Students will present a theoretically informed argument that responds to, and bu

Students will present a theoretically informed argument that responds to, and builds on, ideas sourced from course material and independent research. You should define the issue you have chosen to study, the concept(s) you use to critically assess the issue and show how this issue plays out in real life examples (e.g. media texts, practices, technologies).
Such a critical engagement is notably different from an approach that simply seeks to summarize a topic. Students should note that they are being assessed on the quality of their engagement with the issues highlighted by the essay question, and the quality of the argument they develop in response.
Your essay MUST clearly identify the Essay Question (i.e. copy and paste the question number and entire question) at the beginning of the essay.
Scholarly Research requirement
You will be expected to show evidence of scholarly research by referencing appropriate readings from the Reader and at least eight (8) external academic sources, such as books and journal articles. As usual, lecture slides should not be cited.
Essay topics
Digital technologies have rendered new forms and practices of surveillance that have become integrated into our daily lives. What are the chief social or political concerns that are beginning to be raised in response to the platform model of data surveillance, and how might these be addressed?
The final assignment provides students with an opportunity to reflect on key themes and ideas that have been addressed in particular weeks, and across the subject as a whole, regarding the social role(s) performed by media institutions, technologies, texts, practices and audiences, and to offer a theoretically-informed response and/or argument using concepts and ideas sourced from course material and independent research. Where appropriate, you should illustrate your points and claims with examples (e.g. media texts, practices, technologies). Your essay should aim to develop a critical stance or position on the topic or question, supported by scholarly evidence. Such a critical engagement is notably different from an approach that simply seeks to summarise a given topic area, and students should note that they are being assessed on the quality of their engagement with the issue or issues at stake, as highlighted by the essay question, and the quality of the argument they develop in response.
Required reading(s):
Zuboff, S 2018, ‘August 9, 2011: Setting the stage for surveillance capitalism’, in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, pp. 27–62.
Andrejevic, M 2019, ‘Automating surveillance’, Surveillance and Society, vol. 17, no. 1–2, pp. 7–13.