Week 8: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

During our last in-class session, Dr. Zimmerman remarked that our struggle with projects like Witness and EngageMedia may stem from the fact that we are not their primary audience or, to use a term coined by Umberto Eco, “model readers.” This observation may seem like a truism to some, but it’s one I’ve been slowly […]

Week 2: Steven Wheeler – Response to Viewings

In her TedX talk, “Witness Your Environment,” Kelly Matheson describes George Holliday’s videotaping of the Rodney King incident as the event that “put the Handycam on the map as a powerful human rights tool.” The video can also be considered seminal in another, connected sense: it prefigures the growing democratization of journalism Henry Jenkins describes […]

Week 2: Joel Arellano’s Response To Reading/Viewings

Charlie Gere introduces Digital Culture by declaring his aim to disenchant the reader from the charm of digital culture. He is alluding to Max Weber’s interest in forces of rationalism and secularism to liberate mankind from superstition, but Gere inverts Weber’s formula, applying the term ‘enchantment’ instead to the mistaken belief that the hyper-rationalism […]

Week 2: Brett Harmon Response to Social Change Websites

Media for social change was what we had to look into this week. Social change is a difficult thing to achieve, because it takes the changing of a mass group of people to really make something significant happen. But that does not stop several highly devoted individuals from making the attempt at changing the world. […]

Week 2: Jarratt Taylor’s Response To Readings/Viewings

One of the more powerful aspects of sites like EngageMedia and Witness is the way in which they make filmmaking/mediamaking accessible. Access to training and the tools to produce media are the major barriers when it comes to video production. I think about my own experience of coming to filmmaking. I went to a one […]