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MCST4010, Global Media Project Dr. Westgate
Choose one of the following options:
Option 1: Global Media Project: Provide detailed information about media in any country outside of the United States. Discuss the historical development of media in that country, the contemporary media landscape, the structure of a media industry, an example of content, or media usage. Possible media include print, news, television, film, music, gaming, advertising, sports, etc. Choose only one form of media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
Option 2: Comparative Global Media Project: Compare a media industry (e.g. Hollywood and Bollywood), a media text (e.g. The Light Between Oceans in Spanish and English), or a media audience (e.g. U.S. television viewers and Dutch television viewers). Discuss the industry, text, or audience in a comparative way, highlighting the ways in which it has been portrayed in at least two countries. Choose only one form of media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
Option 3: Comparative Global Media Levels Project: Compare a media industry, text, or audience within or between various levels; for example, research local U.S. radio and local French radio, local Iranian film and transnational Iranian film, or regional Turkish and global Finnish news. What are some of the similarities and differences that you observe within or between geo-cultural, geo-linguistic or geopolitical levels? Discuss your analysis with reference to theories about local, regional, national, transnational, or global media. Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
Option 4: Global Media Issue Project: Choose a major issue such as poverty, climate change, terrorism, inequality (racial/ethnic/gender/sexual/political/religious/socioeconomic, etc.) and discuss the issue in a particular geographic context (e.g. the U.S. and the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, the Caribbean, etc.). How have global media affected and reflected this issue through a particular lens? What is the relationship between this issue and global media? Comment critically on what you observe: what are the implications of your research, and what do you think about what you learned?
Option 5: Globalization in Providence Project (Participant Observation/Interviews): Describe a globalization process in Providence. Pick two different research sites from which to participate, observe, and interview. A research site could include a neighborhood (e.g. Olneyville), a street corner, a restaurant, a bookstore, a public building, a public performance, etc. Your dorm room or apartment does not count. You are looking for intersections of the global, the national, the regional, and the local. Think about how global processes manifest in local forms in Providence. Identify, describe, and analyze at least three examples (at least one example from each of your two research sites) of globalization in action. Think about differences in religion, similarities in audience activity or passivity, customs or traditions, and any of the other theories that we discussed this term. Spend at least two hours at each site making observations or talking with people. Take copious notes and attach them to the project. Comment on what you observe: what are the implications of your research?
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