23 February 2009

Opener — Let’s use mass comm to feed the world –

We must win 50 grains before we can move on.

And this, which shows how Google Reader works:



Level II, Period One

Class review and critique of treatments. Discussion. Rewrites.


Level I, Period Two –

We’ve spent some time going over and contrasting:

  • The public interest
  • Corporate obligations and duties
  • Family ownership — the significant difference between “All the President’s Men” and the decline of today’s newspaper and the enigma/puzzle posed by electronic media.
  • journalist traditions — discuss what that means and what those traditions might be, in light of what we learned from “All the President’s Men.”

Let consider these issues in light of “War Dance.”



~ Did “War Dance” have traditions and standards by which it abided?

~ Does it matter that this film was made?

~ Has it affected you? Does it mattered that you’re better informed?

~ Note this comment “…to bring unknown stories to the screen.” http://fine-films.com/main/

Now we move on: “Across Artic Ungava”



1. Good movie. Like. Not like. Discuss.

2. Does it serve the public interest? Is so, how? If not, why?

3. Is this newsworthy?

4. This documentary is different from an article written for a magazine. How?

— Money had to be raised to produce it.

— Do you find it interesting that it was funded through the Canadian Film Board?

— What do you think that means?

— Could it be that people didn’t understand that this was a story that needed to be told, until it was actually told?

— It was necessary to find a venue to show it; a magazine article get delivered to your door

— What are the possible venues for a documentary like this?

— Possibly talk about economics.

  • We watched the documentary and studied it by writing detailed notes.
  • Documentaries are similar to newspapers —
  • How are they the same and how are they different?
  • What are the rules of documentary filmmakers?



Closer: Who is Steve Jobs? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA


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