Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
To what extent and for whom does media technology serve as a source of social power?
"In conclusion, the degree of social power wielded by media technology is dependent on many factors, the audience itself being chief amongst these. The influence it has over its' audience depends on both their social background and experience; how the audience uses the media; and of course the content of the media itself. The same program or report will have different effects on some than on others. The different types of media will also have varying degrees of effectiveness. Some individuals or groups have a greater degree of control over media technology than others. This will inevitably influence the effectiveness of media technology as a tool of social power: A man who owns an on-line journal will have much less social influence than a man who owns a television network.
It is impossible to measure the effects of media technology, but it would be fair to say that the media will at sometimes affect our actions and opinions. It would also be fair to say that some are more vulnerable to the influence of media than others.
(Frank Webster) Theories of the information society. 1995.
(Robin Roy, Nigel Cross) Technology and society. 1975
(Stanley A. Hetzler) Technological growth and social change : achieving modernization. 1969.
(Esther Dyson) Release 2.1: A design for living in the digital age. 1995
FSS 122 essay
Discuss the functions and ethics of identification and tracking computing technology embedded in everyday products.
"So in my concussion to the argument I would agree with the arguments against the tagging process, I think that the public are being miss lead into the process. The public need to know about the tagging for it to be justified, maybe if the company were to change the way they manufactured their chips, it would make them better if they had a limited life. Also if the company were to advertise their chips, letting the public now about them, as they might not be as cautious about using there products, But with respect to the shopping technology which lets you walk out of the shop with out paying and you get sent a bill to your home address, I am completely agree with this type of technology because I think it would revolutionise the way in which we shop to this date.
I agree with the process of the human electronic tagging and the ethics behind that type of technology, depending on which crime has been committed, and if it was a smaller crime then these criminals would be allowed to be moved out of the jails and put on this electronic tagging system, which would free up jail space for the bigger criminals."
Discuss the Claim That Young People Are Becoming Desentised To Violence.
"From a personal standpoint, I find it extremely disappointing that there are some who link crime and violence involving children, with the content of the material which they have seen. When I was six I saw Aliens, a violent sci-fi film which carried an 18 certificate. In retrospect, I suppose that I had become, in a sense, desensitised to a small extent towards violence as I had never seen anything like it before. But I did not feel the temptation to commit and act of violence. From a broader point of view, we live in an ever changing world where violence and aggression is accepted as the norm. Has there ever been a more apt moment to give children an indication of what really lies ahead for them?
1 Barrie Gunther, The Effects of Video Games on Children, Sheffield Academic Press, p50
Alex Stones, Intro to Media Studies, Group 4"