Introduction to Images and Sounds in Media One 3-hour meeting
An introduction to media literacy designed for
access producers before they have had any hands-on production
training. An image of a volunteer is put on screen and compared
with the actuality of the person it represents, point by
point. Ways of manipulating images are demonstrated and
discussed, by camera and lens shifts, video processing,
and editing. An image sequence is introduced and analyzed.
Finally, various sounds are put over the image sequence
and compared. The differing ways in which images and sounds
work separately and together are analyzed. The purpose of
the workshop is to help producers realize the intrinsic
strangeness of the world of television so they can better
reflect on their own coming work. Limited to 20 students.
workshop typically comprises four three-hour sessions, for
either producers or access staff members or both, depending
on need and interest. It illustrates with hands-on demonstrations
the basic principles of media literacy as outlined in the
Aspen Leadership Conference of 1992: 1.Media construct,
rather than mirror, reality; 2. Media contain value messages;
3. Much of media is designed to deliver audiences to advertisers;
4. Media content is influenced by media forms; and 5. Audiences
negotiate media meaning based on previous life experience.
The content focus of the workshop can be on news programming,
talk shows, commercials; or sexual and violent content across
the spectrum, depending on interest. Limited to 14 students.Prerequisites: none.
A workshop for parents and teachers which will orient them
to the world their children and students are increasingly
involved with, and give them actual experience playing video
games in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment.
Workshops designed and taught by Julie
Crinière and Lu, Chih-Lan.
Youth Voice Collaborative(YWCA)
co-taught a media literacy at Youth Voice Collaborative
working with a diverse population of teenagers from Boston.
We ended the program with a screening of students' videos,
which was enthusiastically received by parents and members
of the community. Our belief is that to become media literate
you need not only to analyze media but also to have an opportunity
to create media.