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Monday 11/4 – TV + Blog

Hi 1165,

I sent out the blog assignment awhile back:

We will discuss the TV chapter, The Good Place, and Unproductive’s seasons 3 & 4.

That’s about it!

See you on Monday and Happy Halloween!

Professor Dunphy


Hi Everyone,

There is no blog for 10/28. This blog is due Monday, November 4th before 12:30pm.

Watch Unproductive Seasons 3 & 4

Here’s the link:

Prompt Questions/Options:

You do not have to do ALL of these. Definitely work in at least TWO source. Possibly Rodman?

Compare and contrast the two seasons, characters, issues that are involved in each season. Is there a favorite character/scene/line of dialogue/moment? Which character didn’t you like? Always give the why and try to really give a reason. Reflect on yourself as well. Why do you think you liked Roxy or Emily, etc.

Use what you’ve learned this semester, discuss the third and fourth seasons, and the issues that come up throughout the season. Go into detail with the issues.

Try and use some sources: Can range from Rodman’s book to articles written about the issues discussed in the show to films, etc.

As always, I do not accept “I didn’t like this” and no explanation on why or “It’s not what I watch.” This is an INTRODUCTION to MASS MEDIA course, we are introducing you to something. That’s the point.

For the technical stuff:

I do not need to know the sound is bad in episode 3, scene 2 or the lighting is off in this scene, etc.

I am looking for writing about the show’s content. Try to make it personal to you. Some of you connected with Pump up the Volume, and possibly with Gattaca too. Be personal about it. Explore the work, see what you come up with.

Add what you want.

Word Count: 800-1000 words, which is 3-4+ pages. With two seasons and plenty of material plus the prompts I do not foresee this being an issue.

Do you have an interest in acting? We will be holding auditions in December for Unproductive Season 5. If so, shoot me an email at

Hope you enjoy the show!


Professor Dunphy

1165 F2019 – October 28th

Hello 1165,

As always here’s the work due for Monday, October 28th class.


Please have RECORDINGS & TELEVISION chapters read. You already read RADIO so you should be all set for that.

Blog Assignment:

There is no blog due this week. I will be sending out another post with the next two blogs that will be due in November

Next Exam:

Monday, November 18th – chapters TBD but will be any chapters covered after the first exam.

Extra Credit:

All extra credit is posted to your blog and due by December 2nd before 12:30pm. You are allowed to do 3 extra credits.

Have a good week!


Professor Dunphy


Extra Credit – “Actors” 10/23 12:30-2:00pm

Hey All,

I will post the week’s work shortly but first…
I need a few “actors” to read a role or two for our table read.
Wednesday, 10/23 from 12:30-2:00pm.
The script is the next episode in our newest Unproductive incarnation…
Episode summary: After a hot mic picks up racist taunts at a party, the gang forms a plan to infiltrate the group and expose the culprits.
Fair Warning:
There is language that some may consider unacceptable.
If you’re interested, email me at
Advice: Those who are struggling with grades, deadlines, missed assignments, classes, etc, this is a perfect opportunity.
Professor Dunphy

Monday 10/21 – 1165 f2019

Hi All,

Remember, we have a quick turnaround– I’ll see you on Monday. My hope is to have the exams graded by then. No promises. If I do finish the grades, I’ll give them out at the end of class.

Few notes:

There are a BUNCH of you who haven’t done the blogs or have only posted late blogs. This will end up hurting your final grade. There’s still time to do it. Late blogs add up — so keep that in mind. The blog work is 30% of your overall grade.

If your TA didn’t respond to your first set — please speak to Amy.

Extra Credits:

I announce during class and those are for everyone. As I always say, you’re not given extra credit, you have to earn it. Per example, if you watch HEAT (1995) directed by Michael Mann and write 500 words summarizing the film, you will not receive extra credit. Never summarize a film or a show. If I mentioned it, it’s probably because I’ve seen the movie, film, or whatever.

There’s an extra credit opt on Wednesday Oct 23rd 1:00-2:30pm — see this doc.

KUS MLW BC Screening (1)

Take a photo of you being there, write a bit about it, post and you should receive credit.

For Monday 10/21:

I sent out the blog assignment two days ago, please look back on it, and complete it before 12:30pm.

For the reading: Please read Rodman’s Radio chapter

See you on Monday.

Professor Dunphy

1165 Next Blog Due 10/21

Hi All,

We have another quick turnaround, we meet tomorrow 10/16, THEN we meet again on Monday 10/21…. I think we meet every Monday till the end of the semester.


Exam + Blog due tomorrow.

On Monday, October 21st:

I will send a follow-up with readings.

The blog work below is due Monday, October 21st before 12:30pm.

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

Listen to the whole thing… it’s awesome.

Put yourself in the 1938, and hearing this on the radio. I know it’s difficult but try to place yourself there — it’ll help.

How would you react? How did the people listening react? 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?

Why do you believe the creators did WoW in such a manner? What do you think they were trying to do and why?

Also, use Chapter 2 (Media Impact) and some of those theories — similar to previous post.

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 relate this to anything going on today?

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


I will follow-up on what is to be read for this class.

See you tomorrow.

Good luck on the exam and hope you enjoyed Pump Up The Volume & Gattaca.


Professor Dunphy

Reminder 1165 Class on WEDNESDAY 10/16

Hello Everyone,

It’s Monday the 14th and we are not meeting today. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Oct. 16th. Same time, same room, etc.

Last post:

The link above goes over everything you need to know about Wednesday’s class. Please be on time as we will start the exam promptly.


Professor Dunphy


1165 Fall 2019 – Wednesday Oct. 16th

Hello Everyone,

All apologies about not being there today for the exam. I’m sure you’ll all broken up about it…

Here is the schedule for the next class.

Your TA should respond to your posts — if you haven’t heard from them by Sunday, October 13th, email me at

We do NOT meet on Monday, October 14th and will meet on Wednesday, October 16th.  Same time, same classroom.

What we will do on Wednesday, October 16th:

You will take your exam during the first part of class… then we will discuss the FILM section and the blog.

Reading: Rodman’s Film chapter

Blog 1: Due WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16th before 12:30pm

First and foremost!! Hope you like the movies. Take the notes of your TA, and use them to guide you on your work. Keep improving!

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

Click on this link:

It is valid for a week so make sure you click on it before 12:30pm Monday, October 14th or you will have to find the films yourself.


Word Count – 1000-1200 words total.


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

What do you believe the filmmakers are attempting to say and how are they saying it?

Important note – know the character names, and info. It’s not Ethan Hawke, it’s Vincent. Etc. It’s not Christian Slater, it’s Mark (and his alter-ego,) etc.

Compare the two films. Are they comparable?

React, review, use Rodman’s Chapter 2  – required.

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.

These movies were made 20+ to almost 30 years ago — do they hold up? If released today, would the movie work? Be successful? Give me reasons. Anything else you want to add?

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.


Both films are in MP4 format, so you can watch them on your iPhone, iPad, etc. The run time is about 1 hour 40 minutes so please make the time to watch both.

The link expires on Monday at 12:30pm so if you haven’t downloaded it by Monday morning 10/14, you missed out.

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.

That’s about it.

Once again – sorry for missing class.

See you next Wednesday!


Professor Dunphy

Exam Postponed 10/7

Hello Everyone,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to make it to class today. Our exam is therefore postponed until Wednesday 10/16.

I will follow-up with a blog post for what will happen on the 16th.

Thank you and all apologies.


Professor Dunphy

Quick Few Things

Hi 1165,

I will see you on Monday, October 7th for your first exam. Please see the previous post for all the details.

Remember during class 1 I said we usually have some breaking news event corresponding with the medium we’re covering? Well, we missed it by a day or two for the newspapers section.

Over the past week, the Washington Post, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal have released incredible stories about The Trump administration… and has led to an impeachment inquiry of Trump. It’s an insanely fast moving story but the basics are:

Trump made a phone call to the President of the Ukraine and asked for a favor — that favor, investigate his top political rival’s family and help him prove a debunked conspiracy theory. There’s $400 million dollars in military assistance attached to this, and we are finding out more and more and more every single day. Whether you believe it’s real or not, impeachment worthy or not — it’s a huge story. As John Oliver said: “it’s very getable.” Like it’s easy to understand.

One of the things you may hear is how this is connected or similar to Watergate/Nixon in the 1970s. If you have ANY interest I’ve attached three links for you.

All the President’s Men:

The above link expires in a week so watch it and if you want, extra credit.

The videos below are from the dvd, and online.

This is one of the bigger stories in recent history —

Have a great week! Good luck studying!


Professor Dunphy