Unit II Annotated Bibliography
Follow the directions below for the completion of the Annotated Bibliography assignment for Unit II. If you have questions, please email your professor for assistance.
- Purpose: The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to summarize the sources that you have gathered to support your research proposal project. These summaries help you to think about the complex arguments presented in your sources.
- Description: In this assignment, you will create an annotated bibliography consisting of four sources. Each entry will consist of a reference list citation, a summary of the source’s information, and a one-sentence assessment. Each annotation should be between 150 to 200 words. If an entry is shorter than 150 words, it is likely you have not fully developed your summary, and this lack of development can severely impact your grade for this assignment.
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Unit II Annotated Bibliography Instructions Follow the directions below for the completion of the Annotated Bibliography assignment for Unit II. If you have questions, please email your professor for
1 Rise and Fa ll of the Pe rson al Ess ay in Media Student N ame Colu mbia Sou thern Unive rsity Course Name Instructor Name Date Annot ated Bibliography Form at Chec klist 1-inch m argins Double sp ac ing Times N ew Rom an (s uggeste d) Paragraphs in dentation of .5 in ch (using Tab) All sev en reference s in a lph abetica l ord er Eac h annotation is 15 0 to 200 wo rds Center the ti tle of your paper above the first refer ence. 2 Rise and Fa ll of the Pe rson al Ess ay in Media Alman za, M., Pfizer, A., & Mous islli, H. (20 16). The dre ad ris e. Journal of Journalism Studies, 7(8 9), 134 –152. https://doi.org/ 10.2597 /23 4-47 22.2016.05 First, list your refer ence in APA Style. The annotation, or sum mary of the sou rce , should b egin und er the refer ence. Indent the first line of the paragraphs in your annotations. This sour ce is an arti cle for the con side of the resea rch top ic. Alman za et al. examine blogs and in ternet s ites th at allow ed amat eur writ ers to pub lish or s elf-publ ish wh atev er sto ries they chos e. T he authors p rovide examp les of stories as t ind er for th eir stro ng po lemic on the p erso nal ess ay. Th ey also include a graph that d etails the sta rt of what they term the “dread ris e,” or the rise in popul arity of the person al ess ay; the gr aph starts in 2008 and ends in late 2016. The graph will be us ed as a visuali zation of the rise and f all of p erso nal ess ays. Alman za et al. also a rgue that the more con fession al pe rso nal ess ays d evalue the entire literary com muni ty by allowing w riters to publ ish wo rk based on sho ck v alue ins tea d of lit erary merit. Th ey provide a f ew exce rpts from con fessional essays t hat a re truly abs urd to thoro ughly prove their poin t. Th ese exce rpts will be us ed to a rgue the con part of the research p aper’s argument. Go rdon, F., & Arden, D. (201 4). The personal era of writing fiction, non fiction, and eve rything else . Indie Pr esses. Go rdon and A rden disc uss how the conf ession al, or p erson al, es say has affec ted nonfi ction, fi ction, and other genres of writin g. T hey present two fiction and non fiction examp les eac h and dis cuss the changes in f orm and diction. E xamp les of poetry and feature arti cles are also provided and examined. Gordon and A rden b elieve that the rise in person al and conf ession al ess ays affec ted the formal natu re of writing in all genres. Th ey note th at, soci etal ly, fo rmali ty has changed writing and everything else, but there is a 3 large dif ference in the writing of fiction, nonfi ction, po etry, and fea ture writing after the resu rgence of t he perso nal e ssay. Th ere was also a rise in the perso nal and sometimes irrelev ant inform ation includ ed in an attempt to get readers to engage with a parti cular publ ica tion exclusive ly. The readerships f or the publ ica tions publish ing person al ess ays went up, but all of them s aw a huge drop off in N ovember 201 6, causing a major shift in the editori al pro ce sses of ma ny publ ish ers online or oth erwise. M any onl ine publ ish ers closed. The examp les of the di fferent k ind of writing will be us ed to show the dif ferences in the writing styles. You ca n also include h ow you will use the sour ce in your paper. M a, Y., Turoi, M., Cho, J., & Idowu, A. (2015 ). A stu dy of m edia and jour nalism. Journa l- Journa l, 7(2), 13 –25. https://doi.org/ 10.559 /wjp.v5.i3.23 13 This is another neutr al s our ce that simp ly lists certain asp ec ts of jour nalism that have changed ov er tim e. The authors do cumen ted the us age of ce rtain w ords and types of writing— essays, in tervi ews, cov er sto ries, and ot hers. In their stu dy, M a et al. notic ed a spike in person al and conf ession al ess ays in jour nalism a round 2008 and a dec line 8 years later at the end of 2016. T hey sp ea k on the rea sons for this p arti cular ph enomenon and include a number of inte rviews from journ alists at two n ation al ne ws org anizations and thr ee newsp apers in Chic ago, New York, and Los A ngeles. The stu dy man aged to pr esent a b alance d s et of d ata th at sh ows both the inc rea se in the websi tes using the p erson al ess ay boom for pro fit and authentic websi tes that w ere created to combat the rise of perso nal ess ay news. This reso urce will be us ed to provi de a dif ferent p ersp ec tive on t he negative part of the argument. 4 Potter, H., And ers, D., Smith, C., H ash, M., Toppin gham, P., Jac obs on, Z., & Kim, S. (20 13). Dis conn ec tions in journ alism and the p erson al na rrative. PLoS ONE, 5 (27 ). https://doi.org/ 10.17871/ journ al.pone.10770 In an annotat ed bib liography, you do not nee d to cite paraph rased info rmatio n. It is not a best pr ac tice to include dir ec tly quoted info rmation in your annotations. This r esour ce was a collabor ation b etw ee n 37 authors th at c atal oged t he intern et’s response to n ews stori es from the major n ews out lets. The autho rs com pared this information to the respo nses garner ed by the li terar y sites accepting the occasion al n ew wo rthy submissio n. M any of the websi tes sp eciali zing in show ca sing crea tive writing genres rece ived an influx of sto ries that w ere person al ess ays but cont ained news elem ents and angles not oft en tak en by the nation al ne ws outlets. Beca use of the influx of this kind of pros e, the sit es s tarted to pub lish them; from there they gained traction and balloon ed the vi ewership of these sites. Potter et al. mention that at the height of this boom, the ac tual n ews content dwindled, and the conf ession al natu re of th em beca me altern ative for the sake of rea ders and hi ts. This r esour ce will be us ed to h ighl ight the negative impac t the confession essay wave had on news in g eneral. 5 W on g, P. S. (20 16). Love for the conf ession al na ture. Current Lit, 12 (4), 23 –27. https://doi.org/ 10.3847/co.23.2935 W ong argues t hat con fessing is pa rt of the hu man condi tion as mu ch as lying, and it is c atha rtic to w rite in su ch a mann er. She cites the restor ative effec ts of journ aling as ind ica tor of this and p rovides statist ics that show the cor relation betw een j ourn aling and improv ed mood. W ong us es th is d ata to str ess the import ance of the conf essional n ature of the more rece nt perso nal ess ays, and denoun ce s critics of it. She do es s ide with the critics on one poin t, ho wever. She agre es that th ere is a pl ac e for the conf essional or person al ess ay. W hile it is import ant to conf ess, W ong mentions that audien ces should not b ec ome stand -in pri ests; too much of the con fession al ess ays can sink a ca reer. This is wh at she s ays h appened wh en the sto ck in pe rso nal ess ays f ell. People were tired of reading pu rely person al info rmation and st arted to switch to more info rmat ion al r ea ding mat erial. Rememb er th at the pur pose of the assignment is to summa rize the sou rce you h ave gathered for your research p aper in your own wo rds, so d irectly quoted material is not requir ed. You will not ne ed to provide your opin ions or person al e xperience. Present the in form ation r elevant to your research paper to pic in 15 0-200 wo rds.