Book analysis

This assignment counts as your midterm exam. In it, you will be required to read and analyze a book on some aspect of social media. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that you are able to apply the concepts learned in the course to critically evaluate a book on some aspect of social media.

You may choose one of the titles listed on the book list, or another (subject to my approval). Please comment on this page no later than September 28 to let me know which book you have selected.

In your review, you should write concisely while still giving the reader a comprehensive overview of the book’s contents, where it fits into the social media landscape, and your substantiated evaluation. Do not summarize the content, but critically analyze how well the author(s) presented their arguments, how convincing you found them, and whether the book contributes to our understanding of social media in some fashion.

You should cite readings from the class in your arguments, and use concepts from all four cornerstone topics (privacy, economics and ownership, law and ethics, and culture) in making your assessment.

A strong book analysis will:

  • briefly identify the author(s) and their authority on the subject (e.g., as journalists, social media consultants, academics, etc.), situating them in the social media landscape;
  • briefly discuss the book’s main points (for edited collections, provide an overview of what you deem the most significant chapters);
  • include discussion of how (and whether) the book addresses cornerstone issues of privacy, law and ethics, culture, and economics and ownership;
  • evaluate the book’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • explain how this book changes the way the reader should think about the specific topic, and social media in general;
  • be written clearly and concisely, using proper grammar and syntax, correct style formatting, and clear organization to help the reader follow your argument.

While still meeting the length limitations, make sure to refer to specific portions of the book, as well as cite sources from class readings. The best way to do this is to limit direct quotations and keep them as short as possible when you do use them.

The body of the paper should be between 2 and 4 pages, double spaced. Do not include a cover page or abstract, but be sure to include a bibliography (formatted according to your chosen style). Submit the paper electronically via Blackboard by the deadline indicated on the syllabus. All standard late penalties apply.

The book analysis is worth 10% of your total grade for the class.

Advertisements

32 responses to “Book analysis

  1. this is the book I have chosen to analyze: http://amzn.to/d1PBQH

    It’s called Wired Youth: The Social World of Adolescence in the Information Age

  2. I picked Twitterville by Shel Israel.

  3. I chose “The Future of Reputation” by Daniel Solove.

  4. The Future of Reputation by Daniel Solove

  5. Marrisa Ramirez-Ramos

    I’ll be reading Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods, by Shel Israel (Portfolio, 2009).

  6. I’ll be reading: Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies, by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff (Harvard Business School Press, 2008)

  7. The Future of Reputation

  8. I Live in the Future & Here’s How it Works: Why Your World, Work and Brain are Being Creatively disrupted, by Nick Bilton

  9. I will do “Marketing In The Age of Google”.

    Thanks for the tweet

  10. I have chosen:
    The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World, by David Kirkpatrick (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

  11. I would like to do The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected are Redefining Community!

  12. I would like to do The Next Generation Gap: The Rise of the Digitals and the Ruin of Postmodernism.

  13. I picked:
    SocialCorp – Social Media Goes Corporate.
    By Joel Postman
    2009

  14. Michael Montgomery

    I choose to do “Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder” (Vanessa 2010)

  15. I’d like to read Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  16. I will read The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

  17. I have chosen:

    Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust,

  18. I would like to do: The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, by Hal Niedzviecki (City Lights Books, 2009)

  19. I’ll be doing mine on “Groundswell”

  20. I will be reading:
    The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, by Hal Niedzviecki (City Lights Books, 2009)

  21. I plan to read A Networked Self by Papacharissi.

  22. The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, by Hal Niedzviecki (City Lights Books, 2009).

  23. I will be reading:
    The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future, by S. Craig Watkins (Beacon Press, 2009)

  24. I will do The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, by Daniel J. Solove (Yale University Press, 2008)

  25. I will review the book: The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, by Daniel J. Solove. (I think I posted this in the wrong spot.)

  26. I will do analysis onThe Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

  27. I will be reading Twitterville.

  28. My book is called: The Power of Social Networking by: Tara Hunt (2009)

  29. I think I commented on the wrong page (I wrote it on the book list page). However, I had chosen “The Facebook Effect” book.

  30. When is this project due?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s