COM325 Mass Communication and Society Questions

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Questions 1-4 should be answered minimum of 300 words max 600


Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios (Links to an external site.) Answer the following questions. Min of 300 words

  • How are fan art and fan fiction meaning-making?
  • What compels artists and writers to generate creative products using their talents that respond to corporate media creations?
  • What is the nature of the conversations taking place between the media and its users here?

Are fan art and fan fiction just an extension of the original media that inspire them, or new and original media in and of themselves?


Read this article: (Links to an external site.)

Then watch this clip from the Nov. 28, 2011 episode of The Colbert Report, about CNN’s layoff of editors and photojournalists in favor of the crowdsourcing iReport feature: (Links to an external site.)

Discuss the points that the academic article and Colbert were trying to make regarding the social newsgathering concept, while addressing the following questions:

  • What are the risks of relying too heavily on the public to produce content?
  • Where do you see this happening in the media, and what is your opinion of it?
  • Is social media-produced content reliable?
  • Is this a positive or negative trend for the media overall?


Watch the TED Global 2009 Talk, “Cynthia Schneider: The Surprising Spread of Idol TV”: (Links to an external site.). Answer the following questions:

  • In what ways do the media influence culture in this case study? In what ways does culture influence the media?
  • Is the dominant culture created, maintained, and reproduced in this case study?
  • Does the export of American media, like the American Idol format, reinforce indigenous dominant culture, or does it actually spread the dominant culture of the West through these competition shows?

How does American dominant culture influence this presentation itself?

4. Using this weeks readings, answer the following prompts in your initial posting. Readings: Required

  • Who do you think is in control in the media/audience relationship: the producers or the consumers?

What influence do they have on each other?

Support your argument with specific case studies and articles we have read in this course, or with sources found through your own media use.

Also, apply a media effects theory (or two) to support your position.

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