Use Facebook news as your media or technology research paper topic

Once again there is news about Facebook that has users upset. The social media giant is no stranger to criticism, from concerns about invasion of privacy to changes in the user interface.

A Facebook "like" marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

A Facebook “like” marks the entrance to Facebook headquarters. (Credit: Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

But the latest Facebook controversy revolves around an app scam—the color change app—and changes to Facebook Messenger. Read more

How to research ethics in communication (Hint: with integrity)

Social and ethical issues in journalism and other communications, such as public relations, business communications and information science, are good research paper topics for your ethics term paper.

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Rupert Murdoch Getting Schooled In Journalism Ethics. (Credit: Rob Tornoe)

Here are some debates and issues of ethics in journalism you can discuss and a list of databases and resources for more research. Read more

New dictionary words as your research paper topic

In late spring, Merriam-Webster announced the new words it will add to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. New words are often influenced by technology, politics, economics and pop culture. College students, not only the English major, linguistics major or journalism major, can have fun analyzing the new words for their origins, dictionary definition versus everyday usage, pertinence and persistence in the English language.

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Merrian – Webster announced new entries for the dictionary in 2014. (Credit: Mark Montehermoso)

Here are some of the new additions to the new Merriam-Webster dictionary, an explanation of how words are chosen for dictionaries and an f-bomb! Read more

The good and bad of online gaming for your research paper

Online gaming is just some harmless fun, a way to pass the time or hang with friends. Right? Unfortunately, for some, Internet game addiction has taken a darker turn as shown in an upcoming HBO documentary—“Love Child.”

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

Exploring the tragic consequences and dangers of online gaming for one young, South Korean couple and their baby, the “Love Child” documentary will no doubt contribute to society’s ongoing discussion of how technology is changing us for the good and for the bad. A thorough discussion on addiction and substance abuse in general can also contribute to a great research paper topic. Read more

Children’s literature classic made into film adaptation

Once again, Hollywood has turned to a beloved icon of children’s literature for its latest film adaptation. The Paddington Bear movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2014 in the United States, will star Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist with her eye on the marmalade-loving creature, and Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters as Paddington’s adopted parents, the Browns.

The children's literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

The children’s literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

But who will voice Paddington now that Colin Firth will not be playing the part? For your next literature or film studies research paper, learn about how children’s literature books compare to their film adaptations. Read more

Edge of Tomorrow is the futuristic Groundhog Day

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray’s character lived the same day over and over again until he learned to be a better man. In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Tom Cruise experiences a similar time loop and evolves from a nerdy administrator to a warrior capable of fighting an alien invasion.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the new film Edge of Tomorrow. (Credit: HD Wallpapers)

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the new film Edge of Tomorrow. (Credit: HD Wallpapers)

Both movies have strong female characters, too. But if you like female heroes, you’ll love Emily Blunt who plays a futuristic warrior who tutors Cruise. Read more

A look at Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

The Science Channel unveiled its new season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The popular show’s fifth season will offer eight episodes, researching answers to topics ranging from “Is Poverty Genetic?” to “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” The thought-provoking show has busted ratings records for the network and also garnered an Emmy-nod.

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Morgan Freeman and Through the Wormhole return for a fifth season. (Credit: Brent McKnight)

Not conventional TV

One of the goals of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel is to ask and answer the questions that stump or puzzle most of us. Read more

“The Fault in Our Stars” is a must-see

Fans of novelist John Green, also known as “nerdfighters,” are predicted to flock to see the film, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Green, who is known for his young adult novels and his popular YouTube videos, will likely enlarge his loyal following with this story of young lovers fighting cancer.

"The Fault in Our Stars" hits movie screens on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Tumblr)

“The Fault in Our Stars” hits movie screens on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Tumblr)

What could easily be a soppy and sentimental story rings with truth and real feeling. Green’s connection with his readers comes from his commitment to authenticity. Moviegoers will see that same commitment on the screen. Read more

What exactly does being a media studies major entail?

As a media studies major, there are many areas to choose from to study. (Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk)

As a media studies major, there are many areas to choose from to study. (Credit: keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk)

When you tell people that you’re majoring in media studies you may get blank stares. Few people really understand new media, media production or any of the other subject areas that fall within the media studies major. Perhaps you are also confused. So when it comes to choosing good research paper topics for your media studies papers you may need a little help. Here are a few ideas and resources to get you started on your next research paper assignment.

Media studies research paper topics

Start your search at Questia where you’ll be able to access millions of full-text books, articles, newspapers, magazines, academic journals and encyclopedias. Read more

Disneynature Bears movie celebrates Earth Day

Once again Earth Day is upon us and, once again, Disneynature chooses to honor the occasion with the release of a nature documentary, the Bears movie. While Earth Day activities like watching the Disneynature Bears movie are one way to mark the occasion and celebrate Mother Nature, on what is basically her worldwide holiday, do these anthropomorphized tales of animals actually increase interest and research on Earth Day and the environment? And what are some other ways to celebrate Mother Nature?

Disneynature's Bears movie illustrates the importance of Earth Day and Mother Nature. (Credit: Toni Spilsbury)

Disneynature’s Bears movie illustrates the importance of Earth Day and Mother Nature. (Credit: Toni Spilsbury)

Earth Day via Bears movie

If you prefer to experience Mother Nature indoors, then the Bears movie from Disneynature may be right for you. The nature documentary tells of a new mother bear and her two cubs. Read more