essay

The essay will be evaluated on the basis of timely completion, correct citation and appreciation of relevant literature, articulation of issues, use of evidence, quality of analysis, and clarity of expression. You may choose one of these three options as your essay topic: a) Describe the experiences of working in a factory making communications technologies versus working in an e-waste dump disposing of them, and how workers and associated not-for-profit groups organize and use the media to defend their rights. b) Engage with theories of identity to analyze media representations of one out of these categories: race, sexuality, class, disability, or gender. You may choose any media texts to analyze, provided that they are available in English and on-line. c) Construct a debate between these two contrasting perspectives: “Nothing is new about the digital media. The same old questions of inequality and exploitation apply” versus “The new media have revolutionized life and created freedom everywhere.”