Welcome to 2012 #K12Media!

04 Jan

Welcome back to a new year of #K12Media chats! We’re hoping that together we’ll continue to explore the diverse range of topics that media studies offer. This week’s topics reflect our previous discussions on the Key Concepts of Media Literacy, and we look forward to seeing which topic piques your interest.

Hot Topic 1: For Your Consideration

It’s January and awards season has arrived in Hollywood. The first big awards show that is televised for a major audience is the Golden Globes, airing Sunday January 15. It’s often seen as an indicator of which movies will score at the Academy Awards, Sunday February 26. From the hosts to what’s worn on the red carpet, from nominations to acceptance speeches—there is much to discuss about the look of the show and its construction as a media product, a media product which is reflecting the tastes of people who are responsible for the creation and promotion of motion pictures. How would you include an awards show topic into your classroom—what assignments, discussions, and lessons could be developed? How could a resource like the media triangle be used to see awards shows through a more analytical point of view?

Hot Topic 2: “Mid-Season” Mash-Up

Announcer: The start of television's second most exciting season - midseason - is just two hundred exciting seconds away!

Lisa: Isn't midseason just a dumping ground for second-rate shows that weren't good enough for the fall schedule?

Homer: You're thinking of all the other years.

The Simpsons, "Homer to the Max"

The television networks often use the break between December and January to re-jig their schedules after the ratings from the fall season have been analyzed to see where money is being made and lost. They create a mash-up of sorts—show line-ups are shuffled, shows are moved from one day to the next, all in a bid to attract the most viewers to the network for the longest length of time. Some shows that have high hopes but low ratings may be placed between two shows with higher ratings. Mid-season replacements are often shows that weren’t seen initially as strong enough to compete in the fall; however there can be some real gems (The Simpsons, for one, aired mid-season). What shows should stay, what should go? Who determines the longevity of shows that may have mediocre ratings, but loyal followers? How can the television industry and ratings system be better understood through examining mid-season replacements?  

Hot Topic 3: The Best of 2011/ Predictions for 2012

The end of the year is often a time of reflection and 2011 was no exception. "Best of" lists come out throughout the year, but the year's end is when most are released. Conversely, the beginning of a new year seems to encourage a peek into the crystal ball... what will be the next "big thing" of 2012? How accurate are these lists/predictions? Who creates them? Why? What can these lists/predictions tell us about what we find important/relevant? Do these lists match up with the events, people, places and things that we "like best"? How might these lists be different if our students compiled them? How can we use these kinds of lists in our classrooms?

Make your selection below and we'll see you on Monday January 9 at 8pm!