Context: Here, you will act as a critic: your task is to create an independent claim that extends from both from a close-reading primary texts and secondary texts of your choosing (see “Annotated Bibliography”).
Final Research Essay: In exploring both the benefits and drawbacks to the internet’s ability to connect various communities, create a well-researched essay that articulates the overall impact that a digital platform(s) has on a specific community of your choosing and argue what specific changes that platform(s) could instigate to better inform and connect that community in a way that benefits society.
- First, centralize your claim around a community. For example…
- A racial community
- A community oriented around a political ideology
- Conspiracy theorists
- Digital celebrities
- I.e. Noble centralizes her claim to analyze Black communities
- Next, refine your community so that your analysis and research centralizes around a more explicate group. This does not mean you can ONLY talk about this sub-group, but it will help you to limit your scope. For example…
- Latino women
- Far-right white supremacists
- QAnon Believers
- Popular female influencers
- Male teenage digital celebrities
- I.e. Noble refines her scope to analyze the internet’s impact on young, Black women
- Next, if helpful, consider orienting your analysis around a specific platform
- Latino women’s experiences with Google
- Far-right white supremacists who use Facebook
- QAnon Believers use of Reddit
- Popular female Instagram influencers
- Male teenager YouTube stars
- I.e. Noble orients her analysis on Google and young, Black women.
Primary Source Research: At least four digital primary sources are required. In this case, your primary sources will depend on your topic—they may be a tweet, a Facebook page, a YouTube video created by a specific content creator, an online petition, etc.
Secondary Source Research: At least four peer-reviewed academic sources are required. At least one of these should be a chapter or section from Noble and/or Benjamin. You may change your sources as you write the essay; doing so does not mean that you alter your Annotated Bibliography (it is an act of pre-writing). Finally, you must engage with at least one source that you disagree with in a specific regard.
Format: 6-8 pages, typed, double spaced. 12 pt. Times New Roman font. 1-inch margins. MLA internal citations and bibliography.