TOP STUDENT VIDEOS
Scroll down to links for the top "critical videos" produced by students in my "Media and Society" course (from 2010-2013).
Students were required to create a 3-5 minute video that critiqued media and society using one or more of four "media models" used in my text anthology: Media Environments. The four media models are:
1. The meme: ideas, beliefs or behaviors that can be replicated, copied, and passed along among humans; spreads like a virus.
2. The network: the global network of links and connectivity that is central to media structure and power.
3. The spectacle: when the image becomes divorced from or more important than the reality it represents; ex: virtually all of television, celebrity culture, social media, and so on.
4. The hyperreal: when the signs of the real substitute for the real; ex: NFL, Disneyland, Vegas.
The videos could be in the form of a music video, short fictional film, documentary, or parody. The students worked in teams of 2-3 people and the videos were shot and edited on whatever technologies the students had available. Keep in mind, my courses are not "production" courses, so the grades are primarily based on the ideas first, then the production qualities. To view videos, click on title in orange.
Micki Hernandez, Stormie Ray, Kellianne Murray
"I took a trip with Jean Baudrillard. He took me to Disneyland."
Ben Marcus and Andrew Roulston
"The revolution will not be tweeted."
"Cultural jamming is a tactic used by social movements …"
James Stankunas, Saleena Darrien
"I met her on Twitter…"
"The signs of the real substitute for the real."
Saleena Darrien, Basem Istanbouli
"Look at me, look at me ... I am the spectacle"
FICTIONAL SHORT FILMS
The electronic virus.
Clever take on Facebook and Twitter.
Leon Pearl, Dorian Garbutt
Need a hit of Facebook? Great final scene!
Tyra Lockhart and Jordan Gold
The Siri aps are great, with a plot just as good as most Hollywood sci-fi films.
Sam Rothermel, Justin Nazario
How did they create these images?
Poetic take on celebrities and beauty.
Erin Lynch, James Kenvin
Faux documentary on becoming a micro-celebrity.
Bianca Tentarelli, Sayaka Soto
What is Facebook for?
Cosmo Orlando, Gus Kenion
Love and iPhones; great cinematography.
Brendan Curry, Shannon Abraham
"Hello Leo … I am here to help you discover the truth."