University Of Toronto Scarborough Department Of Arts, Culture & Media
MDSB05H3/GASB05H3 Media & Globalization
Assignment 2: Reading report (30%)
Wednesday March 14, 2017 12pm (EST) on Blackboard. (New deadline!)
The goal of this reading report is to read a pre-selected peer-reviewed journal paper, relate it to Robertson’s definition of globalization, and to make a distinction between theory and empirical data. You can pick 1 of the 4 articles below. The assignment should consist of three elements:
1) Summarize the article’s key argument and pinpoint the key concepts, that is to say, the core theoretical contribution the authors offer.
2) In the textbook, Robertson (2015) defines globalization as “the process whereby polities, economies, institutions and actors at all levels of society become increasingly connected across national borders”. Does the author of the article acknowledge or challenge Robertson’s definition? And why (not)? Feel free to engage deeper with other chapters in Robertson’s book and the material discussed in class. Depending on which article you pick, you can integrate ideas on (platform) imperialism, power, media elites, the public sphere, militarization, the role of the media, audiences, etc. If you use additional sources (and/or Robertson) do not forget to properly cite those sources. See this useful guide if you’re unsure how to cite: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/citing & http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/using-and-citing-sources.
3) Make a distinction between the use of theory (concepts/ideas) and empirical data. What are the author’s key theoretical and conceptual contributions? And, how do they relate to the data that is used to substantiate the theoretical claims?
Please pick 1 of the articles below (available online and on Blackboard):
Bruns, A., & Hanusch, F. (2017). Conflict imagery in a connective environment: audiovisual content on Twitter following the 2015/2016 terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. Media, Culture and Society, 39(8), 1122–1141. http://doi.org/10.1177/0163443717725574
Pongiyannan, D., & Pugsley, P. C. (2016). Tamil talk shows: Maintaining tradition in the new public sphere. Global Media and Communication, 12(2), 161–175. http://doi.org/10.1177/1742766516652918
Sarnelli, V., & Kobibi, H. (2017). National, regional, global TV in Algeria: University students and television audience after the 2012 Algerian media law. Global Media and Communication, 13(1), 57–83. http://doi.org/10.1177/1742766517694473
4. Soh, K., & Yecies, B. (2017). Korean–Chinese Film Remakes in a New Age of Cultural Globalisation: Miss Granny(2014) and 20 Once Again(2015) along the Digital Road. Global Media and China, 2(1), 74–89. http://doi.org/10.1177/2059436416687105
Grading scheme: See separate grading rubric on Blackboard
A) Presentation & effort (+/- 20%)
o Full points for a well written, well organized argument, proper
formatting of sources, and a paper that is proofread
B) Good summary of the article, good grasp of the author’s argument and key
contribution (+/- 40%)
o This part awards points for a well-structured summary of the author’s
key concepts and the ability to make a distinction between theory and
C) Quality of the argument and grasp of course theory (+/- 40%)
o Good grasp of (and link with) the course’s theory. This part grades how well you engage with the textbook (Robertson) and the material in class, the level and sophistication of your analysis, and above all your ability to offer strong conceptual and theoretical insights. This part also includes the use of additional primary and secondary sources.
• Bonus points are awarded for original arguments and for well-chosen and integrated additional scholarly sources.
Suggested essay length is 800 words, with a hard maximum of 1000 words (excluding references). There is no minimum length. There is no limit for references. The use of the paper template is mandatory (available on Blackboard). Any citations style list at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/using-and-citing-sources is accepted when applied consistently.
☐ Use the paper template
☐ Proper citation and proper formatting of sources
☐ Assignment formatted as PDF
☐ Paper proofread by friend/parent/partner/colleague/personsittingnextoyouinclass