Final research essay: Has media convergence increased social or political participation?

Students will present a theoretically informed argument that responds to, and builds on, ideas sourced from course material and independent research. You should define the issue you have chosen to study, the concept(s) you use to critically assess the issue and show how this issue plays out in real life examples (e.g. media texts, practices, technologies).Such a critical engagement is notably different from an approach that simply seeks to summarize a topic. Students should note that they are being assessed on the quality of their engagement with the issues highlighted by the essay question, and the quality of the argument they develop in response.Your essay MUST clearly identify the Essay Question (i.e. copy and paste the question number and entire question) at the beginning of the essay.Scholarly Research requirementYou will be expected to show evidence of scholarly research by referencing appropriate readings from the Reader and at least six (6) external academic sources, such as books and journal articles. As usual, lecture slides should not be cited.Essay topicsHenry Jenkins claims that we live in an era of media convergence, which shapes the new media environment throughout technological, corporate and cultural levels. Has media convergence increased social or political participation? Answer through an analysis of a contemporary media platform and discuss in relation to the differing types of convergence.
The final assignment provides students with an opportunity to reflect on key themes and ideas that have been addressed in particular weeks, and across the subject as a whole, regarding the social role(s) performed by media institutions, technologies, texts, practices and audiences, and to offer a theoretically-informed response and/or argument using concepts and ideas sourced from course material and independent research. Where appropriate, you should illustrate your points and claims with examples (e.g. media texts, practices, technologies). Your essay should aim to develop a critical stance or position on the topic or question, supported by scholarly evidence. Such a critical engagement is notably different from an approach that simply seeks to summarise a given topic area, and students should note that they are being assessed on the quality of their engagement with the issue or issues at stake, as highlighted by the essay question, and the quality of the argument they develop in response.
Required reading(s):Jenkins, H. (2006). Introduction: “Worship at the Altar of Convergence”. Convergence Culture : Where Old and New Media Collide. (pp. 1–22). NYU Press.Carlson, B. (2019). Disrupting the master narrative: Indigenous people and tweeting colonial history. Griffith Review, 64.