Hi again everyone! I’m back with another post for you all.
Assignment Description and Thoughts:
For our third and final assignment in my Media Criticism class we were to review our peers blog posts, which was something I was very much looking forward to. And let me tell you, I was not let down by my peers. They were very critical as well as personal with their readers, making it a fun assignment for me to do. According to Dr. Nichols and our Blog Assignment #3 assignment sheet, we were to comment on our peers Blog Assignment #2 post that analyzed a media text of choice. Our comment was to include what we enjoyed about the post, what we learned, what we previously knew about the topic that was not gone over along with additional information the writer could add, any disagreements and why and finally how the writer could improve. I think peer editing and critiquing is vital, to learn from someone who is in the situation with you, around the same age with similar experiences. Below are comments I left on three of my peer’s blog posts.
Brandon L.: https://loftinmediacriticism.wordpress.com
“You did a great job at introducing Media Criticism and how impactful media is in our everyday lives; how much media affects us and our behavior and many times we are not even aware. I also enjoyed that you mentioned the creators of ‘Westworld’, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. I also appreciated that you stated the three different types of Narrative Criticism, giving readers the opportunity to investigate further about Narrative Criticism. I certainly learned much more about lighting and the different color hues in scenes inevitably creating a mood or instilling feelings in viewers; I did not see or consider a blue or orange tint at first glance. Also, generally when I think of lighting I’m thinking about actual lighting or shadows, not color tints, which is now something new for me to keep an eye out for. Discussing the Visualist Approach is important because consumers should be aware that simply the visuals, something that many people look past and do not analyze, is meant to create emotions in viewers. One could think, why do I feel sad watching this? It could be a sad media text, but also could be due to the visual aspects intentionally done by producers. I would’ve liked to read a bit more about Semiotics to open the topic of Media Criticism. Although, you did a great job explaining how important it is to recognize media and its effects on us. Overall, this was a fantastic blog post on Media Criticism.”
Zhanae A.: https://mediacritcom.wordpress.com/
“Zhanae, I really enjoyed reading your blog post. Right off the bat it is very eye appealing, the way you broke it down into sections. You did an awesome job at breaking down and explaining our class, Media Criticism, Media Criticism as a discipline and the purpose of it all. I think having the statistic from Pew regarding media usage and Facebook really gave you credibility and showed the force in which media has on us daily and non-stop. I learned more about Propp’s 8-character roles especially now having read how you applied it to ‘Homeland’ really helped me to further understand the concept and be able to apply it to characters in show that I watch and how it creates a new dynamic; how it can intertwine with the theme. In this case being the “good versus evil binary” you mentioned. Maybe adding more info on Propp, who he is and his work would be a good addition to your post. Ending with the “what now” I thought was a great way to close. It came full circle to encompass everything you discussed as well as reinforced the importance of analyzing media texts as the last sentence the reader ends with, having that stick in their mind in hopes readers too will be more critical. Overall, this was a great blog post and I very much enjoyed reading.”
Taylor M.: https://taylormathauer.wordpress.com/
“Taylor, I very much enjoyed reading your blog post. It was upbeat, professional, but also very personable which made it very easy to stay interested and attentive when reading. That is a very good skill to have when writing, the ability to keep the readers interest. Using Modern Family was a great choice, due to it being a modern show, with non-traditional family dynamics. This is also something you mentioned, the three types of family dynamics in this media text, breaking it down for readers to better understand the show, but also to remind readers of different family types opposed to just the traditional family seen in media texts. Giving the definition of media criticism was a nice touch and way to introduce the topic. You relating with the reader, that the definition is a bit difficult to understand at first but broke it down nicely for readers to be able to better digest what media criticism is. Stating the idea that the camera being tight on someone’s face, for this Claire and Alex, creates intimacy is not something that I considered before; I learned to now think about a tight shot and if the purpose is to create intimacy and make it personal for the viewer. The only thing I could see that you could add that would give viewers more info, is a short background on the other Narrative Analysis approaches; Aristotelian and Structuralist. Ending by reminding the reader to keep on a “critical lens” on is very important; it is the last thing they read so something they will remember. You did a great job expressing the importance of being critical. Overall, this was a great blog post and I really enjoyed reading!”
Wrapping it up:
All in all, I have learned countless new ideas and tools taking Media Criticism with Dr. Nichols and my peers. Not only have I learned new skills to apply when analyzing media, but also how to stay critical and continue to analyze the things I see, hear, feel and experience. I enjoyed very much using a blog for class. It provided me opportunity to write freely and I value writing and language to a very deep degree. We were also provided the space to make a lot of our own executive decisions, from the design on our page to the topics we discussed. It was also enjoyable to see my classmates’ blogs and get a better taste of who they are as individuals.