"We use the term “implicit bias” to describe when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge." ~Perception Institute
Because all information is created by people, it is filtered through two sets of biases - those of the person who wrote/recorded/constructed the message, and those of you, the person who interprets it.
How does this impact our perceptions of the world around us?
Consider an artifact of popular culture: a movie, television show, magazine, popular app, musical artist, etc., paying attention to how it reflects issues such as age, race, gender, class, religion, politics (or another approved topic).
You will then use this “artifact” as a jumping off point for your research. It might play a major role in your paper, it may become one of your sources, or it may not be mentioned at all. How you use it is up to you. (Note to Self: The intention of this assignment is not to simply gather information, but to form an argument and provide a new understanding of the topic. The paper is not about the cultural trend; it just stems from it.)