SOC 105 (Week 5) Individual Assignment / Online Media and Role-Playing Games *

Individual Assignment: Online Media and Role-Playing Games Read Neil Postman’s article “The Judgment of Thamus” in the text.

Write a 750- to 1050-word paper in which you briefly trace the history of online video games and role-playing games. Please submit the completed paper to the Plagiarism Checker and submit a copy of this report with the paper you post to your individual form.  In addition, you must provide a reference page at the end of your paper according to APA standards.

Address the following:

Summarize Postman’s argument and findings.

Research a specific game and describe the communities that have built up around the game.

Examine the impact of the game on its users and community of other players.

How has technology expanded and supported the online community and players?

Examine the premise of the game and the intended and unintended messages it sends to game players.

Include references from Postman’s article and at least one outside reference.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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