Final Circuit of Culture Project

Final Circuit of Culture Project

Circuit of Culture for a Website, Service, or App
Topic due Oct 2 on Piazza
Annotated Bibliography due Nov 6
Presentations, Nov 30 and Dec 7
Final webpage due Dec 9


For the final project, you will be asked to create a webpage to analyze a website or app through all aspects of the circuit of culture: production, consumption, representation, identity, and regulation. Because even the smallest websites and apps have a lot to consider, you are encouraged to narrow your focus to an event, feature, use case, or failure that can drive your discussion. This should not prevent you from considering the full range of issues and concerns surrounding the website, but it can help you discuss them in a pointed way.

Stylistically, while it would make sense to create separate sections to address each of the aspects of the circuit of culture, it might be best to discuss the website holistically and bring up the interrelated areas of culture as they become relevant to your overall analysis. To this end, I’ve created pages to explain each area of the circuit of culture (available in the side menu), which you can link to as a way to highlight the topic and check off that you have met the assignment criteria for addressing each one.

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated bibliographies serve a number of research purposes, from exhaustively documenting a field of study to roughly mapping the early stages of a project. In this case, we’ll use the annotated bibliography as a preliminary resource to help you refine your topic and find the most relevant story for analyzing your site or app through the circuit of culture. In the best case, all the research you include in your annotations will be directly used in your final project, but you should feel no need to include everything from this early effort nor feel constrained to just the papers you find in this first round of work. You are welcome and even encouraged to continue researching up until the final project is due.

Your annotated bibliography should meet several criteria:

  • Ten sources in total.
  • Adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style’s notes and bibliography style citation.
  • At least two peer-reviewed scholarly articles or books. I recommend using Google Scholar and adding the library link to the JHU Library (instructions here).
  • At least three newspaper or magazine articles. This category is considered broadly, but the idea is that you’re finding journalistic coverage of your topic from reputable news sources, whatever their platform or political persuasion. LexisNexis, which we used for the BBS assignment, is a great resource for finding historical articles. Consider checking out the SPJ Code from the Society of Professional Journalists for a stance on what constitutes ethical journalism.
  • And the remaining articles can be other peer-reviewed research, journalistic sources, or any number of web resources relevant to your topic, including website terms of service, press releases, user content, etc.


More info coming soon, but given the time constraints, you can expect to have around 15–20 minutes for your final presentation to walk us through the webpage you’ve created and the site or app you’ve researched.