CIS436 – Week 3 Summary and Analysis: Non – Academic

Summary and Analysis: Non-Academic

Choose one item, related to both information technology ethics and the themes of Weeks 3 and 4 from any worthy (see above for the definition of worthy) edited/QAed online source, such as MIT Technology ReviewWiredArs TechnicaTechDirtAtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington PostChristian Science Monitor PasscodeCNETCIOInformation Week (that is not an exhaustive list), a TED Talk ( – you can also find TED Talks on YouTube) by anyone (e.g. Megan Smith on the lost history of technical women, or some of the films from the library’s extensive film collections, Films on DemandAlexander Street, and Kanopy. Look for their Computer Science & IT collections.

Once you have pinned down your non-academic item, write a short paper (with an overall introduction, an overall conclusion, and a developed body that flows well – generally at least a few paragraphs – at least 250 words, not including the question text itself), using your own words. Please include all of these seven points in your paper:

  1. An APA/MLA/Chicago/etc. reference for the item – basically, let your pretend manager know how to find it if they want to read/watch it.
  2. TL;DR
  3. Why you chose this item.
  4. A brief summary of the main points that the author made in the item.
  5. An analysis of the item. Points to address (all 7 of them):
    1. Did the author have a clear purpose for the item? What makes you believe so?
    2. Was this purpose accomplished? How?
    3. Did the author present compelling evidence to support main points?
    4. Does the item have gaps? What sort?
    5. Did the author present the information in a way that readers would find appealing? In what way?
    6. Is the world a better place for this item being written/given? How?
    7. How does this item relate to the real world, either business-wise, or personally? If it doesn’t, state why.

You don’t have to write in a boring and stilted academic style in your summary and analysis – it’s all right (and encouraged!) to write in an engaging style! It’s recommended that you do make a clear distinction between the summary and analysis sections of the paper, if only to remember to address all 7 points of the analysis assignment.


  • Format: Microsoft Word APA STYLE
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12-point, Double-spaced
  • Citation Style: APA
  • Length: 1 page (275 words)