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April 1st – Spring 19

Hi All,

Please have Rodman’s chapter on Television read. You have a blog assignment due by 12:30pm. See the previous post.

On a different note:

One of our students needs a personal notetaker. You can take notes for the remaining classes and receive a $150 payment. If you’re interested email me at

Thanks! Have a good week.

Professor Dunphy


1165 S19 Blog Work – 4/1 and 4/8

Hello Again,

As promised, I wanted to give you an opportunity to get started on the work.

There is NO blog due Monday, March 25th. 

This post is for the blog due on 4/1 — Unproductive and 4/8 – Net Neutrality. They are due on 4/1 before 12:30pm and 4/8 before 12:30pm. Feel free to post them ANY time before those dates.



This blog is due Monday, April 1st by 12:30pm

Watch Seasons 3 & 4 of Unproductive

Here’s the link:

Prompt Questions/Options:

You do not have to do ALL of these. Definitely work in at least ONE source.

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 probably with Gattaca too. Be personal about it. Explore the work, see what you come up with.

Add what you want.

Word Count: 750-1000 words, which is 3-4 pages. With two seasons and plenty of material plus the prompts I do not foresee this being an issue.


Internet Week: Net Neutrality

This blog is due Monday, April 8th by 12:30pm

Watch the videos below and read the one article

Answer the questions. You can answer all or expand on a few. Reference to videos/reading is REQUIRED.

Word Count: 500-750 words


John Oliver Last Week Tonight

VOX on Net Neutrality

BBC on Net Neutrality



Required: Reference the videos and article within your response.

What did you know about net neutrality before?

Of the three videos, which one gave you the best explanation about net neutrality? Why and how did they do so? Can you explain Net Neutrality in your own words? What did you learn?

What happened after LWT with John Oliver aired this piece in 2014? There are way more videos from Oliver on this issue but this is the only required response. Unless you want to expand here.

What is the current state of Net Neutrality?

Can you see any reason to agree with net neutrality’s repeal?


Exam #2:

If you’ve made it this far – great, the week after the internet will be our second exam followed by spring break. The exam will be what we have covered from film onwards. More to come there.

Extra Credit:

All extra credit is due to your blog by week 13. No exceptions. You’re allowed 3 extra credit assignments. Example: You can watch 3 of the films discussed and that will give you 3 assignments. Remember, you have to EARN the extra credit, it’s just not given.

I think that’s enough.

I’ll go over this next week.


Professor Dunphy

Class 8 – March 25th S19

Hello 1165,

Quick post for the work next week.

Make-up class for the snow day: TUESDAY, APRIL 9th 3:00-5:30pm. Room TBD.

This is a class so yes attendance is required. If you cannot make it because you have class etc, let your TA know ASAP. Otherwise, I expect you to attend.

For next week:

We will finish Film and Gattaca discussions.

Rodman’s chapters – Recordings and Radio, please read both chapters.

There is no blog post this week.

Might I suggest reading the Rodman chapters, doing extra credits (I’ve given a bunch so far, examples: Watch Unproductive Seasons 1 & 2, compare/contrast them to the later seasons, watch a few films, etc.)* or getting a head start on watching Unproductive Season 4 (that work will be due on April 1st) or get started on the blog work due in two and three weeks from now.

I will post the next two blog assignments hopefully sometime today so you can have the option to get started.

*Small note with extra credit – these are assignments to be earned not given. If you watch a movie, do not summarize it… review it and expand. Earn the extra credit.

Have a good week and see you on Monday.

Professor Dunphy

Unproductive Season 4 – March 12th

Hi Everyone,

As a reminder, the Unproductive Season 4 premiere will be held at 148 Ingersoll Extension beginning at 6:00pm, tomorrow March 12th. We will start soon after.

We will screen the entire season and mixed in there will be 3 panels (writers, production, actors) with discussion and a Q&A. Feel free to ask questions!

The evening should end around 8:45/9:00pm.

See ya then!

Professor Dunphy

Monday, 3/18 – Film Week

Hi All,

I’ll see you at the Unproductive Season 4 premiere – hope you enjoyed Season 3. I’ll put up a separate reminder post shortly.

Reading: Rodman’s FILM chapter.


Blog Assignment:

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!

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

Click on the link:

It is valid for a week.



Word Count – 1000-1200 words total.

Both are personal favorites but for VERY different reasons.



Did you like the films, 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. It’s not Christian Slater, 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.

What do you think happens after the movies are over?

These movies were made 20+ 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 morning, so if you haven’t downloaded it by Monday morning 3/18, 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.


Have a good one and see ya at the show!


Professor Dunphy


Reminder – Exam Monday 3/11

Hi Everyone,

Just sending this out again to remind you about our exam on Monday.

Please arrive on time with a #2 pencil.

Chapters 1-4 from Rodman’s book.

There will be a screening afterwards – attendance is required.

Good luck studying!

Professor Dunphy

BC Closed – Monday 3/4 – Please Read

Hi Everyone,

If you didn’t know already BC is closed for the day due to the snowstorm.

I will figure out a makeup class but I don’t want to push things so here’s what will happen:

The blog assignment is still do — it’s only a few hours before so changing it doesn’t make much sense. A bunch of people already posted too… so please make sure it’s posted before 12:30pm.


Our first exam will be on Monday, March 11th 12:50pm start time. Exam is about 45 minutes or so.

#2 pencil for the scantron. True and False with multiple choice questions. Everything from Rodman’s book could be on the exam.

The exam will cover Rodman’s chapters 1-4

I don’t give study guides but because someone asked — below are the slides. DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT ONLY study the slides. But they can help of course.





After the exam we will have a screening, attendance is required.

Tuesday, March 12th 6:00pm is the Unproductive Season 4 premiere. I’ll send a follow-up reminder there.

That’s it! I’m off to shovel. Have a great week, see you on the 11th.


Professor Dunphy