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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!


10/23, 10/25 and 10/30 (blog)

Hi All,

We will be finishing film tomorrow, possibly stretching it into Tuesday, 10/23.

I will return your exams tomorrow at the end of class…

I have laid out our next THREE classes so we’re covered.

Tuesday, October 23rd

We will be covering the RECORDINGS section from Rodman’s book. Please be prepared for that!

Thursday, October 25th

We will begin the RADIO section from Rodman’s book. Read it and be prepared.

Please watch these two videos:

Tuesday, October 30th

The Blog will be about recordings/radio. A separate post will follow with the details.

See ya tomorrow!


Professor Dunphy




Film Blog Week 10/16 & 10/18

Hi All,

As promised, see the post below for your blog assignment. Remember, tomorrow is the first part of the film section. Please have Rodman’s chapter read.

Take the notes of your TA, and use them to guide you on your work. Keep improving!

First and foremost!! Hope you like the movies.

Gattaca (1997) and Pump Up The Volume (1990) – yep. Old school. At least they’re not black & white.


Your Blog Assignment(s) are as follows:



Word Count – 1000+ words. 

For the film GATTACA (1997) a personal favorite, directed by Andrew Niccol:

Did you like it, why or why not. Which characters did you like? Why? Always think of why.

Important note – know the character names, and info. It’s not Ethan Hawke, it’s Vincent. Etc.

This movie was made 20+ years ago — does it hold up? If released today, would this movie work? Be successful? Give me reasons. Anything else you want to add? Go for it! Use Rodman’s text or anything else so far in the semester if you want.

I will give you a wide berth here so discuss the film how you want.

The only unacceptable answer is: I don’t like/watch these kind of movies.

I don’t like romantic comedies yet I saw Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail! And they’re so good.



Word Count: 1000+

Compare the two films. Are they comparable? You can use the above questions but see below for required work.

React, review, use Rodman’s Chapter 2 for this film or films.

There are several theories in chapter 2, see if you can get them or maybe even surprise me on some! This is required. 

But also a review and give some reactions… be honest… if you loved it — try to figure out why. If you hated it — why.

What do you think happens after the movie ends?

Both films will be sent in MP4 format, so you can watch them on your iPhone, iPad, etc.

Both films are about 1 hour 40 minutes.

If you haven’t received the wetransfer email from your TA, please let Brittany know Thursday.

Looking forward to lecturing on film history and BOTH films next week.

Extra Credit: Really go to town on these, and extend the work. I will consider extra credit for it.

Have a good one!

Professor Dunphy