The History of Media (Eras)

 MDSA02 Guidelines PAPER 1 Essay Topics.pdf 1250 words (min) 12 pt Times New Roman font, Standard Margins Submitted to Quercus in Doc or Docx or PDF (Pages not recognized) —MLA or APA format: quotes and paraphrasing need page numbers (Smith 235) or (Smith, 2000, p. 235). —Reference your 2+ outside academic sources (blogs, wikis, pop websites are not permitted, but can be referenced in addition to these scholarly sources. They do not count toward the 2.) –Reference the course text at least once. FORMAT —State your thesis at the end of Paragraph 1 — what will you claim? —Follow the “5×5” Essay Model (even if 6+ parags). Parag 1 Intro Parag 2 Topic – Early writing (for example) Parag 3 Topic – Invention of printing press Parag 4 Topic – Effects of printing on mass publishing Parag 5 Conclusion SOME WRITING TIPS Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence and address that topic. Block quotes (more than 3 full lines) should only be used in rare cases when you cannot summarize the gist, and almost never in 5-page papers. Introduce all quotes. As Campbell suggests, cinema can “educate us…” (Campbell 2005, p.5) Quotes cannot stand alone. “Ads are platforms for action” (Ewen, 2005, p.5) Topic 1 The History of Media (Eras) Campbell et al. outline the major Periods in the History of Media that we examined in the first 3 weeks of class: The Spoken Era (theories of language among early people), The Written Era (Sumerian and Egyptian writing), The Rise of Print (Gutenberg), the Electronic Era (radio, film, television), and the Digital Era (MP3 downloading, our time). Choose one period of Transition between Eras in Media (for example, how the Printing Press ended centuries of Writing by hand). Once you have chosen your period Medium, examine 3 ways the new medium (for example, printed books) changed media use in society. Topics could include: • How early writing in Sumer allowed for accounting and record keeping (and 2 other social changes of your choice); • How the new Printing Press in the 1450s enabled political campaigning (and 2 other social changes of your choice) • How the invention of home radios in the 1920s affected concert attendance, since people listened from home (and 2 other social changes of your choice); • How the TV in the late 1940s frightened the movie industry (and 2 other social changes of your choice); Downloaded shows how the Digital Age changed music forever. (This is just an EXAMPLE and is not required for the topic. You can choose any era or example). Napster Documentary ‘Downloaded’ | Part One (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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