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#9. Reflecting on the Semester

As the Fall semester draws to a close, this seems like a fitting time for one final blog assignment. In a short (3-4 paragraph) blog posting, please address the following four topics: #1. What are your plans for next semester … Continue reading

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Blog #5. Video Trailer Project

In your video editing project, you are using video editing software to remix a trailer for the movie (or television program) of your choosing. This assignment is intended to deepen your media literacy skills by encouraging you to: explore connections … Continue reading

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Blog #4. Deconstructing movie trailers and recut movie trailers

All of the lectures, work and readings in this class can be classified according to at least one of the following categories: theories related to the interpretation and analysis of media content (e.g., semiotics, psychoanalysis, genre theory, film theory, narrative), … Continue reading

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Blog Assignment #5. Memes

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a meme as “a cultural element or behavioural trait whose transmission and consequent persistence in a population, although occurring by non-genetic means (esp. imitation), is considered as analogous to the inheritance of a gene.” According … Continue reading

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Key concepts related to semiotics

For many people, the vocabulary of semiotics is entirely new. The readings introduce scores of new terms, and you are not expected to master all of these terms. As you dig into the readings, you should make sure that you have a … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad as a situation comedy

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Terrific blog posting on “food porn”

As mentioned in class, I’ve linked Gastronomica‘s round-table discussion as an optional reading on TLEARN. If you’re interested in reading further on this topic, you might want to check out the Skinny Gourmet’s posting “What is food porn?” The following excerpt … Continue reading

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Blog Assignment #2. Manipulative media techniques (Due before 9/14)

In the Klosterman reading assigned for 9/12, the author argues that laugh tracks are used to convince audiences that they should laugh at things that aren’t really funny. Whether or not they are effective, the use of laugh tracks is … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

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Blog Assignment #1. Introduction

Your first blog assignment is due no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday (8/26). In a short (4-5 paragraph) blog posting, please introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you? How did you end up in this … Continue reading

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