Cloudy-Wednesday 18 November 2009

Weather: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs around 60. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Tonight, Showers likely in the evening…then occasional rain after midnight. Near steady temperature in the mid 50s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Quotation from Mike Wesch: “To learn is to make meaningful connections.” Question: How do we make students able to make meaningful connections?

Definition, of “The Media.” The media pervades society and culture distributing data and information to audiences large and small through print (books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc.) and all forms of electronic transmission (TV, radio, Internet, texting, etc.), for the purpose of communicating, informing, advertising, (controlling?), amusing, and interacting through a variety of fora (

The blog issue. Many of you asked why your blogs did not appear in your progress report. This morning the answer to the problem dawned on me (no pun). I have tried to connect students with blog names, with no luck. You will be required to make this process easier, so I may grade your blogs. By Friday, you will add your name to your blog, or at least your first name and initial. This will not require a change in the URL,  just in the name of the blog. Here’s how it’s done:

  • got and sign in to your blog.
  • go to your blog’s “dashboard.”
  • On the left side of the dashboard, page down to the last tool called “Settings” and click it.
  • Insides “settings,” click “General.”
  • At the top of the page, where it says, “Blog Title,” add your name to the blog title. It could be something like, The Blog Title by Your Name
  • Then remember to click “save changes” at the bottom of the page.

Let’s go back up and work on my definition of media… How does my definition mesh with the one you as a class developed yesterday. How can mine be improved?

Let’s go over the exercise, “the Medium is the Message.” I’d like to hear three examples of how each medium — radio, video, print and video games — offers an implicit message. That list will be useful to you in tomorrow’s test/quiz.


7 Responses

  1. Just wondering, but did you make any important points that I should know about while I was in the office today?

    By the way, Chopin’s nocturnes are supposed to sound LUGUBRIOUS.

    However, I’m not about to blame you directly for your faulty arguement. Unfortunately, many pianists often incorperate anti-chopinesque techniques into the nocturnes & preludes (I’m not about to hate on anyone like Horowitz, but he is a prime example.) Check out his performance of Raindrop Prelude on Youtube. Personally, I couldn’t listen after maybe 10 seconds.

    In addition, taking from your critism of Igoshina’s performance, I’d be DELIGHTED to hear your apparently superior rendition of the C Minor Nocturne.

  2. Ah okay.

    As you can tell, hearing critisism of such a godly performance as the one I showed you worked me up a tiny bit. Just a little. Lol.

    • I mean normally I could have cared less, as everyone has a different opinion on how certain music should be played. In this case, I’ve simply never heard any critisism of Igoshina’s performance, and I’ve showed that video to at least a good 50 piano friends, most of them either at my skill level or higher, as well as at least 10 piano majors (at UNCG.)

      • Paul, sorry for the late reply. You know the story — I’m not that bright; I only know what I like. I think — as a member of the great unwashed — that the Chopin Nocturnes are all about mood. Hey, why do you think he called them nocturnes? But when they’re played slowly they become technical. Technical is not what a romantic like Chopin was all about. He was a man of passion, passions. And while his work is hugely technical, it is technical to a purpose: to convey his passions. Which explains my responce. I wanted her to love the beginning (the complex) part of the work as much as she loved the end, when she (finalllllleeee) brings it to life.

  3. After listening to this piece played by many pianists (Rubenstein, Hofmann, as well as a number of russian pianists), after determined that nearly each pianist plays a different interpritation of this piece. Valentina Igoshina’s performance might not quite satisfy your auditory pallete, and I probably shouldn’t have assumed so. But it is a fact: there is no pre-determined “way” or style of which a Nocturne should be played.

    By the way, I watched the Pianist again. During the scene when Szpilman is found by the lone Nazi soldier and plays Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in Gm, he DOES NOT play the whole piece. It was edited, from the normal 9-10 minute performance of the whole piece down to about 5 minutes. The cut out the the BEST PART of the piece. Gosh.

    • While they may have cut out the best part of the piece, the movie makers still created a powerful film moment. Nothing is really lost, not in the service of the movie.

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