Extra Credit Book Report
Summary: What is the book about and how does it relate to the study of mass media? Explain specifically how it relates to information in the textbook (using at least one of the following chapters in the textbook) and concepts discussion in class.
• Chapter 2 – Impact, social science theories
• Media Chapters 3-11 – Specific references, e.g. history, people, controversies etc.
• Chapters 12-13 – Advertising, public relations
• Chapters 14-15 – Media law, media ethics
Comments: What is your opinion about the book’s/author’s thesis or point of view? Do you agree? How does the book relate to your own experience?
If you have book suggestion that is not on the list but you think is applicable, run it by instructor for approval.
The Circle (Dave Eggers) – Chronicles a tech worker as she joins a powerful Internet company (very Google-like) which starts out as an incredibly rewarding experience, but as she works there longer things start to fall apart. Key issues: internet dependence, invasion of privacy, technology, media law
The Shallows (Nicholas Carr)– Studies of impact of internet on the brain, as well as individuals and society. Key issues: is the Internet making us “dumber”? Are we better off now than before the access to all the information?
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (Ryan Holiday) – Written by a professional “media manipulator” whose job is to control blogs (as much as any one person can) to set the news cycle and agenda. Key issues: distortion of news, “fake” news, setting the media agenda, abuse of blogs and other social media, power of PR manipulators