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.

MUSIC VIDEOS

NEW OLD FASHIONED SOUND

Micki Hernandez, Stormie Ray, Kellianne Murray

"I took a trip with Jean Baudrillard. He took me to Disneyland."

STEPHEN HAWKING (DOES NOT COMPUTE)

Ben Marcus and Andrew Roulston

"The revolution will not be tweeted."

STREET ART: CULTURE JAMMING

Akhil Kalepu

"Cultural jamming is a tactic used by social movements …"

PLATO'S CAVE

James Stankunas, Saleena Darrien

"I met her on Twitter…"

HYPERREAL UNPLUGGED

Prince Norfleet

"The signs of the real substitute for the real."

REVEAL THE REVOLUTION

Saleena Darrien, Basem Istanbouli

"Look at me, look at me ... I am the spectacle"

FICTIONAL SHORT FILMS

VIRAL 

Ujan Basu

The electronic virus.

SOUL SUCKING MEDIA

Max Levine

Clever take on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA DEALERS

Leon Pearl, Dorian Garbutt

Need a hit of Facebook? Great final scene!

SIRIOUS SIRI

Tyra Lockhart and Jordan Gold

The Siri aps are great, with a plot just as good as most Hollywood sci-fi films.

THE AUTHENTIC FAKE

Sam Rothermel, Justin Nazario

How did they create these images?

DOCUMENTARY

THE MEME OF BEAUTY

Jade Franks

Poetic take on celebrities and beauty.

CELEBRITY TUTORIAL

Erin Lynch, James Kenvin

Faux documentary on becoming a micro-celebrity.

FACEBOOK IS WATCHING 

Bianca Tentarelli, Sayaka Soto

What is Facebook for?

PARODY

GADGET MAN

Cosmo Orlando, Gus Kenion

Love and iPhones; great cinematography.

THE MATRIX CULTIVATION THEORY

Brendan Curry, Shannon Abraham

"Hello Leo … I am here to help you discover the truth."