Thanks again to everyone for their thoughtful suggestions on the graduate course I’ll be teaching in the spring, “Using Technology in the Language Arts Classroom.” I’m still working through ideas but will incorporate many of your suggestions. I’m also becoming even more excited about the “Fayetteville Project” idea. More on that in the next few days, hopefully. For now, though, a few links:
- First, from Smashing Magazine, 30 Unforgettable Movie Title Sequences. As you might imagine, Saul Bass makes a number of appearances. One notable exception off the top of my head: the opening to Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tennenbaums, a great mix of Alec Baldwin’s storybook narration, the montage of character introductions, and the Mutato Muzika Orchestra’s ”Hey Jude.” But like them, I’m a big fan of those stylized ’60s animated sequences (Charade, Psycho, North by Northwest).
- Speaking of opening sequences, Sujewa posted the opening nine minutes of his documentary, Indie Film Bloggers Road Trip, on YouTube. I’m featured in the movie, and here’s my take on the documentary and my experience of watching myself. Just FYI, I don’t appear in this section of the movie.
- Patrick Ruffini of techPres has an interesting post on the role of Twitter in mediating the internet, arguing that the microblogging service has become “an outpost that favors the scrappy, authentic outsiders.” I’m not quite sure I buy the metaphor. After all, there are relative power hierarchies on Twitter, just like anywhere else, but I also think the focus on popularity may obscure some of the other, more important, aspects of just how Twitter functions within multiple, overlapping internet groupings.
- J.D. Lasica has a pointer to Mark Glaser’s MediaShift post on alternative business models for newspapers. The financial crisis of the newspaper industry is well-documented, but at the same time, it’s impossible to dismiss the importance of a vibrant, critical newspaper industry with energetic local reporting. Glaser covers a number of challenges, classified advertising revenue lost to free services such as Craigslist, and potential alternatives, such as crowdfunding and hyper-localized ads. As Lasica notes, there are no silver bullets here, but Glaser offers a thoughtful overview of some of the more prominent models. On a related note, Tama Leaver points out a New York Times article on The Media is Dying, a Twitter feed about the decline of the media industry founded by an anonymous public relations worker.
- Tama also led me to this list of the ten most pirated movies of 2008. No surprise that the most pirated film involved a certain caped crusader, but that’s also not necessarily evidence that piracy isn’t a problem. what is surprising: Iron Man, despite being a major youth-oriented blockbuster, didn’t make the top ten. The Bank Job, a film I barely remember, did.
- Finally, Georgia State University media scholar, Alissa Perren, has joined the media studies blogosphere with Media Industries (and Other Stuff). The blog also mentions a book she co-edited with Jennifer Holt, Media Industries, coming out from Wiley-Blackwell Press. the collection features articles by Henry Jenkins, Joshua Green, Toby Miller, Michelle Hilmes, and Thomas Schatz, among others.