This is a 1000 word writing assignment. Please format your assignment using Times New Roman 12pt font, double spaced. For this assignment, youre going to compare and contrast how social media companies manipulate and monetize users compared to how main stream media manipulates and monetizes users. Your paper will have three main headings, all bold, underlined and justified left in your paper with a colon (:) at the end of the heading. The three headings will be: Social Media, Mainstream Media, Summary.
Social Media: Here you will provide specific examples of how social media companies manipulate users for the sole purpose of monetizing you (making money off of you). I STRONGLY suggest watching the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. You can talk about algorithms, notifications, the like buttonand feel free to make particular use of any sociology or psychology concepts social media companies use to monetize and manipulate users. If you dont pay for the productyou ARE the product. You are the thing being sold to advertisers. If youre not on social mediatheyre not making money off of you so what do they do to manipulate you to get you back on to their product? Please cite specific examples. This should be roughly 400 words of your assignment.
Mainstream Media: Same thingonly how does ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the NY Times and the rest of mainstream media employ some of the same techniques to make money off of you? How does mainstream media draw you in to their product? How do they get you to click on headlines? What do they do to get you to talk about the news? Is news biasedin one direction or both directions? Please cite specific examples. This should be roughly 400 words of your assignment.
Summary: For this last section, compare and contrast the techniques both types of media use to monetize you and answer the question: Is the news there to educate you or does news serve a different purpose? This should be roughly 200 words.