Trends in Social Media Essay




Assessment Description


The social media phenomenon has brought dying and grieving into the public realm. Because social media makes private expressions about grief public, it is important for mental health workers to understand the impact of this phenomenon on grievers and their helpers. This assignment will help you understand this concept.

Citing two to four scholarly sources, in an essay (500-750 words), analyze the effects of the media on grievers and their helpers by doing the following:

  1. Describe specific instances of how death and grieving are currently portrayed in the news and popular entertainment.
  2. Describe specific instances of how death and grieving are portrayed or expressed on social media such as Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, GoFundMe, etc.
  3. Assess how the portrayals of death and grieving in the media you describe might affect both grievers and their helpers. Describe both positive and negative ways these portrayals might impact them.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.


Rubric Criteria

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Death and Grieving in the News and Popular Entertainment.

19 points

Death and Grieving in Social Media

19 points

Positive and Negative Portrayals

28.5 points

Thesis, Position, or Purpose

6.65 points

Development, Structure, and Conclusion

7.6 points


4.75 points

Mechanics of Writing

4.75 points


4.75 points

Total95 points



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