Archive for March, 2010

link of the week

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Next blog entry: VISUAL EXPLORATION

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
VISUAL EXPLORATION
Post two pictures on your blog, both relating to the topic of your final project:
* one you have taken yourself
* one you have found somewhere (a historical picture, a family picture, etc). Make sure that you have permission to post the pictures you have “found” and reference their source or origin properly. Here are is a list of links for public domain or creative-sommons licensed content:
Choose meaningful pictures and write a short paragraph each about how they relate to your topic.
Post both pictures and your notes on your blog by Wednesday, March 24, at noon.

links for cc license

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Creative Commons: About (watch video) ~ Choose a license ~ FAQ

Adding a CC mark to WordPress blog

Creative Commons on flickr

Link of the Week

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
By HANK KLIBANOFF
Published: March 19, 2010 in the New York Times
Thoughts on the enduring power of photojournalism — and on the death of Charles Moore, one of its great practitioners.

For next week

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Since you are all working tirelessly on your midterms, there are no new readings assigned for next Monday. Just make sure you complete the readings posted for this week!

If you missed either last class or (the beginning of) class today, please make sure to complete the following:

* write a detailed blog entry about your final project idea. It should be 2+ paragraphs, describing your topic and your possible methodology in as much detail as possible. Please, also add the name of your collaborator, if you have one. (If you work in a group, make sure both of you post your proposal.)

* I have assigned you to a “comment group” (http://vissoc.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/2010/03/17/groups-for-comments/). Find your name on there, and write a comment to the project proposal on both your group members’ blog entries. This comment should be in form of an (intelligent) question or recommendation (Just imagine you had my role for a moment).

* if you had posted your proposal on Monday already, please see the comments from your fellow group mates and write a reply (in form of another comment) as if you would respond to them. Please refer to them personally by their usernames.

I will grade your blogs on Friday for the first time. Grades will be posted on Blackboard.

Keep tagging your blogs! 🙂

Good luck for the midterm! Email me with questions.

Link for class on March 17

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Groups for comments

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

More Extra Credit

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

This weekend, an event called “Left Forum” is happening in New York:
http://www.leftforum.org/
It is the largest gathering of the left in the US, with a large number of panels, workshops, film screenings etc. and drawing left celebrities as speakers (e.g. Jesse Jackson and Noam Chomsky).
Also, the Yes Men will be presenting there this year! (we will talk about them alter in the semester)

See the program here: http://www.leftforum.org/node/393
I encourage everyone interested in left politics to check it out! (If you volunteer two hours of your time you get in for free.)
If you attend a session or workshop, you are welcome to write about as an extra credit assignment for this class.

A few more events at BLUESTOCKINGS for extra credit:

Saturday, March 27th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Discussion: Marcelline Block “Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship”

Come of a panel discussion about the book “Situating the Feminist Gaze and Spectatorship in Postwar Cinema,” a scholarly collection of essays on feminist film theory and contemporary post-feminist media studies. Joining editor Marcelline Block on the panel will be: Izabela Kalinowska, Jeremi Szaniawski, Lisa DeTora, Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly, Amy Woodworth, and Elizabeth Gruber.

Monday, April 5th @ 7PM – $5 Suggested
Screening: “Haiti” (2010, 30 minutes)

Join Jocelyn Perry for a screening and discussion of “Haiti: The Struggle of Humanity,” in which she interviews children in a Haitian orphanage (built by her grandparents’ congregation) about their hopes for the future. Perry is a member of Middle Collegiate Church and has traveled to Iraq and Palestine/Israel with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).

For Wednesday and TO DO

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Your midterm exam is posted below; also the pictures for question #2.

Please make sure you complete the readings marked “Banks Ch. 4” for Wednesday. Also, please read the following (short) articles on copyright and creative commons:
http://blogs.qc.cuny.edu/blogs/blogtutorials/2005/01/understanding_copyright.html
http://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/fairuse.phtml

If you haven’t done so yet, please finish your blog entry about your final project idea. It should be 2+ paragraphs, describing your topic and your possible methodology in as much detail as possible. Please, also add the name of your collaborator, if you have one.
(Have a look at my comments to your earlier posts on the final project, maybe they will be helpful.)

One more TO DO:
I would like to change the way I communicate with you — away from relying on Blackboard (and the qc email addresses) by using the class blog and email addresses of your choice. For that, please do the following:
* sign in to the dashboard of your blog
* click on your name in the upper right corner
* under “contact info”, find your email address. If it’s not the one you would like me to use please change it. (wordpress will send a confirmation email to the new email address, so make sure to find that email and to click on the link listed there)
* stay signed in to your blog. go to our main class blog and add yourself as a user to the blog (see the link on the top of the left sidebar)
After all of you have signed on to the class blog, I will start sending emails through wordpress. Thank you!

Keep adding tags to your blog entries (including previous ones) and watch your tag cloud grow!

Midterm Exam

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Find the handout for the midterm exam here: Midterm Exam Soc 240 Spring 2010. Your responses are due on March 22; a hard copy at the beginning of class. The pictures for question #2 are posted below.