This course provides an in-depth look at the controversies and arguments surrounding the use, definition, and policies of social media systems. The popularity and ubiquity of social media challenges traditional definitions of communication and brings new questions of definition ("What is the meaning of a Facebook friend?"), social judgment ("How are people judging me based on my Facebook profile?"), and policy ("Do I have a right to privacy in online social networking websites?"). Students will engage in close reading, critical thinking, and rhetorical analysis of written, verbal, and visual arguments from a variety of scholarly disciplines and traditions. This seminar is designed to provide an introduction into the basics of scholarly writing and research. In addition, students will learn the basics of public speaking and oral presentation of arguments.