Monday, 5 October 2009

Discussion:The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

  1. Who said this? Take a guess.
  2. Do you think this comment is true?
  3. Can you think of an example of it in your life, how the media has shaped your actions?

Working in groups of five or six, divide up the task of WebQuesting Google Wave

  1. What exactly IS Google Wave? Define it. Who created it? Is it available for everyone?
  2. What kind of activities can you perform using Google Wave?
  3. How do you get it on your computer?
  4. Will it replace facebook, email, IM, MySpace?
  5. What age group will it most appeal to?
  6. What are reviewers saying about it? Does it have doubters, critics?
  7. Is it a new form of communication, a better form of Google, a search engine?
  8. Will it be easy to learn?
  9. What kinds of thinking skills and collaboration skills might it develop?
  10. Will it make school work easier? Social networking?
  11. What do you like about it? What do you dislike?
  12. Does it work on Macs as well as PCs?
  13. Prepare a demonstration of  Google Wave for the class. You may use YouTube and other tools, including Powerpoint, charts, etc.

Writing Film Reviews

  1. What does it mean when I say that film reviewers must write as if they were using  “the voice of God?”
  2. Why does the personal pronoun “I” usually get in the way of a review?
  3. How might writing in the present tense convey more power to your review.
  4. Why do adjectives fail?

The Real World of TV Production Through the Lens of Comedy

We’re going to watch “30 Rock” and talk about media a television production, because it reflects a degree of reality about television production. Afterwards, we will break into groups, discuss the questions within the group, write down your thoughts, and then share them with the rest of the class.

  1. What’s “30 Rock” about?
  2. In episode one, how is the Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) character established? What does she do? What do her colleagues say about her?
  3. What is Liz Lemon’s job? What does that mean?
  4. What is Jack Donaghy’s (Alex Baldwin) job?
  5. What part of the corporate world does he represent?
  6. Does he understand his audience, what people want, crave?
  7. Why do you think his background (developing an oven) works in a TV format?
  8. How would you describe his job, what he does; is there a name for it?
  9. 9. Where does Tracy Morgan fit into the heirarchy of culture?
  10. 10. Do you find him funny? Or do you see him as a caricature, a cartoon figure?


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