Media Analysis Paper

GWS 1000: Media and the Sexes

Spring 2021

Media Analysis Project Assignment Sheet

Assignment Introduction:

Throughout the course, and especially in studies in television and film, we have many examples of media analysis articles. These are critical/cultural studies of a particular kind of media, which seek to interpret a form of media such as a TV show, film, video game, music album, etc. to better understand what that media demonstrates about the creators, the audience, and/or the culture at large. Unlike social sciences studies, which rely on quantitative data, cultural analyses are more holistic and focus on details of an individual example of media (rather than the whole genre) and tend to take a more subjective approach.

Assignment Description and Choosing a Topic:

To practice your interpretation skills and increase media literacy, you will write your own media analysis essay. You will choose a media example of your choice, one which you know very well, and will write a paper in which you will combine your own interpretations about this media example with research from a variety of sources, using the research as support for your argument. For your project, you may choose your topic from any of the following options:

· a television series (for a television series, choose 1-2 episodes maximum to focus on)

· a film

· a video game

· a musical album/song/music video (you may discuss both a song’s musical qualities and lyrics along with the music video, if you so choose)

(Note: You MUST choose only one film, one series, video game, etc. For example, it is unacceptable for this project to have a topic like “gender in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”–it is too broad a topic and will not produce any detailed analysis in a short paper. However, you might look at masculinity in the first Thor film as a topic, as this would be sufficiently narrowed down.)

Along with your choice of media example , you must also focus on a site of identity as a central part of your thesis . In the Thor example above, a topic proposal for that project would look something like “I will be exploring the way the film Thor depicts masculinity.” Although you will be asked to have a more concrete thesis later, this is sufficient for a topic proposal.

Research

For this project, you will be required to make use of at least 3 sources, all of good quality, and one of each of the following categories. Any further sources beyond 3 are up to you, but you are responsible for supporting your argument with good, reputable sources.

1.) The Peer-Reviewed Article. One source must come from the library collections and be a peer-reviewed, scholarly article or a chapter from a book of similar quality. I have linked the library’s homepage on Elearning. Try searching the title of the media you’re studying and see what comes up. If you’re having trouble finding anything, use the “Library Chat” option or come talk to me in office hours and I will help.

2.) The Reading from Class: Another source must be one of the readings from class discussion–meaning that it was assigned as a required reading. For the last project, you were only required to make a simple, single reference to the reading. For this project, you will be expected to make a more substantive use of it, really digging into the ideas and concepts presented in the reading in relation to your own media analysis.

3.) A Source of Your Choice. The third required source can be anything—an article from a reputable news source (like the New York Times, Vox, or Slate), a professional review of the media in question, another scholarly article, another reading from class, or even a YouTube video. You will choose this source at your own discretion, so be sure that the source is relevant, appropriate, and depending on the way you will use it in your project, of good quality and from a reputable source.

ex.) Lorenzo is writing his project on a video game, so he uses a professional game critic’s review of the game he’s writing about as a source.

There is also a fourth source—the media you’re studying, which is a primary source. So, at minimum, when you make your works cited for the project, there should be at least 4 entries.

Tip: Although it is tempting to simply choose the first three sources you find that fulfill the criteria above, be sure to research further and have extra bookmarked. In the course of preparing your project, you may find that the source you’d originally chosen is no longer relevant to your analysis and you’ll need to choose another one.

Paper Specifications:

· 4-6 pages, double-spaced, not including works cited

· Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1″ margins, no extra spaces between paragraphs.

· A heading for the paper, the same as the Social Media Journal: Your name, course name and number, date, and my name (Ms. Wolfer) in the upper-left corner of the first page in the same font as the rest of the document.

· A creative title for your paper

· MLA-style in-text citations and works cited

· 3 sources minimum, of the type described above

(a rubric, as well as more guidance with the paper, will be forthcoming in the coming weeks)

Supplementary Materials:

To help you prepare for your paper, you will have smaller assignments to build the necessary skills to write the paper.

1.) Topic Proposal (5 points):

After you choose which media example and identity form you will be writing about, you will upload your topic proposal to the Dropbox in Elearning. In addition to the statement of what you’ll be focusing on (see above for example) you will also explain why you are choosing the tv show, film, video game, etc. and the form of identity you want to focus on. I will send you back feedback in a reasonable timeframe, and you will be expected to adapt your project accordingly.

Double Points: If you wish to get 10 points for this part of the assignment rather than 5, you can meet with me in office hours (or make an appointment) to discuss your topic proposal. You may do this at any time until the paper is due, but I would recommend discussing it with me sooner rather than later.

2.) Annotated Bibliography (15 points):

To get feedback about your sources, you will turn in an annotated bibliography–a list of your current sources that you are planning to use for your paper, along with a short paraphrased summary of each of the sources. More information TBA.

3.) Peer Review (20 points)

During the week of April 6, a week before the paper is due, you will exchange papers with a partner on Teams and each of you will give the other feedback. The paper does not need to be finished, but there should be at least 1-2 pages, double-spaced, to ensure that there’s enough to discuss. Points will be awarded based on the length of the initial submission (at least 1-2 pages) and the quality and timeliness of feedback for your partner.

Bonus Points: For 5 extra points of credit, add a paragraph at the end of your final paper submission explaining how you incorporated your feedback from your partner into the final draft.

Important Dates:

· Topic Proposal is due by March 2 by 11:59PM to the Dropbox.

· Annotated Bibliography is due by March 19 by 11:59PM to the Dropbox.

· Peer Review will take place during the week of April 6. More details TBA.

· Media Analysis Paper is due on April 16 by 11:59 PM to the specifically marked Dropbox on Elearning.

Points Breakdown:

Topic Proposal (5 points)

Annotated Bibliography (15 points)

Peer Review (20 points)

Paper (185 points)

*bonus points can add a possible 10 points*

GWS 1000: Media and the Sexes

Spring 2021

Media Analysis Project Assignment Sheet

Assignment Introduction:

Throughout the course, and especially in studies in television and film, we have many examples

of media analysis articles. These are

critical/cultural studies of a particular kind of media, which

seek to interpret a form of media such as a TV show, film, video game, music album, etc. to

better understand what that media demonstrates about the creators, the audience, and/or the

culture a

t large. Unlike social sciences studies, which rely on quantitative data, cultural analyses

are more holistic and focus on details of an individual example of media (rather than the whole

genre)

and tend to take a more subjective approach

.

Assignment Desc

ription and Choosing a Topic

:

To practice your interpretation skills and increase media literacy, you will write your own media

analysis essay. You will choose a media example of your choice, one which you know very well,

and will write a paper in which yo

u will combine your own interpretations about this media

example with research from a variety of sources, using the research as support for your

argument. For your project, you may choose your topic from any of the following options:

·

a television series (f

or a television series, choose 1

2 episodes maximum to focus on)

·

a film

·

a video game

·

a musical album/song/music video (you may discuss both a song’s musical qualities and

lyrics along with the music video, if you so choose)

(Note: You

MUST

choose only one

film, one series, video game, etc. For example, it is

unacceptable for this project to have a topic like “gender in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”

it is

too broad a topic and will not produce any detailed analysis in a short paper. However, you

might look

at masculinity in the first Thor film as a topic, as this would be sufficiently narrowed

down.)

Along with your choice of media example

, you must also focus on a site of identity as a central

part of your thesis

. In the

Thor

example above, a topic propos

al for that project would look

something like “I will be exploring the way the film

Thor

depicts masculinity.” Although you

will be asked to have a more concrete thesis late

r

, this is sufficient for a topic proposal.

Research

For this project, you will be required to make use of at least 3 sources, all of good quality, and

one of each of the following categories. Any further sources beyond 3 are up to you, but you are

responsible for supporting your argument with good, reputabl

e sources.

1.)

The Peer

Reviewed Article

. One source must come from the library collections and be a

peer

reviewed, scholarly article or a chapter from a book of similar quality. I have linked the

library’s homepage on Elearning. Try searching the title o

f the media you’re studying and see

GWS 1000: Media and the Sexes

Spring 2021

Media Analysis Project Assignment Sheet

Assignment Introduction:

Throughout the course, and especially in studies in television and film, we have many examples

of media analysis articles. These are critical/cultural studies of a particular kind of media, which

seek to interpret a form of media such as a TV show, film, video game, music album, etc. to

better understand what that media demonstrates about the creators, the audience, and/or the

culture at large. Unlike social sciences studies, which rely on quantitative data, cultural analyses

are more holistic and focus on details of an individual example of media (rather than the whole

genre) and tend to take a more subjective approach.

Assignment Description and Choosing a Topic:

To practice your interpretation skills and increase media literacy, you will write your own media

analysis essay. You will choose a media example of your choice, one which you know very well,

and will write a paper in which you will combine your own interpretations about this media

example with research from a variety of sources, using the research as support for your

argument. For your project, you may choose your topic from any of the following options:

 a television series (for a television series, choose 1-2 episodes maximum to focus on)

 a film

 a video game

 a musical album/song/music video (you may discuss both a song’s musical qualities and

lyrics along with the music video, if you so choose)

(Note: You MUST choose only one film, one series, video game, etc. For example, it is

unacceptable for this project to have a topic like “gender in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”–it is

too broad a topic and will not produce any detailed analysis in a short paper. However, you

might look at masculinity in the first Thor film as a topic, as this would be sufficiently narrowed

down.)

Along with your choice of media example, you must also focus on a site of identity as a central

part of your thesis. In the Thor example above, a topic proposal for that project would look

something like “I will be exploring the way the film Thor depicts masculinity.” Although you

will be asked to have a more concrete thesis later, this is sufficient for a topic proposal.

Research

For this project, you will be required to make use of at least 3 sources, all of good quality, and

one of each of the following categories. Any further sources beyond 3 are up to you, but you are

responsible for supporting your argument with good, reputable sources.

1.) The Peer-Reviewed Article. One source must come from the library collections and be a

peer-reviewed, scholarly article or a chapter from a book of similar quality. I have linked the

library’s homepage on Elearning. Try searching the title of the media you’re studying and see