This is a paper that focuses on the exploration of the construction of a social group identity using Critical Discourse Studies. The paper also provides further instructions to follow in answering the paper.
The construction of a social group identity using Critical Discourse Studies
Assignment 2 – Essay (2500 words) – Choose ONE of the following essay questions:
1) Firstly, using Critical Discourse Studies, explore the construction of a social group identity (gender, class, ethnicity, race, religion, etc.) in a media outlet of your choice (Mass Media or Social Media).
2) Secondly, using Critical Discourse Studies, explore the political campaigning of a party and/or candidate in country of your choice.
3) Thirdly, critically assess the democratic role of media (in general) in a country of your choice by considering concepts and debates around the ‘public sphere’.
4) Fourthly, advertising campaigns or political communication? Critically discuss the interconnectedness of the two and the consequences, by referring to relevant examples of your choice.
Critical Discourse Studies
5) Also, by analysing relevant examples of your choice, explore the impact of social media on political communication, participation and democracy in a specific social context.
6) Additionally, have claims regarding the democratisation of power on digital media been realised in practice? How has communicative power changed in comparison to previous models of mass media? And with what consequences? Answer this question by exploring specific examples of your choice.
7) What is the ‘neoliberal university’? Explain and evaluate the usefulness of this term with reference to scholarly debates around Higher Education in the twenty-first century.
8) Consequently, by analysing media discourses of populism/nationalism/national(ist) identity in a specific case, consider how digital/media has impacted such discourses.
9) Explore the links between Social Media design and its Techno-Discursive impact on the contemporary rise of digital discourses of right-wing populism, misogyny and Islamophobia by exploring specific examples and context.
10) Subsequently, evaluate the impact of digital media on control, power and politics by focusing on their potential to enable political action or communication. Support your argument via one or more examples.
11) Lastly, critically assess neoliberal feminist discourses by discussing relevant examples of your choice.
Is there really a ‘dark side’ of the digital and mobilisation? In what ways might this be true and how might it be said to impact on politics, democracy and also communication?