tv course

thanks to all who responded about the tv course! the suggestions seem great and i will definitely pursue them. anya asked me to give more ideas about scope and big issues i want to focus on - here they are in my jetlagged state (yes, that's right - i was away without email access for a whole ten days!... this was both traumatizing and liberating... hmmm....)

broadly, i'm desigining the course around the ideas of "tv with, for and by youth"... more specifically, i want the course to be able to meet a variety of student needs:
  • understanding youth as producers of media (including tv)
  • designing television and media for youth audiences
  • representations of youth on television
  • the role of television and related media in the lives of youth

also, if anyone has read steven berlin johnson's everything bad is good for you, i'd love some thoughts on the book. i'm still waiting for my copy!


Joolz said...

I think you would find Julian Sefton Greens research and publications interesting. he is a really nice guy and I am sure you could e mail him:http://wac.co.uk/jsg/

I am halfway through the johnson book and it is interesting. it is written as a journalistic piece rather than 'academic' book in its strictest sense. Frankly I enjoyed that for a change. I think he writes accessibly and i agree with him in his views; he summarises big arguments in quite a palettable way and you will read throuh nodding agreement rather than saying 'Wow! That's a new idea.'
However he did say some stuf about reality tv I had not considered and really want to think about. i a hoing to blog about this soon, but basically he talked about how we watch players in reality tv trying to discern the rules. Rather than is as assumed the audience does not watch in order t enjoy people being humiliated; rather we are intersted in seeing how they negotiate through a maze of unknown rules in a similar way to players of computer games. So yeah, I like this book so far!!

Marc Lamont Hill said...

everything bad is good for you. hmmm. never heard of that book but it seems up my alley. i look forward to reading it. i agree that sefton-green's work is worth checking out.