’s world? What is the same? What has changed? See also:

6) Apply idea from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, to a current art “text” or medium: http://waysofseeingwaysofseeing.com/ways-of-seeing-john-berger-5.7.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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