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Title:Facebook: Censorship in Social Media and the Affects on College Freshman
Author(s):Braet, Alexandra; Kelley, Claire; Liu, Yunyi; Xie, Zhongyuan
Subject(s):College Freshman
Social Media
International Students
Chinese Government
Abstract:Our basic main objective of this essay is: Based on the reliance on social media by students, our research and the research of others has brought us to the conclusion that college students would find ways around censorship laws. What we address in our paper: Students use of social media and why it is important to their daily lives. How censorship could come into play in the United States. How Chinese students find a way around censorship laws. What would drive students to go against government legislation to continue using a social media website. Who we interviewed: An international Chinese student who has lived in China his entire life and grew up with censorship being put into strict practice by the government. A student who grew up in Taiwan, a free country, and moved to China for a few years and was suddenly put in a place with censorship implemented by the government. A student who has lived in the United States for her entire life and has never experienced censorship. Our Main Conclusion: Social media, such as Facebook, has such a big impact on the lives of students, they won't give up easily in finding a way around censorship legislation if put in place by the United States government. Like the Chinese, Americans will find a way around the laws. Secondly, we came to the conclusion that no matter what, censorship is an issue that is not going away.
Issue Date:2012
Course / Semester:RHET 105, Spring 2012
Instructor, Cody Caudill
Rhetoric 105/Principles of Composition introduces students to the practices of research-based writing for academic audiences, such as formulating a researchable question, locating sources, constructing an argument, drafting, revising, and editing. This course uses writing, reading, observing, and critical thinking to develop scholarly curiosity. To do this, instructors focus on: deepening research skills, developing students’ abilities to read and respond to difficult texts, and, most importantly, helping students through the writing process in a social, collaborative, revision-focused environment. This particular section of Rhetoric 105 was focused around the theme of “Exploring Student Communities at the University of Illinois.” The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experiences as students and consider how various student communities shape our campus culture and identities as students. Over the course of the semester students formulated research questions about a particular campus community and answered them by doing semester-long ethnographic research (observations, interviews, archive analysis, and surveys), including a short video presentation. The kinds of writing studies and conducted were formulated around reflections on these communities.
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-25

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