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Part I: Popular Culture and Media Consumption Journal You will begin by recordin
Part I: Popular Culture and Media Consumption Journal You will begin by recording a log for the journal that notes the times and types of popular culture and media consumption you experience for the day you select. You will also note the content and your reflections to popular culture and media. The following is a partial example to use as a guide for the format and ideas for what to address in your journal: Day Selected: XX/XX/XXXX 12:00-8:00am: Sleep/no media exposure 8:00am-9:00am: I listened to the radio while getting dressed and having coffee. The morning talk show, called “talk show x,” was featuring a question of the day regarding what it takes to build confidence. The answers were interesting and included a woman in her 50s who wears her skinny jeans and 4-inch stilettos to feel good about herself. Interestingly enough, the doctor has told her to stop wearing them because they are damaging her feet. The caller will keep wearing them anyway because she feels that’s all she has to feel confident and good about herself. The DJ actually applauded her for continuing to maintain her confidence by dressing this way, despite the health issues. 9:00-9:20am: I listened to music while I drive to the office. Tired of the question of the day, I listened to old R&B while I drove to work. Today’s selection was New Edition. I find myself listening more and more to music that was popular when I was in middle school, high school, and during my undergraduate years. Most of that is now featured on oldies stations. This is probably a strong sign that I’m aging out of what’s considered “popular” these days. Part II: Popular Culture and Media Consumption Reflection Paper After completing your journal for this day, write a 4-6 page reflective analysis about how, why and when you consume the popular media that you do. How much of this is by choice (such as selecting the television shows you watch)? How much of this is imposed on you (such as billboard advertisements)? What type of messages are you exposed to regularly? Think about and assess your “media literacy.” Use concepts from both interpretive and critical approach theories. you need to find at least two related peer- reviewed, scholarly book chapters and/or journal articles to use in your analysis. You could opt to find sources on music since we haven’t content on that or you could find sources that add more breadth and/or depth to a module we’ve already covered. You must utilize and cite a minimum of six sources for this paper. (For instance, you can use the class textbook, three readings posted in Canvas, and two scholarly sources you find on your own.) Format your paper and references page according to APA guidelines. Use Times New Roman 12-point font with 1- inch margins. Please double space your paper. (You can single or double space the journal.) Do not forget internal citations. Organize your paper thematically and use headings to demarcate those themes in your paper. Make sure to use class concepts and content from Modules 1, 2, & 3 in your reflection paper. You are required to use concepts from each module to apply to your experiences noted in your journal. A sample heading might be: Ideology in Popular Film. In this section, you could draw from the readings covered in each module to critically address this issue. Remember to address your own “media literacy” as you write. For instance, how do movies function in your life? Do you dismiss them after you watch them? Or do you find yourself integrating messages from movies into parts of your life? If so, how? What does your taste in movies reflect about you? How does this connect to the readings we’ve read in the class? You should have 2-4 thematic headings depending on how you choose to analyze your journal. Please note you do not have to use content from the required modules in all your themes. For instance, one theme may connect to movies and another may connect to a commercial/advertisement. Remember to include an introduction and a conclusion. The introduction should provide a preview of your paper (e.g. through a strong thesis statement) and a conclusion that summarizes what you have learned about yourself as you’ve completed this assignment. Please note that themes will connect to and provide critical analysis of your experiences in your journal, but you do not have to cover every instance of popular culture and media you address in your journal (select the most salient ones you’d like to write about for your paper).

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