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This paper will be on our current topic of media and society. You must write a 3 and a half page paper answering the question: Overall, is new media beneficial or detrimental to society? You should think of this in terms of benefits/detriments in communication and intelligence. You must choose one side or the other and use at least two of the following sources: "Mind Over Mass Media" by Steven Pinker, "Does the Internet Make You Dumber?" by Nicholas Carr, "Why Twitter Will Endure" by David Carr ", "Connectivity and Its Discontents" by Sherry Turkle, "So Much Media, So Little News" by Peter Funt, and Reality is Broken" by Jane McGonigal. The paper should be at least five paragraphs long in which you introduce the essay and state your thesis in the introductory paragraph, present at least three examples from the text that support your thesis in at least three body paragraphs, and give a "so what?" on why the topic matters in the concluding paragraph. It must be double-spaced, 3-5 pages, use 12 pt. Calibri, Times New Roman, or Arial font, and follow MLA citation formatting.
You should start your paper with a hook to grab your reader's attention. (Remember, a hook is often a rhetorical question or a thoughtful, relevant quote.) After, you must also introduce both articles you have chosen by stating its title and author. Lastly, state your thesis to end your introductory paragraph. Your thesis should specifically answer the assignment question listed above.
Each body/supporting paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. Each paragraph must also have a specific example from your sources, whether it is a direct quote or a paraphrase. Lastly, after quoting directly from the text you must explain the quote to the reader in your own words. A body paragraph cannot end with a quote. Again, you should have at least THREE body paragraphs and at least one direct quote in the paper. Do not use the pronoun "I" in these paragraphs.
Your conclusion must begin with you restating your thesis. You may also briefly summarize the main points of your essay. Lastly, you must give a "so what?" A "so what?" is a short explanation (2-5 sentences) in which you explain to the reader why the topic of your paper is important. This is often done by relating the topic to the reader's life, a current event, or a real world example.
This paper will be on our current topic of media and society. You must write a 3 and a half page paper answering the question: Overall, is new media beneficial or detrimental to society? You should think of this in terms of benefits/detriments in communication and intelligence.