2016 Texas July 7th shooting protest/Project 2: Social Media Case Study

Description
My paper is a research paper that
study how social media both produces and responds to rhetorical situations. Put another way, we might ask, how does social media provoke acts of persuasion and respond to acts of persuasion? To answer these questions, you?ll need to
1) identify a specific rhetorical situation that is recent or ongoing
2) select relevant examples of social media that both created and responded to the situation
3) do background research on the situation to better understand the social, historical, and cultural context
4) analyze the rhetorical strategies used in representative pieces of social media that provoked and responded to the situation
5) theorize about what made these pieces of social media persuasive
6) broaden your understanding by seeking support for your analyses from relevant, authoritative sources.
Project 2: Social Media Case Study
One premise of this class is that social media can persuade not only individuals butalso larger sectors of the public. In this unit, we?ll be exploring the ways in which social media can create a rhetorical situation, a moment of urgency that calls for a rhetorical response.

The purpose of Project 2is to study how social media both produces and responds to rhetorical situations. Put another way, we might ask, how does social media provoke acts of persuasion and respond to acts of persuasion? To answer these questions, you?ll need to
1) identify a specific rhetorical situation that is recent or ongoing
2) select relevant examples of social media that both created and responded to the situation
3) do background research on the situation to better understand the social, historical, and cultural context
4) analyze the rhetorical strategies used in representative pieces of social media that provoked and responded to the situation
5) theorize about what made these pieces of social media persuasive
6) broaden your understanding by seeking support for your analyses from relevant, authoritative sources.

Your research findings will be reported in a formal ?white paper? as well as an infographic that presents your conclusions visually. We?ll talk more about these genres later in the unit.

The purpose of Project 2 is to study how social media both produces and responds to rhetorical situations by analyzing a specific case of social media action. To better understand the rhetorical effects of social media, you?ll need to
1) identify a specific rhetorical situation that is recent or ongoing
2) select relevant examples of social media that both create and respond to the situation
3) do background research to better understand the social, historical, and cultural context of the situation
4) identify and analyze the rhetorical strategies used in representative pieces of social media that provoked and responded to the situation
5) theorize about what made these pieces of social media persuasive
6) broaden your understanding by finding support for your analyses from relevant, authoritative sources.

Plan to write up the results of your study as a formal report of about 1500 words. Use the Social Media Case Study Worksheet (available on the course website) to help you organize your research. Your report should include the following sections:

Introduction: Describe the current rhetorical situation, including the exigency that is provoking rhetorical discourse. (See the Rhetorical Situation Components Chart to help you describe the rhetorical situation that social media participates in.) Use reliable sources to establish the facts. Identify the key pieces of social media you?ll analyze, the creator of the social media (if known), the intended audience, the actual audience, the networks in which the social media circulated, and the time frame.

Background: Provide any relevant information on the history of the situation, the background of the rhetor(s) and/or the intended audience/community, the affordances of the social media genre(s), etc. What do we need to understand about the situation before we can understand your analysis of the social media discourse?

Analysis of the Case: This section should be should be the largest and most detailed part of your report. The goal of this section is to explain how social media persuaded in this case based on a detailed analysis of the case?a breaking down of the case into its parts. (We?ll use a detective-board activity to help you do this.) In this section, you?ll answer the questions: What social media genre is being used? What makes this genre persuasive? What rhetorical strategies are being used? Ethos? Pathos? Logos? Appeals to values (i.e. identification)?How has the text been circulated? How does this means of circulation contribute to the persuasive effect of the text?What responses has the text provoked? How does the location of this text in a social media network complicate the rhetorical situation?

Conclusion:What do you want readers to learn from your analysis of how this social media produced and responded to a rhetorical situation? How well did this social media achieve its intended effect? How do we know when social media is successful? What can others learn about how to use social media successfully?

From the Tips for Writing handout:
Analysis of the Case: This section should be should be the largest and most detailed part of your report. Here you will explain how social media persuaded in this case based on a detailed analysis of the case?a breaking down of the case into its parts. In this section, you?ll answer the questions: What social media genre is being used? What makes this genre persuasive? What rhetorical strategies are being used? Ethos? Pathos? Logos? Appeals to values (i.e. identification)? How has the text been circulated? How does this means of circulation contribute to the persuasive effect of the text? What responses has the text provoked? How does the location of this text in a social media network complicate the rhetorical situation?

What kinds of claims can we make when we analyze social media rhetorically?
? Claims about what precipitated social media (an event, action, or other social media)
? Claims about who created the social media and the effect of the rhetor on the message
? Claims about the intended audience [how do you know? Original site of publication; subsequent sites of publication]
? Claims about the intended message/effect
? Claims about the rhetorical strategies used in a specific piece of social media (words, images, multimedia)
? Claims about similar rhetorical strategies
? Claims about differing rhetorical strategies
? Claims about how social media circulated (speed, re-posts, contexts)
? Claims about how social media in this case changed over time
? Claims about the effects of the message (intended message, changed message?)

The source can be website, blog, video, social media such as Facebook and twitter. Don’t write bibliography page, hyper link the source to the words or a sentence. (If there are questions about this, just give me a message)