1 September 2009

Look at what Google News has donehttp://news.google.com/news?&imv=1

  • are the pictures big enough?
  • would your rather see words or headlines?
  • do they attract your interest?
  • should they be using a different type of picture?

And before we go to blogs, let’s remember that media is also about art — new art

http://www.ted.com/talks/golan_levin_ted2009.html

And someone from around here, David Tinapple. http://www.davidtinapple.com/

Do you remember yesterday (and the day before), we were talking about getting props for blogging, and I asked where the word “props” comes from? Here’s the answer. And do you remember how we were talking about how classrooms are the same as they were a hundred years ago, still in rows facing the teacher, the font of all knowledge… here’s an interesting look at where we learn about where “props” comes from, etymology and another venerable institution that about to be changed by Mass Communications… http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary.html

Let’s talk about blogs...

Let’s solve problems…

Define a blog — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogs…

Anyone have questions? Two blogs a week.

A close cousin of blogs is Tweet — let’s look at some numbers, http://disruptology.com/why-people-tweet/

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In the beginning was the word… and then came Mass Comm —
From the book, The Long Tail, read the pages in the handout, 27-30. Discuss

Compare it with the media history in our textbook, Media and Culture, 10-14. Discuss

Question — How do you  feel about reading from a textbook. Why do you suspect that I think it’s important?

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LEVEL III, PERIOD III — HOW TO TELL A STORY — MAYBE IMAGES DON’T COUNT, AT LEAST IN THE BEGINNING…

http://bit.ly/tpStE OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loxJ3FtCJJA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Freporterscenter&feature=player_profilepage#t=90

31 August 2009

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Fill out the Mass Comm questionnaire —

Opening for all three levels —

Kseniya Siminova is a sand artist. Her work is quite beautiful and unexpected… and comes to us by way of Mass Communication. She produces a form of art I’ve never seen before, but 1.3 million other people have. I found her work by accident but for a reason, which will be the subject of this class.

Background — The Nazi’s invade the Ukraine, a region in what was then the East-Central Soviet Union in 1941, Eastern Europe today. This is a story of the ruthless attack against civilians — told in sand, painted in sand, and animated in sand, right before your eyes — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dollarshort.org%2F&feature=player_embedded#t=13

An interesting commentary, and digression — First, is there additional symbolism in working in sand? What do we mean by castles in the sand?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZmGleDzscw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6b7iro-qZ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzsbwBQ-TU

LEVEL II, PERIOD II — Blog on…

Starting soon and going forward for the rest of this year, you will blog. With a show of hands, who blogs? Define a blog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogs…

Which brings us to Mena Trott who I’ve never met but who introduced me to Kseniya Siminova (who I’ve also never met) 5,400 miles away fro Durham, in the Ukraine. Who is Mena Trott?

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/mena_trott_tours_her_blog_world.html

http://www.dollarshort.org/

http://www.sixapart.com/blog/menas-corner/

Let’s look at some blogs — http://wordpress.com/

How you will create a blog — http://en.wordpress.com/signup/

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LEVEL III, PERIOD III — HOW TO TELL A STORY — MAYBE IMAGES DON’T COUNT, AT LEAST IN THE BEGINNING…

http://bit.ly/tpStE OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loxJ3FtCJJA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2Freporterscenter&feature=player_profilepage#t=90

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LEVEL I, PERIOD IV

From the book, The Long Tail, read the pages in the handout, 27-30. Discuss

Compare it with the media history in our textbook, Media and Culture, 10-14. Discuss

Question — How do you  feel about reading from a textbook. Why do you suspect that I think it’s important?

Go to blogs…

28 August 2009

Let’s end the first week by thinking about Media Literacy… We’ve already been introduced to a smattering of this material. You’ve seen bits of it before. But, it’s not a rehash. Everything you will watch has a larger aim, a broader purpose. So I will not let this lecture run continuously, but will stop it from time to time to raise questions. I expect you to take notes on the lecture (I will, too, using the smartpen, attempting over the weekend to find a way to see if this information is worth sharing with you). Ask youself: how is the vision of the media similar to my own views of the media, how it is different? What material is new to me? How might it affect my education? Is the speed of change taking place in the media going to have a direct impact on me? How?

Once again, Prof. Mike Wesch:

http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=174#comment-138852

27 August 2009

Let’s discuss your homework assignment — search engines… which did you prefer and why?

Are College students different from high school students when they suck up media? Let’s watch this little four-minute film and talk about your thoughts on the question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

Remember the top 10 most searched keywords by youngsters? Here’s the site — http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/youtube-kids-search/ — compare it with our list on the board.

Let’s take a quick review of how YouTube promises to move from content to communication: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g&NR=1

“Keeping Up With the Media,” I want you to follow  The New York Times’s BITS Blog at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/?scp=1-spot&sq=BITS%20blog&st=cse

Another step toward Mike Wesch

http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/

Close class —

Get ready to blog  all about blogs — http://blogumentary.typepad.com/chuck/video.html

26 August 2009

Are College students different from high school students when they suck up media? Let’s watch this little four-minute film and talk about your thoughts on the question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o

Level I, II, III

Review: What did we learn yesterday?

1.    Remember the types of media I pointed out? No? Well, look for  the tab “Mass Comm Who?” on our class web page: http://www.wordpixel.wordpress.com
2.    Remember the difference between the World Wide Web (WWW) and the Internet? The Internet is a connection, a network, among computers originally  designed to survive a war. The World Wide Web uses the Internet to connect pages and links that have been created (by the WWW) between computers.
3.    In class, we use the WWW. Our class’s web page is http://www.wordpixel.wordpress.com. Each day’s assignment will be found here. Day- by-day, date-by-date, each semester, every semester all your studies are here for review. Please feel free – I encourage you! – to comment and to ask questions in the “comments section” of each days blog. I always reply.
4.    Hey, what’s a blog? Ask me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
5.    Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but be prepared to defend your answers or your projects. Also, remember top 10 most searched keywords by youngsters? Here’s the site — http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/youtube-kids-search/ — compare it with our list on the board.

6. Let’s take a quick review of how YouTube promises to move from content to communication: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g&NR=1

YOU ARE ONLY EXPECTED TO REACH FOUR GOALS THIS SEMESTER:

1.    Study the variety of media.
2.    Keep track of new developments in “hard and soft” technology, like “bing,”
3.    Understand the role of media in our lives.
4.    Learn the basics of making your own media

During this first week, we’re just going to handle the media, play with it, appreciate it, think about it and have fun with it. Remember there are no right answers, so take out a notebook.

The goal of today’s lesson is to begin thinking about the media as a creative tool, a tool you can use to present your ideas to the world.

Take 15 minutes and be prepared to present to your classmates a plan based on these questions… Let’s first briefly discuss each item below, so you understand what it is you’ll be doing.
•    What would you like to create?
•    What style would you work in –documentary non-fiction or fiction; do you want to make something real, or do you want to use your imagination.
•    Then, think about what medium you would like to use to present your idea or project. (Remember, medium is the singular form of media… any questions?). Would you like to do a podcast, a blog, a screenplay?

Next, as part of goal number two “Keeping Up With the Media,” I want you to follow  The New York Times’s BITS Blog at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/?scp=1-spot&sq=BITS%20blog&st=cse

Tonight, at home: Why are we doing this at home? Because there are no facilities to do this in class. We don’t have enough computers or switches to do the teaching. So, here’ you’re homework.

I’d like for you to analyze the new “bing” search engine and to compare it to Google. Why is this important? Because we are about to watch the beginning of the latest, great Internet war, and we want to understand what’s taking place from the start, and to be able to judge or predict the winner of “The Great Search Engine Wars!!!” Simply give three short answers to each of the following questiona:

1. How is Bing like Google?

2. How is Bing different from Google?

3. Devise a search based on his question, then tell me the differences you found for each site offered. (Hint – what order did the site present its answers in? Was that order helpful? Did the site answer your search? Or were the answers identical?) Search for the answer to the following question and tell me the terms you used for the search: What is the most important lesson for high school students to learn before graduation?

4. Also, what two companies are working together to create bing?

5. Compare bing and google with cuil.com. Which search site gave you the best answers, the most interesting format? How do you pronounce cuil, in cuil.com?

25 August 2009

Welcome back from summer vacation!

You’re one semester closer to your future.

Level I, II, III —

This course is about media, particularly new media, which means that you must follow this course on-line: Here on this site.

Here are the rules and what is expected of you — plunk the magic “Rules in Class” tab!

I want to remember a few things as this year goes on… Don’t worry about being wrong, only be concerned that you are able to make a strong argument, something you can defend. In any case, check with me first to be on the safe side…

Here’s a little story about people who risked being wrong… and look at what they learned: http://is.gd/2x8dP

What would you guess are the top ten search terms used by teenagers — http://mashable.com/2009/08/12/youtube-kids-search/ — would they be “love,””football,” let’s make our list.

Here’s an interesting video to watch http://blogs.zdnet.com/collaboration/?p=828 — I’m going to hand out to you the article that accompanied the video… We’ll compare the video with the article and then discuss it. We’ll work in groups. And we’ll present our thoughts to class for further discussion….

One of our great focuses this year will be the “social web.” That means, facebook, YouTube, MySpace, etc. But we’re going to look at it a little differently. Let’s first talk about it. Then let’s watch this video. http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/

Great new search engine for you to check outhttp://www.bing.com — I’d like for you to look it over tonight and to compare it to Google. Be prepared to answer these quiz questions —

1. How is it like Google?

2. How is it different from Google?

3. Devise a search based on his question, then tell me the differences each site offered. Or were they identical. Search for the answer to this question and tell me the terms you used and how you arranged the search: What is the most important lesson for high school students to learn before graduation? Bring in your favorites answer? From what site did you get it?

4. What two companies are working together to create bing?

5. Compare bing and google with cuil.com. Which gave you the best answers, the most interesting format? How do you pronounce cuil, in cuil.com?