Archive for April, 2010

Links for class

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

this wednesday

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

For this Wednesday, please complete the readings posted for April 26 here (plus the film review I handed out in class).

Also, please post a few pictures and some fieldnotes from your research on your blogs so we can talk about your projects in detail on Wednesday in class.

Link of the Week

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Announcement of a new online journal on visual academics!

Welcome to Audiovisual Thinking

We are happy to announce the launch and Call for Videos of the online journal Audiovisual Thinking, the world’s first journal of academic videos.

Audiovisual Thinking is a pioneering forum where academics and educators can articulate, conceptualize and disseminate their research about audiovisuality and audiovisual culture through the medium of video.

International in scope and multidisciplinary in approach, the purpose of Audiovisual Thinking is to develop and promote academic thinking in and about all aspects of audiovisuality and audiovisual culture.

Advised by a board of leading academics and thinkers in the fields of audiovisuality, communication and the media and hosted by Copenhagen University, the journal seeks to set the standard for academic audiovisual essays now and in the future.

Video submissions are welcome from all fields of study and, as one would expect, the main criteria for submissions are that the discussion and thinking are conveyed through audiovisual means.

The call for videos is now open!

For more information, please contact the editors: Inge (on behalf of the editorial board)

Paid summer and fall internships with leading indy media groups

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The message below is from the folks at the Media Consortium about paid internships in summer and fall. Have a look and maybe some of you are inspired to apply?


Hi all,
I’m incredibly excited to announce that applications are now open for Summer and Fall 2010 sessions of our Independent Media Internship program. IMI is a full-time program that places undergrad and graduate students committed to smart, independent journalism with Media Consortium members for 3 months. The Media Consortium provides interns with a $2,000 stipend for their work.

This is an incredible opportunity for young media makers to gain valuable experience. If you know of a student or recent graduate who should apply, please encourage them to apply here: We also encourage you to forward this on to other listservs, etc.

NOTE: This application form is open to both Summer and Fall 2010 applicants. Please help us spread the word far and wide!

Interns will be placed with the following places for the Summer session:

Women’s Media Center
The Nation Institute
Applied Research Center
Campus Progress

If there are any questions, contact

TMC’s Independent Media Internship program places students and recent grads who are passionate about independent media with TMC member outlets. The program is geared towards hands-on learning and mentorship in a variety of media fields (audio, video, print, online). We’re investing in our sector’s future by nurturing tomorrow’s journalists.
TMC will fund interns through a stipend of $2,000 over twelve 32-hour work weeks. Over this three month period, interns will complete one or more major editorial projects, have weekly duties (including fact-checking, research, writing and media production) and meet with top editors and reporters for mentoring sessions.

Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of college or have completed undergrad or grad school within the last year. We are place a high priority on maintaining a non-discriminatory environment and recruiting interns from diverse background.

Erin Polgreen
Senior Program Associate
The Media Consortium

Links for class on April 21

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

More Propaganda

Posters from World War II

Posters of World War II in the Truman Libraray

Posters from the USSR

Erroll Morris in the NYT

Part 1: It Was All Started by a Mouse

Part 2: Thought Experiment #2

this week

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Please find the reading for this Wednesday posted under “readings” on this page.

As discussed in class today, you should start your fieldwork this week (if you haven’t done so yet). There will be another journal entry due next week with fieldnotes and your first pictures / visuals from your project.

Also, make sure to complete all missing blog entries — I will grade your blogs for the second time by the end of next week.

Please check this post for the Student Technology Survey.

Links for class, April 19

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Trailer for “Exit through the Gift Shop

Banksy: The Punking of Paris Hilton

Benksy: Palestinian Wall


* Leni Riefenstahl

Prologue to “Olympia” (start at 4:30min)

Olympia “Diving Scene”

Interactive website by PBS’ Culture Shock on Leni Riefenstahl

Take the Student Technology Survey

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The following message is from the folks of the Center for Teaching & Learning. Please help them out by taking the survey! Thanks.

We are interested in the kinds of technology students, like you, use in your personal and academic lives. This survey also contains questions about your experiences with technology in your classes, and your preferences when it comes to using technology as a learning tool. Your responses will help us design better learning environments for our students and develop specialized training opportunities for our faculty.  

By visiting the survey site, all Queens College students are eligible to enter in a drawing with prizes including one iPod Touch and ten $10 iTunes gift cards.

Thanks for your help in improving instructional technology at Queens!

In-class assignment for April 12

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Media activism and political art

Please find your group number below and explore the organization assigned to you. Together with your partner for this entry, write a blog entry of 2-3 paragraphs answering the following questions:

– what is the main goal/objective of the organization or group? in what ways do members try to achieve their goals?

– as far as you can tell: who are the members of this group? who can join, and how?

– from their self-presentation on website, how do you think this group is organized and makes decision?

– what type of activism does this group do, and what do you think about it?

– would you join this group; why or why not?

Also, post a link to your favorite artwork / video / article from the group on your blog.

GROUP 1 ~ Papertiger TV Collective (see also their vlog)

 GROUP 2 ~ The Yes Men and here ~ also, look for Yes Men videos on youtube!

 GROUP 3 ~ Indymedia ~ look for photos and videos on the website!

 GROUP 4 ~ Deep Dish

next week

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

For next week, please complete the readings posted here.

Also, on Wednesday next week another blog entry is due. The assignment is posted here.

If you haven’t done so yet, please complete posting comments on your group’s (see here) last two blog entries: Visual Exploration and Ethical Guidelines.