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…

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