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Reading Analytically

10.4.2 Digital Media Summary

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For this exercise, you will study a social media feed of your choice. You can use your own or someone else’s Facebook feed, Twitter feed or Instagram feed. Because these feeds are tailored to their respective user’s interests, they are all unique and represent something about the user.

After closely reviewing at least ten posts, respond to the following questions in a brief essay:

  • What is the primary media etc.)?
  • What recurring ideas, themes, topics, or preoccupations do you see in this collection? Provide examples.
  • Do you see posts that deviate from these common themes?
  • What do the recurring topics in the feed indicate about its user? Why?
  • Bonus: What ads do you see popping up? How do you think these have been geared toward the user?


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Expression and Inquiry by Christopher Manning; Sally Pierce; and Melissa Lucken is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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