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Directions for Final Essay Your paper should be at least five pages long. It should also include a Reference page and a title page, and be written using APA format. You should utilize at least four academic/peer-reviewed sources. While your essay may be written in the first-person voice, still work to maintain a professional tone. Please follow the other basic APA collegiate writing guidelines discussed in the Using Sources lesson, including using double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins. Your final paper should be a critical analysis of a specific topic, genre, theme or issue present on television content. Your critical analysis should in some way speak to cultural diversity in the United States. You should not write about How I Met Your Mother, a reality TV show, or any TV show and topic we examined extensively during our weekly discussions. In other words, if you want to write about Master of None, your final essay will have to focus on a topic different from the one we covered during the Ethnicity and Immigration week of discussion. Email me to ask if you’re wondering whether a topic-show combination you’re considering is too similar to one we already covered this semester. A successful paper will synthesize specific examples from the TV content you’re analyzing, concepts from class, academic resources, and personal reflections to present a persuasive case for whatever critical point you are trying to make about TV and American culture. Accordingly, this paper should not be a mere informative report; it should act as a critical inquiry with a particular point of view to prove —like all of the academic articles we read this semester. Even with those parameters, the possibilities for this assignment are endless. Here are some example topics to give you an idea of what topics you might curate: ? Inconsistencies in the socioeconomic status of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. ? The cultural impacts of new technology in TV (streaming, podcasting, vlogging, fan websites, Twitter, etc.). ? Mockumentaries: why The Office and others can act as candid social critics. ? From Will and Grace to Glee to Modern Family: Positive changes in the TV representations of gay and lesbian characters in the last 15 years. ? Sports commentary: how football announcers frame individual player narratives. ? Oprah, Ellen, and Martha: How daytime television represents women