Digital Media and Society

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your understanding of the following course concepts:

1.	How companies or organizations and individuals use digital or social media to effectively communicate ideas, information, arguments, and messages to achieve a specific goal.
2.	How digital or social media has transformed the communication of an idea, information, and arguments in society.
3.	Access, analyze, interpret, and evaluate digital media to foster learning and to guide decision-making.
4.	Make responsible choices in the creation and consumption of digital media based on awareness of global, social, ethical, and legal contexts.

In this project, you will select a topic discussed in class from the list provided below, conduct additional research on the topic, and share this information in a research paper.
Project 3 consists of:

1.	Project Requirements (topics and content to cover)
2.	Paper Requirements (content organization)
3.	Submission Requirements (how to submit your assignment)
4.	APA Resources (how to cite and select sources)
5.	Due Date Information and Late Policy

Select one of the 12 research topics below and complete ALL THREE sections:


Topic 1: Digital Media as a Distraction (Week 1)

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 1: Distracted by Everything PBS Online Video Documentary Series – Chapter 1 (00:00 – 08:28 minutes)

Topic 2: Digital Media’s Effects on the Brain (Week 1)

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 2: What’s It Doing to Their Brains? PBS Online Video Documentary Series – Chapter 2 (08:29 – 10:40 minutes)

Topic 3: The Use of Digital and Social Media in Politics (Week 2)

(Smartphone political ads target non-political events to talk directly to voters, one by one (web page)

Topic 4: Cyber Psychology (Week 2)

Cyber psychology and cyber behavior of adolescents-the need of the contemporary era (web page)

Topic 5: Virtual Worlds and Their Impact on Society (Week 3)

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier- Chapter 7 Virtual Worlds PBS Online Video Documentary Series

– Start the video then Navigate to Chapter 7 (52:05 – 1:01:26)

Topic 6: Fake News (Week 3)

Fake News Vs Real News (PBS Online video)

Topic 7: Digital Rights Management (DRM) (Week 4) The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (PDF)

Topic 8: Filter Bubbles (Week 4)

How Filter Bubbles Isolate You (YouTube Video)

Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is measuring what you click.

Topic 9: Data Visualization (Week 5)

“Information is Beautiful” Big Data Visualization (YouTube Video)

Topic 10: The Digital Divide (Week 6)

Digital Divides 2016 | Pew Research Center Small towns join forces to bridge the digital divide (YouTube video)

Topic 12: E-commerce (Week 7)

How Amazon Controls E-commerce: the Hidden empire: (online slideshow – 84 slides)


Answer the questions below:

Item 1: Which topic did you select?

Item 2: Why does this topic appeal to you?

NOTE 1: Section 1 should be the shortest section of your paper (10-15%).


Discuss your topic as presented in class. This is a summary of all the resources used in class relating to the topic including online discussions.

Item 1: Summarize the information on the topic as presented in the class, using the Read & Watch resources AND any classroom discussion (online or f2f) of the topic.

Item 2: Is the topic you selected relevant in a course on digital and social media? Whether you answer yes or no, justify your answer.

Section 2 Sources: Include the source(s) as an in-paper citation and on your References page.

NOTE 2: Section 2 should comprise (30-40%) of your paper.


Provide additional information on the topic you selected by locating ONE new resource (in addition to the resources provided in class) to expand your knowledge of the topic.

Item 1: What additional source did you find on the topic you selected?

Item 2: Why is the source you found (a) relevant, (b) credible, (c) accurate, and (d) unbiased based on what you learned from             ‘s Guide to Evaluating Research Sources? Address a-d in your answer.

Item 3: What new information did the source contribute to the topic as presented in class? Section 3 Source: Include at least ONE SOURCE related to your topic that has NOT been presented, discussed, or posted in the weekly Read & Watch in class or posted in the topic list above. Include this source as in-paper citation and include it on your References page.

NOTE 3: Section 3 should comprise the majority of your paper (45-60%). This is where your primary focus should be.

Paper Requirements

1.   Your paper must follow APA format guidelines throughout.

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(A sample APA template for you to use is attached to the bottom of this page. It contains Latin placeholder text. Replace the text with your content).

  1. Double-spaced
    1. 1-inch Margins
    1. 12-point size professional font (e.g. Times New Roman)
    1. Header
    1. Automatic Page numbers
    1. Title page
    1. Reference page

2.  Length: Minimum of 1,000

(Title page, Reference page, and direct quotes do not count toward the total word count).

NOTE 4: Going over 1,500 words is fine, but if you are under 900 words you will be penalized (10%).

3.  Title Page

Your title page must be APA formatted and include the following:

  1. Project Name
    1. Your Name
    1. Course Name and Section Number
    1. Semester
    1. Instructor’s Name
    1. Title of Research Paper Topic

4.  References Page

Your References page must be APA formatted.

5.  Sources: Include the source(s) from Section 2 and at least one source in Section 3.

Clarification: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia,,,,, or anything remotely similar. Examples of scholarly sources include textbooks, articles, academic journals, and conference proceedings. Scholarly resources are written by experts in their fields, grounded in research, and often refereed (reviewed and edited by researchers in the field).

Examples of professional sources include trade journals or magazines. Professional sources are written for a specific audience that works in a certain field. They are not research-based. You can also use our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources) as a source as well. UMGC has a top-notch, extensive online library. You can find many scholarly and professional sources there.  

NOTE 5: You can also use social media (e.g. Twitter posts, blogs, YouTube) sources as well as this is a

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6.  Setup & Organization

Your paper must include the following pages and Level 1 Headings:

  1. Cover Page
    1. Topic Introduction (Section 1)
    1. Topic Discussion (Section 2)
    1. Additional Research (Section 3)
    1. Reference Page

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