Media Evolution: Trajectory of the iPhone

Media Evolution: Trajectory of the iPhone

Media Evolution: Trajectory of the iPhone

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Media Evolution: The Historical Trajectory of the iPhone Assignment details:

Following our lectures and discussions in class, choose one media technology or phenomenon and research its historical trajectory. In particular, you should focus on how algorithmic technologies contributed to its evolution. In the paper, you will use theories and insights from the course and beyond to describe the processes through which the technology emerged as “new” and/or became “old.” In this paper you must (not in this specific order):

  1. 1. Pick a topic. Possible topics encompass any media technology or phenomenon, such as for example:

– a set of technologies, i.e. digital TV or social media in general    pick one

– a specific technology or service, i.e. or iPhone

– a media-based phenomenon, i.e. memes or music piracy

– an emerging technology, i.e. augmented reality, or an old one, i.e. radio.

  1. Quickly describe the medium or phenomenon you have chosen. Do not assume your readers know about it but rather provide basic background, historical and technological details, etc.
  2. 3. Address one or more research questions, such as:

– how the technology came to be seen as new – which problems or tensions characterized its adoption within a society

– mismatches between intended uses and concrete practices once adopted

– relation between this technology and older media

– how it became new again through new uses and practices

– etc.

You do not need to touch upon all the above areas but can select any one or any combination of them as long as algorithms are part of the picture.

  1. Highlight the general significance of your technology or phenomenon: does your analysis allow to say something about new (or old) media in general? Does it contradict theories we discussed in class? Is the medium part of a broader transformation of our media environment? What is its significance in social, political, or historical terms? Etc. Be creative and try to use this part to link your research with media theory or broader political and societal issues related to media.
  2. Provide a short research bibliography (3 to 6 sources) which should be mostly academic (journal articles, books, reports, etc.) but can include journalistic sources. You can use readings from the coursepack but should also conduct your own research. Reference your sources with any academic reference style as long as it is coherent and clear.

Grading criteria:

Relevant, original topic 10%

Evidence that the topic is well researched and described 30%

Relevant research question and clear argument 30%

Broad social or historical significance 20%

Writing: clear, free from errors, spell-checked and proofread 10%

TOTAL 100%

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Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.