- To synthesize key themes from your weekly interviews (especially around alienation)
- To plan a digital channel that reflects your understanding of the political economy of digital media.
- To outline the structure and content of your channel, demonstrating how it will engage with course materials and interview insights.
Part I: Interview Synthesis (300 words)
Analyze the interviews you have conducted to date and synthesize the key themes that have emerged. How do these themes relate to the concept of alienation in the context of digital media? This synthesis will guide the direction of your digital channel.
Part II: Channel Planning (600 words)
- Channel Concept: Choose the type of channel (podcast, TikTok, Reels, YouTube) you wish to create. Provide examples of how your channel could tackle topics from the syllabus. For instance:
- A podcast series introducing the basics of political economy.
- TikTok mini-series interpreting Marx’s theory of alienation using student interviews.
- A YouTube channel discussing the decline of Web 2.0 in light of your peer interviews.
- Content Strategy: Describe the content you plan to create. How will it engage with the themes discovered in your interviews and readings from the syllabus weeks? For example, a series of Reels focusing on the creative economy and AI's impact on digital media, or an investigative TikTok channel on misinformation and disinformation.
Part III: Theoretical Engagement (300 words)
Identify the theories and scholars you will turn to help understand the themes you’re hearing in your interviews. Choose three of the in-class readings we’ve covered so far and describe how you plan to use them in your channel. This page should have three paragraphs, each covering a different author or text. I encourage you to make Capital one of those texts as it’s a primary focus of our discussion.
Grading Rubric for Midterm
- Interview Synthesis (33%): Clarity of synthesis, relevance to the theme of alienation, and connection to course readings.
- Channel Planning (33%): Creativity, feasibility of plan, integration of course materials and interviews.
- Theoretical Engagement (33%): Insight into potential challenges, quality of proposed solutions.