On his paper, we must identify and critique a current mass communication or media issue you consider substantial and worthy of research. Examples include the role motion pictures play in promoting or demeaning American family relationships; the role of advertising in promoting or preventing obesity; the role of Internet file-sharing in promoting free expression of ideas; or encouraging piracy of intellectual property, and so forth.

Next, you must explain the nature and history of the controversy and identify the major conflicting points of view in the discussion.

Then, you must analyze related controversies and critique the relevant arguments from the following social science perspectives:

Social Learning Theory
Individual Differences Theory
Cultivation Theory
Agenda-Setting Theory
Uses and Gratification Theory

Choose one social sciences or cultural studies perspectives or theories to critique a political, social, orcultural issue in contemporary mass communication. Explain the theory and justify its selection to analyze the issue or controversy. Explain, with specific examples, and analyze this issue or controversy as it relates to the following medium:


Finally, you must submit your research findings and conclusions about the controversy in an analytical paper of 1600- words. Explain and support your team’s point of view, and recommend next steps to be taken with regards to future research on this topic. Conclude the paper by answering the following question:

How do you anticipate the analysis of this issue or controversy will be different 1 month, 1 year, and 10 years from now?

Include citations to support your research from three different peer-reviewed outside sources per team member. Format your citations consistent with APA format.

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