This class has been one of my favorites this semester. It’s sad that it is coming to an end. The different types of readings we did for this course all jelled together well and kept my interest for this class at a high level. From the food porn readings to the readings on film techniques, they’ve all given me a broader understanding of why certain scenes are shot from a certain angle. The discussions in class provided everyone a chance to try and discover a new angle to analyze common held beliefs.Now that we only have one more class left, I’d like to go over some of the more common conspiracies in today’s society. I think it was interesting the first few days of class when we visited the JFK conspiracies and other conspiracy theories around.My favorite readings from this class were the Chuck Klostermann articles. I had read other articles by him and enjoyed his sense of humor and the analogies he uses to get his point across. The comparisons he made came from left field but after further analysis make complete sense. Because of the media’s ability to create a fake love for actors and singers, men everywhere else will never have a chance with girls. He gave the example of John Cusack taking away his girlfriend because Cusack was simply made to be the best of the best.
Saucer Country was probably my least favorite reading. This does not mean that I did not enjoy it, simply this reading did not appeal to me as much as the other ones. The reason I say this is because I prefer my comics to be either funny or about superheroes. I am in no way discrediting Saucer Country. At the end of the day though, it raises great thought provoking questions that lead to useful discussions. It is easy to argue that even though aliens do not rule the world, at least I hope so, people can speculate and think that a certain group of people does rule the earth. Looking at in a deeper thought, it can be said that the aliens were actually government officials that currently run today’s world. For example, the NSA has admitted to spying on other officials phone calls and they’re probably reading this blog post as well to make sure I don’t say anything bad about them.
Next semester will be very chaotic for me. I would have loved to go study abroad but because of baseball I have no semester I can take off to go experience studying abroad. Baseball, as well as any other sport team, is very time consuming. I don’t know how I’m going to manage taking 18 hours, playing baseball, and working here on campus. I’ll find a way to get through it though, having so many time commitments usually results in better grades for me. It’s weird how that happens but I’m looking forward to it.
With regards to classes for next semester, I really like the idea of having one section talk about heroes and have the other section talk about villains. I think it would be interesting to hear the discussions each section has and at the end of the semester have some friendly competition between the two. I don’t know what they could possibly debate but I’m sure you could figure something fun and creative for them to do. You could also have people within the class choose a side and have debate/discussions within the class. Because the remix trailer project was so fun to do, I think it should be incorporated in the classes next semester so they could gain some knowledge on working with digital media.