Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Warm up

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values

  • What type of person might deliver a line like this?
  • Whatever can this person mean —
    • “invest our lives” — what does that mean?
    • “artificial perceptions”????
    • “arbitrary values” ???
    • What’s all this? Let’s put it together and figure out what this person is telling us about media….

ProceduresLevel II

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 (Tracy Jordan) fit into the hierarchy of culture?
  10. 10. Do you find him funny? Or do you see him as a caricature, a cartoon figure?

Now, take ten minutes and write a REVIEW for class presenation in the style we discussed yesterday —

  • The voice of authority
  • No first person pronouns
  • No adjectives
  • Strong nouns and powerful verbs

Closure:

Three, two, one…

  • Three things that you’ve learned today
  • Two questions you still have about the subject
  • One statement about something you already know that connects or matches to something you learned today

Level I, Period Four

Warm up

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values

  • What type of person might deliver a line like this?
  • Whatever can this person mean —
    • “invest our lives” — what does that mean?
    • “artificial perceptions”????
    • “arbitrary values” ???
    • What all this? Let’s put it togetherand figure out what this person is telling us about media….

The Gang of Eight — Kate, Nahum, George, Morgan, Paul, Aaron, Kirstie, Jack — will continue on your webquest in the Media Center endeavoring to develop a presentation to the class, to be delivered on Wednesday or Thursday, about “Google Wave.” You will be expected to do this in the form of web-based YouTube videos, power points, and any other form of electronic media at your disposal.

The “Real World TV Production Class” will continue to watch another episode of “30 Rock” in order to prepare a presentation for the “Gang of Eight,” when they return from their Webquest. First, we’re going to answer these questions:

  1. Does Jack Donaghy (Alex Baldwin) understand his audience, what people want, crave?
  2. Why do you think his background (developing an oven) works in a TV format?
  3. Do you find Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan) funny? Or do you see him as a caricature, a cartoon figure?
  4. Where does Tracy Morgan fit into the hierarchy of culture?

Now, working in groups, begin to prepare a presentation for our classmates, the “Gang of Eight… First, today, you will work to write a summary of “30 Rock,” so that the “Ganag of Eight” will know what the show is about. Then consider and describe how a sitcom like “30 Rock” tells certain truths about TV Production. What are those truths? List them. Then exlain them. How do the key characters Liz Lemon, Jack Donghy, and Tracy Jordan represent the key players behind the scenes in TV production. Be prepared to discuss these elements with me.

Closure:

Three, two, one…

  • Three things that you’ve learned today
  • Two questions you still have about the subject
  • One statement about something you already know that connects or matches to something you learned today
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