The objective of this assessment is to critically evaluate the ways that the media has affected and delivered key messages relating to a current social issue. You must answer the following question:
Is the Internet a new Public Sphere?
To do this, you need to choose a contemporary social issue and examine how it has been affected and impacted upon by the media. Make sure you use at least 2 different theories relating to media effects to account for the ways that the media has influenced the social issue.
Use this research to construct an argument about the effects of the media on social issues and whether this shows that the Internet has become a new Public Sphere.
Remember that the social issue is NOT what the essay is about, but rather provides evidence as a case study for the effects you are investigating that prove whether the Internet is a new Public Sphere or not.