Thursday, April 21, 2011

Presentation Schedule and such...

Looking forward to your final project presentations in class during the last two weeks of class. Each group will present for 10-15 minutes (the timer will go off at 15 to cut you off.) Remember that your project has two parts: the presentation and the blog post (refer to the handout with rubric that I handed out in class for specific instructions). I have high expectations for your blog post so make it rich, detailed, hyperlinked, imaged, creative, informative, engaging, resourceful, and insightful!!

Kayla has invited all of you to be authors on the Final Projects blog. If you haven't received an invitation and accepted it, you will not be able to post your final project so email Kayla is you need help!

Per our conversation in class last week, here is the schedule for the last two weeks of class.

Tuesday, April 26
4-4:30 Course evaluations
4:30-4:45 Diana's group
4:50-5:05 Blue & Melissa's group
5:10-5:25 Deirdre and Lexi's group
5:30-5:45 Jane's group
5:45-5:55 BREAK
5:55-6:10 Jess' group
6:15-6:30 Amanda's group
6:35-6:50 Ron's group

Tuesday, May 3
4:00-6:00 T-Pain Discussion (Student Union Ballroom)
6:15-6:30 Jasmine's group (back in the classroom)
6:35-6:50 Dante's group

Looking forward to it!!!

LB :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More on the domestic violence issues we talked about a few weeks ago...

We talked in class a few weeks ago about issues of violence, blame, culture and misogyny in relation to the Chris Brown/Rihanna assault. Then just last week, we talked about the constructions of boy culture and girl culture in our society, namely "boys will be boys" and "good girl-ness."

These two clips seemed to be appropriate fuel to our academic fire...

First, recent Chris Brown interview on Good Morning America ends with CB outraged, throwing a chair out of his dressing room window. He reports being very angry that people keep bringing up an incident that happened two years ago.

Then, a response that questions why Chris Brown is so angry and what historical burdens Black artists have faced.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Very cool videos

Just want to share these amazing short films... all about how media representation and beauty culture influence how we think about ourselves and each other.

You can view them for free until the end of this month using the password: Body Typed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Good Girls, Take II

See my blog from last week for info on the texts for this week. Also, please note that you can watch Atalanta here rather than buying the track on itunes.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

OOOPPS!!! Final Project Week!

Hi all,

NOTE: Thanks to Diana for finding my brain... I totally skipped a week on the syllabus when I put my blog up on Thursday. Please postpone your Good Girl reading and watching for this week. Rather we will be working on Final Projects in class. (Sorry about any confusion!)

For your blog post this week, I want you to brainstorm about ideas that might be spinning around in your brain for a final project. For this last assignment, you need to choose some topic that relates directly to issues of Teenagers in/and the Media. It should be something about how teenagers are represented -- in other words, what the media teaches us about teenagers. Or it can be something about how teenagers represent themselves. (Think of GLEE week as an example of the type of thing you might take up on your own.)

Suggestions: You could look at teens and video game culture, teenage sexuality (how they learn about it in sex ed/media), the prom, the mall, teen magazines, teenagers and tattoo culture, teen representation on Degrassi (or any other show), reps of gay teens, teens and social class, pre-teen culture (tweens), etc etc.

These are just a few examples of things that interest me. But your project needs to interest you!

I am hoping that most of you will choose to do this in partners or groups. Though I won't force anyone to work on a topic they don't like so if you need to work alone, I will let you. You final project will be something digital (powerpoint, movie, pictures, etc), something written (not a full paper, just a handout or other materials to teach us what you have learned) and a presentation in class. Details in class on Tuesday...

So for your blog post, explore a few topics. Post pictures, links and write out your possible ideas. Do some research about the area you are interested in. Be as deep and through as you can and we will work for these posts in class on Tuesday!

See you then...

LB :)