Research paper topic: Terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo

The January 7, 2015, terrorist attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris has left that city and country reeling. Known for being left leaning and anti-clerical, Charlie Hebdo had previously published several Muhammad cartoons that incensed some Muslims.

A tribute of flowers and candles in the shape of a heart is set up at Place de la Republique in Paris in memory of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, on Jan. 7, 2015 in Paris. (Credit: David Chour—Demotix/Corbis)

A tribute of flowers and candles in the shape of a heart is set up at Place de la Republique in Paris in memory of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, on Jan. 7, 2015 in Paris. (Credit: David Chour—Demotix/Corbis)

The massacre of 12 employees has received ongoing coverage in the news as the search for the suspects continued. For your next criminal justice or media related research paper, consider discussing the recent terrorist attack on French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Read more

Discover historical aspects of “Unbroken” for your research paper

Some people’s lives are simply bigger than others. Louis Zamperini may just be the poster child for this. Director Angelina Jolie has made his harrowing tale of World War II survival, documented in the nonfiction bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, into a film.

Consider discussing "Unbroken" for your next research paper. (Credit: Barnabas Piper)

Consider discussing “Unbroken” for your next research paper. (Credit: Barnabas Piper)

The book, the film and the man’s life offer a range of research topics to consider, from the historical aspects surrounding the war to the psychological repercussions in terms of post-traumatic stress. Read more

Auteur theory is a good filmmaking research paper topic

If you enjoy films or are interested in filmmaking, auteur theory may be a great research topic for you.

Auteur theory emphasises the director as the major creator of film art. (Credit: Film English)

Auteur theory emphasises the director as the major creator of film art. (Credit: Film English)

According to the auteur theory, the director provides the chief creative power of a film because the film reflects the director’s personal creative vision. Therefore, the director is considered the main “auteur” (the French word for “author”). The voice of the auteur is recognizable in the film even after studio influence and the production process. Read more

Comparative advertising is a good argumentative research paper topic

Are you searching for a good argumentative research paper topic? Well, I’d argue that comparative advertising may be your last, best hope.

Dunkin Donuts versus Starbucks is a great example of comparative advertising. (Credit: Brand Synario)

Dunkin Donuts versus Starbucks is a great example of comparative advertising. (Credit: Brand Synario)

Advertising is the most important and most effective way manufacturers or service providers can get their message out to the public, in other words, to the consumer. The only way consumers will know about a product is through the company’s advertising. Read more

Ethical communication should be a required research paper topic

There are many debates on what exactly is ethical communication. Although there is no a single explanation, there are three main philosophical points of view that are applied in communication: the ethical egoism, utilitarianism and the categorical imperative.

Ethical communication offers many topics to debate on. (Credit: comminit.com)

Ethical communication offers many topics to debate on. (Credit: comminit.com)

Communication is the process of transferring information. It can be verbal, nonverbal, visual, oral or written. The common model of communication has six components: sender, encoder, medium, decoder, receiver and message. Read more

Research topic on The Calhoun School documentary

Education reform in the American education system is a topic that is constantly evolving, with new ideas for how we can better teach young people arising all the time. The Calhoun School, a progressive private school located in the Upper West Side of New York City, recently broached the idea of education reform as it pertains to racism in schools in their documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

Background on The Calhoun School documentary

According to “Rethinking Racism Through Film and the Eyes of Students” by Sophia Hollander for The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2014, the documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?,” “charts the evolution of 12 teenagers from public and private schools across New York City … as they attend race workshops for one year.” Read more

Research topic: Marvel Comics and the history of comic books

The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more

Reveal attacks on press freedom for your research paper

Jon Stewart unveiled his directorial debut, Rosewater on November 7, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival. Best known as a political satirist and star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart chose to tackle a very serious subject, press freedom, for his first film.

Gael Garcia Bernal  deals with press freedom attacks in 'Rosewater.' (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

Gael Garcia Bernal deals with press freedom attacks in ‘Rosewater.’ (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

The Rosewater movie is based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was held at Iran’s Evin prison for 118 days. The script, also written by Jon Stewart, was adapted from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Look to the Rosewater film for inspiration for your next research paper on journalists and press freedom. Read more

Discuss “My Little Pony” in your next marketing research paper

Hasbro has found a way to cash in on the brand equity of many of its popular lines of toys by turning the properties, including My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. Joe and even Oiuja, into television and film hits. Released in June, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is still performing in the top thirty titles in the box office (according to weekend totals for September 12-14).

"My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks" hits theaters on September 27. (Credit: Drafthouse)

“My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks” hits theaters on September 27. (Credit: Drafthouse)

“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” the popular television cartoon show on Hasbro’s the Hub, aimed at adolescent girls, but embraced by a community of adult fans (self-styled Bronies and Pegasisters), has its newest big screen film adaptation, “Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks,” hitting limited theaters on September 27. Read more

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