Midterm Review

Be able to define and fully explain how each of the listed concepts are addressed in the assigned readings and in our class discussions. Also be prepared to give/identify examples of each concept.

  • Discourses of new media discussed by Baym
  • Boyd & Ellison’s defining characteristics of social network sites
  • Strong, weak, and latent ties
  • Social capital + bonding, bridging, and maintained social capital
  • Media multiplexity
  • Anonymous and pseudonymous communication (+ know benefits and drawbacks)
  • Research methods used to study social media (know advantages and limitations of each)
  • Know how Donath & boyd discuss the “public display of connections” on SNSs
  • Liu’s four types of taste statements on social network profiles
  • Context collapse and tactics for responding to it found by Marwick & boyd
  • Ideal audience and nightmare readers (+ know who people usually think of as their ideal audience and nightmare readers)
  • Relationship between social media profiles and consumerism
  • Social cues in/around social media messages (+ know sources of social cues)
  • Qualities/defining characteristics of communities
  • Bi-directional and uni-directional ties
  • Synchronous and asynchronous communication
  • Disembedding and disembodiment
  • Baym’s seven key terms for talking about social communication technologies
  • Searchability and persistence of messages within social media platforms
  • Unnuanced and uncontextualized connections on social network sites
  • “Public display of connections” as “implicit verification of identity”


Extra credit opportunity (maximum 5 points)

There are two ways to get extra credit during preparation for the exam:

1) Answer your classmates’ study questions via Twitter. The initial question and your answer must be hashtagged #csmt2012. If your answer is correct and posted in a timely manner (up to my discretion) you will receive one point extra credit toward your exam score.

2) Make a meme image based on the exam material, that conveys a course concept in a correct and entertaining way. You can use MemeGenerator to make your meme. Here are some examples: http://memegenerator.net/instance/27600178 and http://memegenerator.net/instance/27599130. Once you’ve generated your meme, email a link to me. If I think it accurately and helpfully explains a concept (again, up to my discretion) I’ll repost it to the class blog and give you one point extra credit toward your exam score.

If you have questions about the exam, feel free to ask in the comments here.


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