Begin by formulating a set of questions to ask about the wider
significance of this example of communication. Needs to be more than just descriptive of what
the communication example means. It should provide critical insights into, or an argument about, the
importance or significance of this example to society or culture more broadly. It should also link this to
analytic frameworks from the readings (for example, historical frameworks, frameworks for
understanding how discourse functions in relation to institutional structures or interpersonal
communication). Some good models from the course readings are Scott Kiesling’s discussion of the word
“Dude” when it is used in specific contexts, and Dwight McBride’s discussion of the dress code, and
hiring practices of Abercrombie and Fitch.
My topic is a photo of the sinking of USS Arizona.
Some questions: How does the sinking of battleship Arizona effect to US in World War Two, in political aspect, how does the US congress first time all passed the bill of declare war to Japan related to the sinking of Arizona. Why Arizona became the primary target for Japanese navy, what effect Japanese wants to get from sinking the Arizona. Why this picture of Arizona becomes the symbol of Pearl Harbor being attacked on the WW2 and why American only build a memorial on the Remains of Arizona, not other ships or place? And the picture has any influence on the society?
You can pick up some of them to write about. If you have any other better ideas which can relate to course reading, write it out and fix my points.
- Show how you might relate this communication event to other social, political, economic, cultural, or
Consider what connections you might be able to make between this instance/example of
communication and other communication;
Draw upon key concepts, theoretical or critical approaches/frameworks that we have been covering in
the course to help answer the questions that you framed about the event. (key concept you may use : Levels of Communication
• Organizational or
- Denis McQuail)
Describe some of the limits to your interpretation and/or challenges to understanding the issues you