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After The Exam Work & Blog Post

Hi All Again,

Please read this entire post as it gives you a bunch of information about the next few classes.

Tomorrow is exam #2, hope you studied and are prepared. Remember our deal for those who are doing well. For those who struggled, this exam plus the final exam plus the blog plus extra credit — STILL plenty of time to do well. Up to you.

Thursday is Thanksgiving so no class. Enjoy it! 

Tuesday, Nov 27th – Rodman’s Electronic NEWS chapters. Please have it read.

Thursday, Nov. 29th – 9th blog post

This blog post is your last post before the final one. The TA will give you any last-minute pointers. Hopefully, you’ve improved as the semester steamrolled on…

Please download the link – it expires by Monday, November 26th.

If you do not download it by then, you will have to find the films on your own.

The movies: 

Good Night, & Good Luck (2005) and The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009)


What To Write About:

Review both films – 1-5 stars. Do not write, “I don’t like these kind of films” or anything of the sort. Discuss the story, the characters, and relate them to today (if you can) — think of all we’ve discussed, read, watched, and thought about this semester. Apply that to this post. Use this post to show all the things you’ve learned. Reference other readings, videos, etc.

Word Count: 750-1,000 words

Once again – the link is active till Monday, November 26th (one week from now) so make sure you download it ASAP.

Have a good one!

Professor Dunphy


Unproductive Season 3

Hi Everyone,

I’d like to invite each of you to the Unproductive season 3 premiere on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:00-9:00pm, in our room, 148 New Ingersoll or whatever it is called.

We will screen the entire season of the show mixed in with comic con styled panels between writers, production, and the actors.

If you’re interested, email Brittany and confirm your seat ASAP. Or speak to her tomorrow.

Season 3 will be your focus for the final blog post, so this is a way to get ahead on the work.

Extra credit available by permission.

**One more post coming!**


Professor Dunphy

Exam #2 Details

Hey All,

Quick info:

Exam #2 is on Tuesday, November 20th, once you’re finished you may leave. Exam time is one hour.

Chapters from Rodman’s book: Film, Radio, TV, and Internet – all is fair game so study up!

True/False, Multiple choice, and now matching.

See ya tomorrow! Remember your blog post is due.


Professor Dunphy

Tues 11/13 & Thurs 11/15, Exam 11/20 & Beyond…

Hi 1165,

We will finish the TV chapter, and discuss Unproductive Seasons 1 & 2. Your blog post is due before class time tomorrow.

This post is for the next few classes & after:

For Tuesday, November 13th

Please read Rodman’s Internet chapter.

For Thursday, November 15th

Your next blog post is due.

Here’s the info:

You will be discussing Edward Snowden, Government Surveillance and… the Internet. You know, light stuff!

Watch these videos:

John Oliver’s 2015 piece:

Snowden Ted Talk

TED and NSA Rebuttal by Ledgett

What to Write About:

Did you know who Edward Snowden was/is? Were you one of the people in the Man on the Street video from John Oliver’s piece?

What are your thoughts on what he did? Explain why.

John Oliver discusses several points about people not caring about surveillance, do you agree or disagree?

Should the government be allowed to have this much power to spy on people around the world, and in turn in the US?

What are your thoughts on gov’t surveillance?

How do you feel right now about all this????

Edward Snowden has been called a hero and a traitor – where do you come out on it?

What are your thoughts on the NSA’s rebuttal…

Any thoughts/ideas you want to add or focus on, up to you.

Word Count: 500-1000

Some other information:

Your second exam will be on Tuesday, November 20th. Chapters will be decided. Same design as before.

There’s one more blog (due after second exam) then the final blog work due in mid-December.

Extra credit is due before class on Tuesday, December 4th.

Final Exam is Thursday, December 20th from 1:00-3:00pm. Please work out all conflicts now.


Professor Dunphy

Next Week 11/6 & 11/8

Hi Everyone,

Hope you enjoyed War of the Worlds, and the information about voting and how to vote. We are moving along on things… so exciting, no? I think it is.

On Tuesday we will go over the TV chapter. I promise. 🙂 Since you already have it read, shouldn’t be a problem.

Blog Work:

Due Thursday November 8th

You will watch Unproductive Seasons 1  & 2 online.

Here’s the link:

I’m giving you a lot of freedom here but as some suggestions for the post.

Do not criticize the sound or anything technical. We know there were problems. It’s unnecessary for this assignment.

You can do a compare and contrast between the seasons, characters, individual storylines…

Discuss favorite parts/characters, surprising parts, and anything else that comes to mind. Use what you’ve learned so far, and apply that to the writing.

Maybe surmise what happens after the season’s end.

There’s no max word count here but a 750+ word minimum.

Happy Viewing!

By the way, season 3 will be your final blog post. It’s being released at the end of the month!

Best and have a great weekend.

Professor Dunphy



Thursday 11/1 – TV Chapter

Hi All,

Please have Rodman’s TV chapter read for Thursday, November 1st.

I will send a follow-up post for the blog — due next week.


Radio Blog 10/30

Hi All,

As promised…

Your blog assignment for Tuesday, October 30th before 2pm.

War of the Worlds by Orson Welles — see video below.

Listen to the whole thing… do some research on it, the story is pretty crazy… react to the story and the broadcast but also:

Think about the power of the voice aspect… would this ever happen today? Maybe not radio but in general. Have you ever fallen for a hoax? Or something like this?

When you were listening — and then did the research, what did you think of the public’s reaction?

Also, use Chapter 2 (Media Impact) and some of those theories – same as Pump Up The Volume.

Make sure to point out “best moments” — make sure to put in the times… Example: Best moments 1:24-150

And of course — discuss why you chose those moments.

Can you guess why I chose this assignment?

Can you relate this to anything going on today?

Word Count: 500-750 words… or more if you want!