Post #8: Media-Centered Perspectives

Due by the usual class period on Wednesday, April 8th

*Please respond to blogging prompts in a new posting on your own blog. Please enumerate and entitle all of your blog postings in line with the posting assignment number and title.

For your Critical Essay #2, you may also choose to employ media-centered perspectives to rhetorical criticism. For this blog post, you will respond to the following prompts and perform a short analysis through media-centered perspectives.

  1. For the artifact, you may locate an artifact that you could potentially analyze for your Critical Essay #2 and that is appropriate for media-centered perspectives. Ideally, the full transcript or a portion of your selected artifact should be available online so that you can include its link in your posting. If not, find another way to describe the artifact and include in your posting examples from the artifact’s content (a YouTube video, etc). State the full title of the artifact and its genre (film, etc).
  2. Briefly describe the rhetorical situation of your artifact to inform your readers about its content, including its “overt story” (see p. 280 in our textbook).
  3. Briefly examine (describe and interpret) your selected artifact through selected media-centered perspectives concepts/ideas related to your artifact (e.g., media ecology theory, media logic, commodification, amplification/reduction, social learning theory, parasocial relationship theory, or cultivation theory). Support your analysis with some descriptions, summaries, or quotations from the artifact content. You will provide a full analysis (should you choose to develop this blog posting) in your Critical Essay #2. This posting should just present some preliminary observations.
  4. Based on your analysis, make a few statements to evaluate the potential implications of your selected artifact.
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