Final Project – Comparative Book Analysis
This is a conceptual paper based on theoretical frameworks, research and popular readings examined in class. The paper will be severely penalized if you do not apply and cite lectures and materials used in this class (cite appropriately in the paper). The analysis will involve the comparison of at least two books and demonstrate a critical awareness of how social mediated technologies affect individuals, organizations, and society.

The length should 8-12 double-spaced pages due the day of the final. Give your paper an attractive title page with a substantive title and a 100-word or less abstract (summary of the paper). Cite appropriately all work you reference in your paper. Make sure your references and your reference section follow a consistent style. APA style (6th ed.) is the most used style in the field of communication. It is expected that use follow APA style. A short summary of basic style elements (based on the 5th edition) can be found at
This project is based on Dr. Dawn Gilpin's final project. Papers not submitted on time will result in a 0.

Book List
This list should be considered simply a starting point for suggestions: you are free to propose another book to analyze.
  • It's complicated: The social lives of networked teens, by danah boyd (2014)
  • Age of context: Mobile, sensors, data and the future of privacy, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel (2013)
  • To save everything, click here: The folly of technological solution, by Evgeny Morozov (2013)
  • The new digital age: Reshaping the future of people, nations and business, by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (2013)
  • Rewire: Digital cosmopolitans in the age of connection, by Ethan Zuckerman (2013)
  • Social media and personal relationships: Online intimacies and networked friendship, by Deborah Chambers (2013) 
  • Social networking and impression management: Self-presentation in the digital age, by Carolyn Cunningham (2013)
  • Social networks and popular understanding of science and health. Sharing disparities, by Brian Southwell (2013) 
  • Networked. The new social operating system, By Lee Raine and Barry Wellman (2012)
  • Makers. The new industrial revolution, by Chris Anderson (2012)
  • Millennials, news, and social media: Is news engagement a thing of the past? by Paula M. Poindexter (2012)
  • Data, A love story, by Amy Webb (2012) 
  • The reputation society: How online opinions are reshaping the offline world, by Hassan Masum, Mark Trovey, and Craig Newmark (2011)
  • You are not a gadget: A manifesto, by Jaron Lanier (2011)
  • Thinking fast and slow, by Daniel Kahneman (2011) 
  • Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler (2011)
  • Digital divide: Arguments for and against Facebook, Google, texting, and the age of social networking, by Mark Buaerline (2011)
  • Digitally enabled social change: Activism in the internet age, by Jennifer Earl & Katrina Kimport (2011) 
  • A networked self: Identity, community, and culture on social network sites, edited by Zizi Papacharissi (2010). 
  • The Facebook effect: The inside story of the company that Is connecting the world, by David Kirkpatrick (2010) 
  • A private sphere: Democracy in a digital age, by Zizi Papacharissi (2010). 
  • The shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains, by Nicholas Carr (2010)
  • Personal connections in the digital age, by Nancy Baym (2010) 
  • Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected Age, by Clay Shirky (2010) 
  • Marketing in the age of Google, by Vanessa Fox (2010)
  • Global terrorism and new media: The post-Al Qaeda generation, by Philip Seib and Dana M. Janbek (2010)
  • The young and the digital: What the migration to social network sites, games, and anytime, anywhere media means for our future, by S. Craig Watkins (2009) 
  • Say everything: How blogging began, what it’s becoming, and what it matters, by Scott Rosenberg (2009) 
  • The peep diaries: How we’re learning to love watching ourselves and our neighbors, by Hal Niedzviecki (2009) 
  • The next generation gap: The rise of the digitals and the ruin of postmodernism, by Kem Luther (2009)
  • Privacy in context: Technology, policy, and the integrity of social life, by Helen Nissenbaum (2009)
  • iMuslims: Rewiring the house of Islam, by Gary R. Bunt (2009)
  • Total recall: How the e-memory revolution will change everything, by Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell (2009) 
  • Distracted: The erosion of attention and the coming dark age, by Maggie Jackson (2009) 
  • Twitterville: How businesses can thrive in the new global neighborhoods, by Shel Israel (2009) 
  • Trust agents: Using the web to build influence, improve reputation, and earn trust, by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (2009) 
  • The church of Facebook: How the hyperconnected are redefining community, by Jesse Rice (2009) 
  • Delete: The virtue of forgetting in the digital age, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (2009) 
  • Camgirls: Celebrity and community in the age of social networks, by Theresa M. Senft (2008) 
  • Groundswell: Winning in a world transformed by social technologies, by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff (2008) 
  • Cult of the amateur: How the internet is killing our culture, by Andrew Keen (2008) 
  • Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations, by Clay Shirky (2008) 
  • Everything is miscellaneous: The power of the new digital disorder, by David Weinberger (2008) 
  • The future of reputation: Gossip, rumor, and privacy on the internet, by Daniel J. Solove (2008) 
  • Linked: How everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and everyday life, by
    Albert-László Barabási (2003)