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PROJECT 4: FINAL EXAM Format: Open Books and Open Notes. Download the CMST 301_F

PROJECT 4: FINAL EXAM
Format: Open Books and Open Notes.
Download the CMST 301_FinalExam.V4.docx file attached to this assignment.
Type your responses to the essay questions directly in the attached exam and save the file as: CMST 301_FinalExam.V4.docx.
Submit the completed document to the Project 4 assignment folder.
You must answer 4 of the 8 essay questions. Should you answer more than 4, only the first 4 will be graded. Each essay is worth 25 points for a total of 100 points for the exam. The exam is worth 20% of your final grade. Be sure you organize your response covering all the aspects of the questions.
Length Requirement: Each essay response is required to be at least 250 words in length.
Going over 250 words is fine, but if you are under 200 words you will be penalized (10%).
Your response should be at least 90% original thought. Also, I am expecting to see analysis and the synthesis of ideas in your essays (not just a manipulation of direct quotes with your words spliced in between).
Content Requirements: Content must be comprehensive, accurate, and persuasive. Your response should be at least 90% original thought. Must use data from a minimum of one scholarly source to support statements and draw a thorough and convincing conclusion from the data.
Bibliographical Requirement: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia, About.com, Answers.com, Dictionary.com, How.com, or anything remotely similar. Examples of scholarly sources include our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources), textbooks, journal articles, trade magazines, and conference proceedings. UMGC has a top-notch, extensive online library. You can find many scholarly sources there. Note: “Personal communications (e.g. Twitter Posts, Blogs, and YouTube Videos)” are not considered professional or scholarly sources. Include at least ONE in-essay citation in EACH essay and a reference list at the END of each essay.
Formatting Requirements
The paper must follow APA guidelines throughout. See Course Content>Course Resources>Sample Paper to Show Appropriate Document Formatting.
Double-spaced (including the reference page) with the first line of each paragraph indented.
1-inch Margins
12 point professional font
Begin each essay on a separate page
This exam is **not** a group project. Your answers should be yours alone.
Please spell-check your work.
Download, complete and submit Project 4 no later than 11:59 PM (ET)
Due Date
May 10, 2022 11:59 PM

Topic is on Anorexia and how it affects peoples life including myself. 1. It mu

Topic is on Anorexia and how it affects peoples life including myself.
1. It must be in the proper format. This is NOT a Full Sentence Outline.
2. It must have the proper header. Headers will be on the first page of the assignment ONLY and will be in the following format:
Name: (Insert your full name here)
Section #: (This is your CRN)
Speech Title: (Please come up with a title for your speech)
General Purpose: (This will be one of the following: To inform, To entertain, or To persuade)
Specific Purpose: (This is a more specific statement that follows the General Purpose. Example: To inform my audience of the three spheres of influence Michelle Obama has had on society)
Thesis: (This is your thesis statement)
3. It must have BOTH Oral and Written citations.
Oral citations are written into the Full-Sentence Outline. Example: According to an article written in 2019 by Heather Silvis, she states that phubbing is a huge problem in interpersonal relationships today.
Written citations are at the end of a sentence where research was used. It does not matter if it was paraphrased or quoted, it must have a written citation if it did not come from your own thoughts. A written citation is in APA or MLA format and is in parentheses at the end of the sentence. Example: According to an article written in 2019 by Heather Silvis, she states that phubbing is a huge problem in interpersonal relationships today (Silvis, 2019).
4. It must have a proper works cited or bibliography page at the end. You may use APA or MLA formatting for this. If you are using Microsoft Word, you can use a hack that helps create your works cited page for you. Here is a video with a tutorial on how to create a works cited page in Microsoft Word for you automatically.
5. It must be long enough to satisfy the requirements of the assignment. For this speech, the time requirement is between 6 and 8 minutes. A speech that is 6-8 minutes should be roughly 900-1200 words.
6. It MUST include Transition Sentences. Transitions come in between each section of a Speech. There should be a transition between the Introduction and Body, in between each Main point of the Body and between the Body and the Conclusion. Transition Sentences must be in parentheses and in italics. Example: (Transition: Now that I have told you about how Michelle Obama made a difference as the first lady, let me tell you about her philanthropic endeavors).
7. Make sure the content is relevant to the assignment.
Look below on the example I’ve provide.

Students will use concepts from Hamlet on the Holodeck, Reality Is Broken, Conve

Students will use concepts from Hamlet on the Holodeck, Reality Is Broken, Convergence Culture and other readings to critique a work of digital media. The work must incorporate multiple media and respond to user interaction. Papers must include a link or other citation of the work and include references to in-class readings and other writings, reviews or analysis of the work. Students should list at least 6 sources. The paper may be written in magazine style, where citations are inserted conversationally. For example: “In Hamlet on the Holodeck, Janet Murray describes works of digital media as procedural, which is related to the computer’s ability to execute a series of instructions.” However, unlike a magazine article, students must submit a reference list with their paper. Papers should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and a minimum of 1000 words. DUE Wednesday, April 6.
The paper should include:
• A (brief) description of the plot. I will not accept papers that are mostly plot descriptions.
• Backstory on the work itself – who are the authors/producers? When was it produced? What was the audience reception of the work?
• Aesthetic analysis of the work, using Murray’s vocabulary (and other words we have learned this semester). They include:
• Participatory
• Spatial
• Encyclopedic
• Procedural
• Immersive
• Agency
• Transformative
Rubric
Quality of Research – 30
Application of ideas learned in class – 30
Quality of Writing – 40
SOURCES
Students should research newspaper and magazine articles and reviews of the digital works that they plan to analyze. Some of the best sources are below:
Metacritic – https://www.metacritic.com/ (Links to an external site.)
Start here. Metacritic reviews movies, games and TV. It includes user ratings as well as links to reviews written by professionals (click on the Critic Reviews tab for each item). It also gives all of the background information about the producers.
Endgadget, CNET and more –
https://www.engadget.com/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.cnet.com/ (Links to an external site.)
These sites review hardware (check them before buying new tech), but sometimes also review software, games and TV/video.
Platform-based Magazines – Games that are made for specific platforms have magazines or at least web sites that often have news about or reviews of games.
High-Quality MSM – Mainstream media may have high-quality reviews of popular games, TV shows, podcasts and more. These sources include The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired Magazine and others.
EXAMPLES OF IMMERSIVE DIGITAL NARRATIVES
“To tell a story, you must first of all build a world….” –Umberto Eco
Podcasts
Serial (Links to an external site.) (nonfiction)
Homecoming (Links to an external site.) (fiction)
TV Series (tell us how a TV series extends the narrative universe and shows elements of participatory, spatial, encyclopedic or procedural elements, or other concepts from Murray.)
Game of Thrones
The Wire
LOST
Breaking Bad
The Sopranos
AR/VR/XR PROJECTS
Super Mario AR
http://shek.it/ (Links to an external site.)
Android AR Experiments
https://experiments.withgoogle.com/ar (Links to an external site.)
Ad Campaigns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd0XPKtqEV8 (Links to an external site.)
Magic Leap
Magic Leap | Demos: Waking Up with Mixed Reality (Links to an external site.)
Magic Leap Virtual Reality – Behold The Future (Links to an external site.)
Pair-Burst Memory
https://vimeo.com/14359696 (Links to an external site.)
Village LIVE
https://annekgoodfriend.github.io/Bootstrap_villageLIVE/ (Links to an external site.)
New York Times Augmented Reality App
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/01/sports/olympics/nyt-ar-augmented-reality-guide.html (Links to an external site.)
Images from Carne Y Arena
CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) – Trailer (Links to an external site.)
VIDEO GAMES
Myst
MYST – Chapter 1 (Links to an external site.)
LONGFORM JOURNALISM
Snowfall
http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/ (Links to an external site.)
Firestorm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/may/26/firestorm-bushfire-dunalley-holmes-family (Links to an external site.)
A New Age of Walls
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/border-barriers/global-illegal-immigration-prevention/ (Links to an external site.)
Easter Island is Eroding
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/14/climate/easter-island-erosion.html

In chapter 10, we discussed advertising and strategic communication. We always l

In chapter 10, we discussed advertising and strategic communication. We always live with various forms of advertising. Sometimes we don’t realize that an advertisement is an advertisement. Just as advertisers are struggling with strategies and tactics to persuade us, critical thinking is essential to our consumption of advertising. As a practice of critical thinking, let’s think about the following question.
Consider both a familiar and an unfamiliar industry or category (e.g., cars, entertainment companies, airlines, hotels, etc.). Name three brands within each category. How did you become familiar with the brand, through direct use or only through advertising? Did advertising influence your decision to first use that brand?

In chapter 8, the textbook explains “fake news,” which means that individuals an

In chapter 8, the textbook explains “fake news,” which means that individuals and groups create fictitious stories and feed them into social media streams like Facebook and YouTube, where users widely shared the stories, unaware of – or unconcerned with – their veracity. Think about the following questions and post your answers.
Have you seen or heard any fake news? What was the fake news about? Why do you think fake news is an important issue in the social media era? How can we stop or reduce the spread of fake news as news creators and media consumers?

Watch a documentary related to communication: The Social Dilemma (2020) Link: h

Watch a documentary related
to communication:
The Social
Dilemma (2020)
Link: https://vimeo.com/462049229
Part 1: Describe the Documentary, provide
a summary of the documentary for someone who has not seen it. Summarize the
main points. Elaborate on anything you found interesting, like a shocking fact
or a visual style that stood out to you.
Part 2:
Apply Class Concepts, apply three class concepts
to the film. Briefly explain the concept, then show how it is reflected in the
film.
Class concepts, you can pick any three of
these: 1)Self-esteem
2)Interpersonal communication 3)
Message overload 4)Respect 5)Roles
6)Credibility

Topic C: Google likes to watch you “Maybe feeling watched may make the world mor

Topic C: Google likes to watch you
“Maybe feeling watched may make the world more honest,” says the homunculus-genius TED talkER in the above video.
Write an 8-10-page paper. First, watch the video. Briefly explain (after your thesis paragraph, of course), what this person has to say about the future of search. Next, explain your own use of mobile search technology and why you feel that these technologies are indispensable or an imposition (use at least two of the sources for this week’s readings as references in support of your claims). Finally, in the critical-phase of your paper, do you agree that “maybe feeling watched may make the world more honest”? Why or why not?
Make sure you demonstrate familiarity with the tension between surveillance and presumptions of honesty. There’s a lot written about this issue. For an excellent counterargument, read this chapter from Ariely’ s book on dishonesty. Even the Supreme Court has weighed in on the sanctity of anonymity in a democracy In McIntyre v. Ohio, in which a powerful concurring opinion was written by Justice Thomas. Make sure you demonstrate some knowledge of the course material and connect to the history of communication technologies.
TED TALK VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa4jQIW2etI&t=4s

Topic C: Google likes to watch you “Maybe feeling watched may make the world mor

Topic C: Google likes to watch you
“Maybe feeling watched may make the world more honest,” says the homunculus-genius TED talkER in the above video.
Write an 8-10-page paper. First, watch the video. Briefly explain (after your thesis paragraph, of course), what this person has to say about the future of search. Next, explain your own use of mobile search technology and why you feel that these technologies are indispensable or an imposition (use at least two of the sources for this week’s readings as references in support of your claims). Finally, in the critical-phase of your paper, do you agree that “maybe feeling watched may make the world more honest”? Why or why not?
Make sure you demonstrate familiarity with the tension between surveillance and presumptions of honesty. There’s a lot written about this issue. For an excellent counterargument, read this chapter from Ariely’ s book on dishonesty. Even the Supreme Court has weighed in on the sanctity of anonymity in a democracy In McIntyre v. Ohio, in which a powerful concurring opinion was written by Justice Thomas. Make sure you demonstrate some knowledge of the course material and connect to the history of communication technologies.
TED TALK VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa4jQIW2etI&t=4s

American culture, and North American culture, at least in its dominant value fra

American culture, and North American culture, at least in its
dominant value framework, has long supported the notion of “rugged
individualism” and individual action whereas other cultures focus on
interdependence and collectivism. There
are also differences, not spelled out as specifically in your text as to how people
from different cultures (especially those with strong cultural identities),
different races, different genders, and even different sexual orientation may
communicate in groups. It is possible to
examine this from an internal (American specific) issue of differences or an
international issue of differences and the impact of culture, race, etc. has on
communication and decision making within groups. Your assignment is to complete an annotated
bibliography of five research articles (from journals, not magazines or books
or other reporting entities). The five
articles may focus on one or two specific issues or a wide range of issues
related to the impact or the differences found as a result of culture, gender,
race, sexual orientation, etc.; the purpose is to begin to look at how group
decision making may vary for people depending on their values, communication
styles/patterns, or other issues related to their diversity or the diversity
within the group. It is my hope that
beyond learning some of the tactical and process group decision making skills
outlined in your book, you take an overarching look at diversity and its
impact. Although it may not be specific
to managing meetings from a technical standpoint, it is my opinion that it will
be essential to being effective in the workplace.

Research Question: “What are the norms portrayed by health app discourses, and h

Research Question:
“What are the norms portrayed by health app discourses, and how do they relate to neoliberal ideologies in data fetishism?”
The goal of my essay:
Discourse and content analysis of how MyFitnessPal app users relate to neoliberalism and data fetishism.
– I will provide my findings (user comments); please do an analysis of them (eg. how do the comments reflect neoliberalism? do users rely on the community of the app? By reading through the comments, what do you observe? How does the usage promote date fetishism? etc)
– The findings are in my incomplete draft, please feel free to edit them