Wiki Proj.2: Media-violence effects fallacies?

Due March 26 (Friday)

With your wiki group, choose one of the four media-violence effects fallacies discussed in Sternheimer (2003) and investigate the arguments behind it. As a group, decide whether you agree with the arguments or not. It's possible that you agree with certain aspects of her argument but disagree with another. Then, take a stand by finding at least four pieces of evidence (text, books, research articles, individual anecdotes, blogger opinions, nonprofit organization research etc.) to support your group’s stance. If you find taking a side difficult, you can take apart Sternheimer's arguments within each fallacies and tackle them individually. Make your whether you're supporting or refuting Sternheimer's argument, you're backing up with evidence. By evidence, I mean textbook information, journal research findings, library books, and/or credible website information.

Create a wiki page to present this assignment online. Your page can certainly offer examples, i.e. links to individual’s blogs or news reports relevant to your argument but be sure to include at least two scholarly resources as supporting evidence. This means finding theoretical, research-based, or otherwise intellectually insightful contributions to the understanding your argument. Also, try to utilize the multimedia function of a web wiki by thinking out of the box when presenting your investigation. It can be presented in traditional text-based format or multi-media format (e.g. video).

Citation for this assignment needs to be in APA style as I've realized from wiki1 that without following APA, people are not crediting their sources adequately.

This assignment will be graded on familiarity with Sternheimer's (2003) arguments, utilization of theories discussed in class, use of outside sources as supporting evidence, formatting of the document, and the depth of the discussion.

  1. Familiarity with "fallacy": Make sure your group is demonstrating your understanding your choice of fallacy by summarizing what she said and by identifying the key arguments and evidence she used.
  2. Utilization of theories: As you and your group comb through the arguments Sternheimer proposed, make connections between them and the theories discussed in class. These theories and relevant research studies are described more in-depth in Spark's (2006) chapter 5. I will be looking for how well your group conceptually connects Sternheimer's criticisms with the media effects theories/studies. Here's a list of theories and concepts we went through in class:
    • Social Learning Theory: Reward, Punishment, Disinhibitory effect, Inhibitory effect
    • Cultivation Theory: Mean World Syndrome, Fear of Victimization
    • Priming: association, cognitive thoughts
    • Desensitization
    • Catharsis
  3. Use of sources: As described above, a minimum of four outside sources are required for this assignment. Of the four, two needs to be academic scholarly reference. I will be looking at the fit between your sources and your topic, the quality of your source, and how the sources are used as evidence to support your stance on the issue.
  4. Format: Based on your experience from wiki1 and looking at other group's work, you should have a pretty good sense of what makes an online document interesting and attention grabbing. I will be grading the layout of your page and also how well you're using APA style in-text citation. Similar to wiki1, use of multimedia elements on your page is always encouraged especially when they can further clarify and illustrate your ideas.
  5. Depth of discussion: By showing your group's familiarity with the fallacy and making connections with sources and theories, you will have demonstrated an in-depth discussion of the subject matter.