Thursday, March 31, 2011

Good Girls

Hi folks,

Per the syllabus, your texts for this week are three:

1) Tolman and Higgins, How Being a Good Girl an Be Bad for Girls

Read carefully and make sure that you can answer the title question. What do Tolman and Higgins say about the dangers of being a "good girl?"

2) Watch Alice in Wonderland (the recent Johnny Depp version -- this is where the Netflix part of the course expenses kicks in, though you can watch it anyway you can find it!)

Here I want you to think about how Alice resist the pull of good-girl-ness. How does she challenge the expections of being a young, white woman who follows the rules? And like we discussed during GLEE week, what happens to her in the end? is she punished for her efforts to resist? Is she rewarded for her rebellion?

3) Listen to the children's story called "Atalanta" from the Free to Be You and Me album (available on itunes for $.99).

This album was released in 1972 just in the heart of second wave feminism. What does it teach us about what it means to be a good girl and what costs are involved?

On you blog, connect these three texts in some way to explain Tolman and Higgins' claims and use Alice and Atalanta as examples.

See ya Tuesday!

LB :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hip Hop Pedagogy

Hey folks,

This week in class we will have a guest speaker, Marco McWillliams, who will help us explore hip hop culture in the United States and how it relates to the questions of media representation, power and privilege that we have been asking this semester. To prepare for his session, we will divide into four groups and each group will read one of the very short but dense articles by Dr. Jared Ball that are linked on the side of my blog. (You can certainly read all four if you want to!)

You are accountable to your group members here, so please read carefully (and use the hyperlinks he includes to help clarify issues you don't understand). Further, you are demonstrating your smartness and curiosity to our guest speaker by being well prepared as well, so show off a little. :)

Jared Ball, Hip Hop I

Jared Ball, Hip Hop II
Jessica G.
Jessica K.

Jared Ball, Hip Hop III

Jared Ball, Hip Hop IV

(NOTE: The images above are just examples of the rising scholarship around hip hop... they are not directly related to the readings)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Two more ways to watch GLEE

Hmmmmm... not many blogs are up yet. Really hoping everyone will be prepared for class tomorrow. Grrrrrr... :(

Here are two more ways to watch glee online:

Never Been Kissed or Here (via Blue)
Never Been Kissed/Furt (on Amazon)
Never Been Kissed/Furt (search on itunes)

Check out Lexi's Blog for a great analysis rich with quotes and detail...

See you all tomorrow!

LB :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some GLEE resources to check out....

After you read my post below with advice on watching and writing about GLEE this week, you might also check out these resources I found just poking around online:

Glee Resources:

Overview and analysis from The Daily Beast

Feminist Analysis: Top Five Problems with GLEE

Review of Never Been Kissed

LGBT Themes in GLEE

Talking to Teens about GLEE

Episode Summary: Never Been Kissed

Episode Summary: Furt


Hey folks,

Hope you had a great break and were as restful or productive as you needed it to be.

So excited to talk about GLEE this week in class. Check out Kayla's Blog for links to the Pilot Episode. There are also links to Never Been Kissed (season 2, episode 6) and Furt (season 2, episode 8) on

But if you go to HULU you will not be able to watch them in full unless you join HuluPlus for a ONE WEEK FREE TRIAL. (This is because these episodes are in the current season of the show.) Signing up will not cost you any money as long as you cancel your membership within a week. But it does require you to sign up with a credit card. It took me 3 minutes to do it. Literally.

If anyone found other sites, please post them as well.

Once you watch all three episodes, please post on your blog about them. Use the tools we have already developed in class including the three assumptions of the course, Raby's dominant discourses of youth, Grinner's SCWAAMP, or Christensen's "secret education" to talk about what this show teaches us about teenagers. I am not so interested in whether you like the show, or if it is realistic, or if you think "teenagers would never do that," etc. I want you to think abut how this show TEACHES US about what is "normal" about teenagers, and how it naturalizes certain ideas about who teenagers are.

Please use examples from Never Been Kissed and Furt in your post.

(I am going to focus class on issues of masculinity and sexuality, so you can put that in your brain as well.)

See ya on Tuesday!

LB :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

More video resources to check out

Hope your Digital Life projects are going well!! Here are some links that might be helpful to you as you work this weekend...

Mike Wesch student projects I showed in class

Great video from Amanda's blog -- great use of data and interesting presentation

Camtasia -- for taking video of your live computer screen

RSA animate project

Check out the other links I posted on the right column with some other software resources to play with as well...

GOOD LUCK!!! And have fun with it!

LB :)