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Wk 4 – Summative Assessment: Contemporary Media Forms

Wk 4 – Summative Assessment: Contemporary Media Forms


Some forms of media are so ingrained in our daily lives that it’s hard to imagine a time when they did not exist. However, even the most popular and useful forms of media had to develop over time. In this assignment, you will select a form of modern media and trace how it became a staple of American society.

Select 1 of the following media to use for this assignment:

  • Online video streaming service
  • Social media network
  • Video game and gaming technology

Research your selected media, and consider the following:

  • Evaluate how the media developed over time, and explain its evolution in the United States.
  • Identify the challenges and milestones related to its development and how the selected media became part of contemporary American society.

Create a horizontal or vertical timeline using a timeline template in Microsoft® Word, Canva®, or a program of your choice.

Include the following information in your timeline:

  • List at least 6 major events in chronological order that are part of the evolution of your selected media. These major events could include important milestones, technological advancements, and challenges related to the development of your media.
  • Provide a 2- to 4-sentence description of each chosen event.
  • Provide the dates associated with the chosen events and the event’s impact on the media and American culture.

Cite at least 2 sources to support your assignment.

Format your citations according to APA guidelines.