Still-warm Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Weather for today — Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Let’s follow on with yesterday’s conversation about games:

Let’s watch this and you tell me what it is:

It’s all part of the media, right? We’ve been talking about media for weeks, and for some of us for more than one semester. Now, I’d like you to form into three-person groups. The purpose is for each of these “teams” will be to tell me what you think we mean when we talk about “the media.” I’m looking for a definition. Take 10 or 15 minutes and come up with a a solid,  three sentence definition of “The Media!” that I can write on the white board.

So, more on “the medium is the message.” I want you to thoroughly understand this concept.

Here is a radio show — a real radio show:

Here is a movie, from one of my level three students:

Here’s a little story by my friend, a writer named Glenn Emery: A young man joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence. His elders send him to live atop a bare mountain. At the end of 7 years he’s permitted to say two words. “Cold nights,” he says. The elders nod and send him back atop the mountain. After 7 years he’s again permitted to say two words. “No food.” They nod and send him back atop the mountain. Another 7 years pass and again he’s permitted to speak two words. “I quit.” The elders nod. “We’re not surprised. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”

Then there are the movies —

And of course, games:

Here’s the exercise. Go back into your groups. Now come up with three to five instances that show the message contained by each medium. You might write something along the lines of “In the little story by Glenn Emery, the medium of print reveals itself in these messages: print is…. this; and print is… that. etc.


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