Week 4, Feb 6-10, 2017
CDAE 195 Propaganda, Media Ownership, and Citizen Responsibility
CRN 14637, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Morrill Room 10

Check-In: Attendance, Handouts, Questions?


Wild Child

Read BLUR  6-End (thru page 210) TEST on Book and material to date Week of Feb 27.
NEW ASSIGNMENT: Handout, Chapter 1 from George Lakoff's book Don't Think Of An Elephant.  Will be on Test week of Feb 27.

The Media, or Independent Press has often been called the "Fourth Estate" based on the old medieval European institutions:  The First Estate was the Clergy, the Second Estate the Nobility, the Third Estate Commoners, and the Fourth Estate the independent Press.  See "Estates of the Realm".

One Take on the Political (right-left) and Journalistic Quality, of some Common Media from http://imgur.com:7xHaUXf.png

Propaganda Techniques to Recognize

The Media, or an Independent Press has been called the "Fourth Estate" in reference to Due Wednesday February 8th : Media Inventory Log Assignment (10% of course grade):

Record all media you consume for one week - from Friday 27 Jan until the beginning of our class Friday Feb 3 (10:50am).  The Media log assignment and the reflection paper will be due on  at the beginning of our class 10:50am Wednesday Feb 8.  Zero if late.

Record details of what media, how long, and any comments about media type or coverage.  Use sheets provided (from http://www.csuchico.edu/~swiesinger/255/xassign/mediaLog.htm you may print extra copies of the sheets from this web site).

Bring this with you at all times for the next week and enter the information by hand.  You should record what you listened to, watched, browsed, or read, and for how long.  Include information like type of movie watched (drama, comedy, etc.), and whether there were propaganda words used and  (unasked for) advertising that you were exposed to.

TOTAL your media usage in minutes for each media category at the bottom of each media log page.

Calculate and estimated Cost of the media per month using the last sheet. 

Write a reflection paper (at least two to three full pages) where you describe the process what it was like for you to complete the assignment, and the results.  Do an analysis:
1.    Make a graph of your media usage that shows how much time for each type of media.
2.   What did you find interesting?
3.    What was unexpected?
4.    Will this change the way you look at media, your usage or your behavior?
5.    Which media is most important to you, and why?
6.    What do you think about unasked for advertising that you saw or heard?

Media Log and reflection paper due Wednesday Feb 8 at the beginning of class 10:50am.  Zero if late.


WW I  - Willie McBride Song & Print Media : Posters  songs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS8Plp6aH7k

Out of Class Assignment: Watch the Youtube, and write a one to three page reflection paper on what THEMES you observed (and/or heard).  Due Friday (Feb 10) at the start of class.  If late Zero.

Out of Class ASSIGNMENT: Choose any speech that is online (Vimeo, YouTube, etc; Political Candidates, Current Politicians, Historical Figures, etc), and find at least five examples of Propaganda Techniques that are used.  Record what these techniques are, and when these techniques appear in the speech (Minutes: Seconds) and be prepared to show at least two of them to us using our classroom's computer.  Due Monday (Feb 13).  Hand in on paper: Your name, for each speech a short description (who, what, where, when, why) the link to the candidate's speech, and list the propaganda techniques and the time that they occur in the video link (Minutes: Seconds).  Be ready to share with our class at least TWO examples - to come up to the class computer, show us the clip, and ask what "propaganda technique" was used, and explain.

World War II

    - Joseph Goebbels introduces Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany
- Triumph of the Will 1934 Hitler (43:00-52:00)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHs2coAzLJ8
    - The Greatest Story Never Told (8:30-11:20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iet-baOoRio&list=PLRNbzK2W6kSuGV4v58hi_VBjb_wcKTIaM

Reading & Reflection Paper: The Third Wave.  Two to three page reflection paper:

What struck you about the read?  Did the reading help explain to you the rise of Naziism in Germany in the 1930s?  What current events did the read remind you of?  Due Friday Feb 17 at the beginning of class.
Opinion piece from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/opinion/the-banal-belligerence-of-donald-trump.html

Opinion piece number two from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/opinion/sunday/why-nobody-cares-the-president-is-lying.html

Bill Moyers's Big Media Critique
  (1:36 to 23:17)

A Good Summary of the Media Landscape by a British Sociologist C1 Media: Ownership and control part 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLRu9VmKICU

and Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzh2KjSz6s

Coming up 5-8 minute TEAM presentation (March 13 - 17):  Analysis of Media Company Presentation (10%): Teams of Two to Three Students choose a media company or organization.
Student presentations should include (and have a handout or web page posting submitted or live BEFORE presenting).  Schedule HERE:
  -What the organization and product do, mission, vision, etc.
  -Where the organization would fit in the Classification System in BLUR
  -Demonstrate an example of the media company product
  -Explain Who owns the company or organization
  -Explain Political leanings of company or organization
  -Explain the structure of company, and how they make money
  -Present a summary of company sales over time (last five years if possible)
  -Explain issues associated with the company