WVU COMM 493I - Media & Politics Midterm Fall2014(1) (2 pages)

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West Virginia University
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Comm 493i - SPTP:Diffusion of Innovations
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Media Politics Political Communication whatever Final Exam Which Questions Do You Answer This exam consists of three questions Graduate students should select two questions to answer and undergraduate students should select one to answer Exam Requirements Your answers must be typed and double spaced Please cut and paste the question you are responding to above your answer I know you d prefer strict guidelines but there is no page limit or requirement for question answers Different questions could be different lengths but I could probably see answers being around 3 to 4 pages that s a rough estimate because I ve never given these questions before You should write until you feel that you have sufficiently but succinctly answered each part of the question Some tips 1 There s no need to waste your time constructing flowery introductions and conclusions It s better to spend your time and words on answering the question 2 Use direct quotes very sparingly in fact it s probably better not to use them at all I already know what the readings say Your job is to convince me that you understand those readings in your own words For this reason an over reliance on quotes from the readings will not be evaluated favorably Ethics It s fine to collaborate with other classmates to plan out your answers In fact I would encourage it if you think your classmates know what they are talking about But obviously you shouldn t submit anything that even resembles writing that is similar to anyone else s Grading This exam is worth 75 points in total Proper grammar spelling and in text citations are expected If you cite a source other than your readings which isn t needed please include a properly formatted references page You will be graded on the organization of your answers and how well you demonstrate your mastery of the course material I am looking for evidence that 1 you understand the major concepts and research from this class and 2 you understand how they connect enough to integrate them For this reason you should support all your answers with evidence from the readings from class Convince me that you really know the specific material we ve covered Exam Submission Please submit your exam to be by e mail elizabeth cohen mail wvu edu The deadline for submission is 5 00pm on Saturday May 11 If you hand in the exam late I will deduct 10 points from your grade for every day it is late I will send you a confirmation within 24 hours of receiving your exam Media Politics Political Communication whatever Final Exam Questions 1 There are several different ways that the news media can influence citizens attention to and beliefs about different issues First define priming framing and agenda setting effects and give examples of each be sure your answer makes it clear how these different media effects differ Second think specifically about the recent news coverage of Ebola in the U S and explain how priming framing and agenda setting effects could lead to public panic Again include specific examples in your explanation whether they are examples you have actually seen or not 2 Many media scholars have argued that U S politics are becoming increasingly polarized and the citizens are becoming increasingly less informed because people selectively expose themselves to news and social media that supports their pre existing beliefs and they avoid news and social media that conflicts with their beliefs but there s conflicting evidence for these propositions First explain three reasons or psychological mechanisms that people would only expose themselves to likeminded information Second drawing from research on the history of news bias selective exposure filter bubbles and or echo chambers argue whether or not you believe that partisan selective exposure has ill effects for democracy or not 3 The line between U S politics and entertainment seems to be becoming increasingly blurred Drawing from research on fake news political entertainment media and celebritization of politics be sure your answer draws from all three bodies of research argue whether or not the merging of entertainment and politics has positive or negative effects on democracy Your answer should consider politainment s effects on at least three specific democratic outcomes e g voting activism or other types of political participation apathy and cynicism citizen knowledge political efficacy trust misinformation political discussion politician corruption etc and you should make sure that you explain how politianment affects these outcomes


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