Green Media Schedule, Spring 2017

Outline may change, please check back regularly 
Featured Vlogs

Jan 31/Feb 2: Week 1
1.1
review syllabus, schedule, UBlearns
watch Abuela Grillo, The Animation Workshop, vimeo, info

1.2
Introduction

Feb 7/9: Week 2
2.1  and 2.2

MATERIAL for both classes here
Topic: How Media Represents: focus on Games
Media: Oiligarchy, 2008 Molleindustria: World without oil, 2007, Ekland, McGonigal et al.
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 1
Assignments:

  • Journal Post: Question – Are games a good way to make social commentary? Why?
  • Quiz – see UBlearns – it is on Klein chapter 1
  • Group Video Blog: Topic – introduce your group

Feb 14/16: Week 3
3.1
Media: Gasland, 2010, Josh Fox (102 mins)
Reading for this week: Klein, “This Changes Everything” (TCE), chapter 1
Assignment: Journal Post: Question on Gasland: What most struck you about the movie? story, image, frame, person, information, camera style – be as specific as possible.

3.2
Media: Gasland (cont)
How media represents: focus on Documentary
Assignments: Quiz (see UBlearns), Group Video Blog: Topic : What are the current state of frack acts in US, in NY state? Find out and report.

Feb 21/23: Week 4

4.1
Media: When the Levees Broke, Part I, 2006, Spike Lee, (~ 1 hr)
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 3
Assignment: Journal Post: Question on When the Levees Broke: What most struck you about the movie? story, image, frame, person, information, camera style – be as specific as possible.

4.2
Media representations of Environmental Disasters
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic: Is the climate of Buffalo changing? Are the winters on average less severe? Find out and report. Include some kind of representation of the data.

Feb 28/ Mar 2: Week 5
5.1
Media Art and Environmentalism, E-waste
Reading for this Week: Klein, TCE, chapter 4 AND Gabrys, Digital Rubbish, chap 2, Ephemeral Screens, electronic version available on library course reserve:
Assignment: Journal Post: Question: Which art project shown today were you must interested in and why? Analyze how/why the art project worked or did not work. Be as specific as possible.

5.2
Cognition, psychology, media
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic

Chibeom (Andy) Bae: How much trash is actually in the cycle of the Pacific Ocean and how long would it actually take to clean all the trash from the ocean? Is it actually a possible to remove all trash or is it an impossible problem?

Or

Various: In the project The Hive, how does the connection between the bees and the installation work? Are the bees harmed?

Mar 7/9: Week 6
6.1
Devastation and Beauty : Reattuning the Mind
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 5 AND MacDonald, “The ecocinema experience,” in Ecocinema Theory and Practice, pp 18-20, electronic version available on library course reserve:
Assignment: Journal Post: Question: Scott McDonald argues that retraining our perception is a precondition for environmental consciousness but David Ingram suggests that the films McDonald promotes are only accessible for trained viewers and can never be popular – who do you agree with and why?

6.2
Media: Deseret (~1 hr 20) by James Benning, 1995 CLASS ONLINE
Assignments: Quiz, NOTE: will include questions on Deseret

Group Video Blog: Topic find an advertisement that uses nature to sell its products OR find social media campaigns messages that promote environmental awareness and post them. You DO NOT need to make a video of your own this week.

Mar 14/16: Week 7
7.1
Media: Ads, social media campaigns
Reading for this Week: Klein, TCE, chapter 6
Assignment: Journal Post: Question: Pick one of the advertisements that we looked at in class (default is the Monsanto advertisement), to make its meaning/impact, what specific references, connotations, associations did it use? Did it appeal to affect, emotion, reason and specifically how?
Student Ad Choices

7.2
Communicating climate change: Media Campaigns: Greenwashing
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic TBA

SPRING BREAK

Mar 28/30: Week 8
8.1
Media: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015, George Miller (2 hours)
Reading for this week:  Klein, TCE, chapter 7 (?) AND The Ecofeminism of Mad Max by Sarah Mirk: OPTIONAL Mad Max Fury Road: A Savage Masterpiece of Eco-feminist Violence by faustusnotes.
Assignment: Journal Post: Question: Pick an example of Mass Media (Movie, TV, Game) that has an environmental message/theme/slant and explain how the media work constructed this theme both in terms of content and form. You cannot use Mad Max Fury Road.

8.2
Mad Max (cont’d)
Ecofeminism. Mass Media and the Environment.
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Using the “retraining perception” style that Scott McDonald identifies (week 6) shoot a video that draws attention to the environmental damage done by vehicles that burn fossil fuel.

April 4/6: Week 9
9.1
Media: BBC Beautiful Minds: James Lovelock
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 8
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA

9.2
Role of Media in Earth System Science, Geoengineering,
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic TBA

April 11/13: Week 10
10.1
Media: The Yes Men
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 9
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA
*** START Playing: Never Alone ***

10.2
Media and Eco-Activism
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic TBA

April 17/19: Week 11
11.1
Media: The Forgotten Space, 2012, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch (1 hr 52) OR BBC, Planet Earth, Episode 1 (50 mins), Alastair Fothergill, 2006
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 10 AND Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, “The Forgotten Space: Notes for a Film,” New Left Review 69 (May-June 2011)
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA

11.2
Media: The Forgotten Space (contd)
Sensing and Simulation
Water/Oceans
Animal Tracking podcast, Chips With Everything, The Guardian 2/24/17: https://audio.guim.co.uk/2017/02/24-42081-gdn.chi.170224.ic.Chips.mp3
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog: Topic TBA

April 24/26: Week 12
12.1
Media: Tambien La Lluvia (1 hr 42)
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 11
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA

12.2
Media: Tambien La Lluvia (cont)
Environmental Justice, Media
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog:Topic TBA

May 2/4: Week 13
13.1
Media: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki, (1 hr 58)
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 12
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA

13.2
Media: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (cont)
microbes, food, soil
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog:Topic TBA

May 9/11: Week 14
14.1
Media: Never Alone, E-line Media (2015)
Reading for this week: Klein, TCE, chapter 13 AND Vivanco, “Penguins are good to think with,” Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 5 (might want to change this to the Disney one)
Assignment: Journal Post: Question TBA

14.2
Wrap Up
Assignments: Quiz, Group Video Blog:Topic TBA

 

 

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