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What Media Classes Really Want to Discuss: A Student Guide
     

What Media Classes Really Want to Discuss: A Student Guide

by Greg Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0415778123

ISBN-13: 9780415778121

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

You probably already have a clear idea of what a "discussion guide for students" is: a series of not-very-interesting questions at the end of a textbook chapter. Instead of triggering thought-provoking class discussion, all too often these guides are time-consuming and ineffective.

This is not that kind of discussion guide.

What Media Classes Really Want

Overview

You probably already have a clear idea of what a "discussion guide for students" is: a series of not-very-interesting questions at the end of a textbook chapter. Instead of triggering thought-provoking class discussion, all too often these guides are time-consuming and ineffective.

This is not that kind of discussion guide.

What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss focuses on topics that introductory textbooks generally ignore, although they are prominent in students’ minds. Using approachable prose, this book will give students a more precise critical language to discuss “common sense” phenomena about media.

The book acknowledges that students begin introductory film and television courses thinking they already know a great deal about the subject. What Media Classes Really Want To Discuss provides students with a solid starting point for discussing their assumptions critically and encourages the reader to argue with the book, furthering the 'discussion' on media in everyday life and in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415778121
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
247,350
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii

1 "It's just a movie": why you should analyze film and television 1

Part I Discussing how media work 11

2 What is realism, really? 13

3 How do we identify with characters? 35

4 Genre shmenre 52

Part II Discussing media and society 69

5 "Studies show": how to understand media violence/effects research 71

6 Role models and stereotypes: an introduction to the "Other" 88

Part III Discussing media's future now 115

7 What difference does a medium make? 117

8 What is interactivity? 135

Index 154

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