Category Archives: Media English, Spring 2012

  • Homework for the Coming Week

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Folks, We met on 8 March for the first time, and discussed our need to formulate a plan for this class. Your homework for Tuesday, March 13th will include presenting your 10 minute presentation of a plan for the semester. We will discuss, and I will make a final decision. For Thursday, March 15th, I […]

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  • Discussing Kony 2012

    Posted on March 13, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Folks, Today (March 13) we watched the Kony 2012 video: … and briefly discussed the “narratives” we saw in it. Your homework for March 15 is as follows: Watch the video again. Write 500 words about your opinion on this “documentary”. Write the 500 words before you do steps 3 and 4. Read the following […]

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  • More Videos To Watch

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    First, a funny one about “Shit White People Say After Watching #Kony2012”: A wonderful video by a Ugandan(-American?) woman: And a more serious film titled THE THING THAT HAPPENED, which is about Hope North, a Ugandan aid organization working with the victims of the conflict involving Kony:

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  • Seven Steps

    Posted on March 19, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    In response to the Kony 2012 video, Ethiopian writer Solome Lemma posted a very useful article titled “Before You Give, Think!” which includes a seven step process I’d say is useful for any media. Check out her recommended seven steps here. Also, please be sure to check out the other videos I’ve posted below… By […]

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  • For 27/29 March

    Posted on March 25, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Last class, we began our discussion of the sitcom as a medium. My contention was that sitcoms are a powerful medium for communicating certain kinds of messages about the world — political and cultural messages, aesthetic values and more. We watched (and discussed) an episode of Modern Family, which you should have re-watched and should […]

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  • Our Department’s Page on Facebook

    Posted on March 28, 2012 by mrgord in Creative Writing, Spring 2012, Listening & Speaking 1, Spring 2012, Media English, Spring 2012, Public Speaking 1, Spring 2012, Understanding Anglophone Popular Cultures, Spring 2012.

    Please join the CUK English Language & Culture Dept. page on Facebook.  You will get announcements about events, department news, and more. Even if you’re not a ELC major, it’s a great way to get news while you’re taking classes in our department (and you can quit later).

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  • Week 5 Group’s Materials

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Folks, A quick update about Week 5 Group’s plans for next week, when we will be discussing censorship. On Tuesday, 3 April, we will have small group discussions considering the question of censorship in the media, but especially censorship online. For Tuesday, read these articles and think about them. A couple of questions from the […]

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  • Watch it!!!

    Posted on April 4, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    This is the video for Thursday’s discussion!

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  • For Week 6

    Posted on April 6, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Folks, In week 6 (10/12 April) we will return to the subject of Week 4: the sitcom as a political construct. On 10 April, the two hours of our class will consist of your presentations of proposed sitcom casts and potential storylines, as if you are trying to sell the concept to a network. On […]

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  • Syllabus

    Posted on April 6, 2012 by mrgord in Media English, Spring 2012.

    Folks, I just discovered that this post, which was written a few weeks ago, was not posted publicly. That means you didn’t get to see your syllabus, and that’s bad. I’m reposting it so you can see it, and download your syllabus for this course. Apologies! ***** (Original Post: “Published” (but not published!) 26 March […]

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