Media File Project

1. Choose two media items. Describe each one (in red font). These questions will help you generate a thorough description:
  • Brief description, including title if appropriate. What is it (song, blog, music video, movie, advertisement, magazine article, tumblr, manga, etc.)? What is it about? Include a hard copy or a url with a direct link.
  • Authorship. Who is/are the creator(s) of the item? What relevant background do they have?
  • Purpose. What is the message? Who is speaking? Who is the audience? How do you know?
  • Context. Where and when was this item produced? In what ways do the time and place of production impact your understanding of the work? If you discovered it somewhere other than its original source (was it forwarded to you?), who or what was this second source? Why did they forward it when they did?
  • Some examples of media items: image, blog post, tweet, video, news article, facebook, gif, tumblr, etc.

2. Outside readings. Find at least three scholarly readings related to your topic.
  • URsearch searches all Ursuline databases at once! To zero in on good articles related to your topic, follow these steps:
    1. enter keywords related to your overall topic and click "search"
    2. on the left side of the screen, apply filters:
      • Full Text (check box)
      • Limit by Language - English
      • Limit by Source Types - Academic Journals
    3. select 3 articles and connect to full text (click yellow Find it! button if no direct link to full text is available)
    4. cite each article in MLA style, write a descriptive annotation of each article
  • Library Catalog - want books? Search the catalog to find print books in the library and ebooks you can access directly from your computer screen
    • search one or two keywords for best results
    • use the drop-down to search by title, author, or subject term

3. Essay. Summarize the collective message of your media items by using your course readings and the outside readings you selected. Discuss, interpret, and analyze!
  • Intersection. How does this interact with what I have learned in other classes, from the Legacies and Counsels of Angela, and from my own experiences?
  • Analysis/Interpretation. What is your analysis/interpretation of the media items you selected? How do they affirm or challenge structures of difference? What are they missing - their "blind spots"?