(Privacy/Context Collapse) Why do scholars consider the idea of privacy important in our digital lives? What do they mean by this term? What concepts do they use to explain this idea? Consider social media platforms and discuss the intersection of privacy and self-presentation via the lens of context collapse. In what ways do context norms motivate or influence the nature and extent of personal information disseminated online? What are the implications and the resulting significance on our digital selves? Use scholarly research to substantiate your claim(s).
Starter bibliography: use these 3 sources+ 3 outside sources (scholarly, journalistic, or media references)
Nissenbaum, H. (2004). Privacy as contextual integrity. Washington Law Review, 79(1), 119139.
boyd, d. (2014). It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens. Yale University Press.
Marwick, A. E. (2012). The Public Domain: Social Surveillance in Everyday Life. Surveillance & Society, 9(4), 378393.
Five Page Essay Checklist
An APA style cover page
12 pt font Times New Roman font
1250 – 1750 Words
References to at least 3 scholarly sources
APA in-text citations
In-text citations with page numbers for paginated sources
An APA style reference list
On the last page of the assignment
On a separate page from the last sentence of the essay
What comes after the thesis?
Your body paragraphs can range from a scholarly article used to support your statement to a close reading of a digital platform or media object. Your choice of examples will be largely informed by the focus of your argument. To support the previous slides thesis statement, one may consider drawing upon scholarly articles that discuss social activism in relation to twitter/facebook. You may draw upon two thinkers and compare/contrast their views on a subject. One may also consider drawing upon a specific example of online activism, applying the scholarly concepts from the readings to unpack and argue the effects of twitter/facebook on your example. It is often wiser to set up the conceptual frameworks (ex. Surveillance contextual integrity) you will be discussing before you discuss a specific example. In doing so, you provide yourself and the reader with the necessary tools to properly address and unpack your interest in an example.
Avoid rigid formulas for structuring your essay.
Let your research and interests guide you.
With that in mind, here are some broad recommendations to consider: You should start with an introduction that summarizes the issue you are analyzing, specifies your interest in the topic and puts forth a thesis statement. (200-350 words)
The structure of your body paragraphs will be largely dictated by your topic, research and examples. After introducing your thesis, it may be helpful to set up any conceptual frameworks that are necessary to discuss your topic before unpacking specific examples.
Divide the body of your essay into a paragraph structure with clear topic sentences that outline the specific interest and argument of each section. (800-1000 words)Your conclusion should reiterate your thesis .
Avoid just copying and pasting your thesis from your introduction. Instead, consider how you could nuance your thesis now that the reader is aware of how you constructed your argument.
You may consider ending by drawing out the larger implications of your research or further questions that your analysis may raise or point towards. (200-300 words)