BLOG POST ASSIGNMENT Help-Introduce yourself, upload a selfie (helps me know who you are faster), and how do you consume popular culture

All blog posts due 11pm on your WordPress blog. Please make sure your URL for your blog is on the
Google Doc that your mentor will set up. Please cite ALL of your sources in MLA or APA (you can also use
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)), but you need to cite everything you use including the articles, film,
games, and books you read for your blog posts. You can Google Purdue Owl, and APA or MLA and that
site will show you how to cite in those styles.
With the weekly reading responses an questions, you can either integrate the responses to the readings
in with your overall discussion OR you can respond to each article in separate paragraphs. It’s up to you.
20 points—you responded to ALL of the assigned readings for the week, and to what is asked for each
week (see below). All of your sources are cited, and you wrote a minimum of 500 words.
17 points—you responded to all of the above, but forgot to cite your sources OR you didn’t respond to
one of the assigned articles.
10 points—you didn’t respond to the readings, but did respond to the questions below for each week.
OR you responded to the readings, but not the questions below for each week. Or you wrote less than
500 words.
0 points—Oops! You forgot to post your blog (or you just didn’t do it)! Remember—always hit
“Publish” or your post will save to your drafts, and I can’t access it. If that happens, go back and hit
“Edit” and then “Update”. This should help you publish if you forgot.
Blog Post #1—Due Friday 1/18 @11pm
Introduce yourself, upload a selfie (helps me know who you are faster), and how do you consume popular culture.
Why do you engage in the forms of pop culture that you do, and how do you think pop culture/advertising and
marketing influence your consumer decisions—the choices you make in terms of what/what not to purchase,
wear, eat etc…—do you even think about it? Discuss your thoughts about living in a consumer culture based on the
readings in Chapter 1 of Introducing Popular Culture and from watching The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. What are
your thoughts about advertising, marketing, and their place, influence in our society today. Can our popular
culture also be a source of creating awareness and change because of its accessibility to a wider audience? FYI,
There are no right or wrong answers.
Blog Post #2—Due Friday 1/25 @11pm
For this post, you get to be a film critic Read the assigned readings for the past two weeks (they are all under the
Documentaries: Measuring Impact/Reality Television as Journalism section on D2L), then choose a documentary
film, docuseries, reality t.v./food or travel show of your choice. Review the documentary/t.v. show in terms of how
well it not only creates awareness about the issue in the documentary/show, but does it offer solutions, does it
need to? Note that sometimes creating awareness is the first step toward creating change, but some
documentaries now also offer solutions. How does the cinematography, music, images, interviews etc…help the
viewer understand what the issues are. Is it too biased, or does it do a good job of providing a mostly objective
viewpoint. Refer back to the three articles that you read about measuring impact in documentary film, and assess
whether the documentary you chose should be measured for impact or not, and why/why not? Reflect on your
thoughts about Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion and Parts Unknown “Beruit” in terms of using reality television and
food/travel shows as a form of journalism.
Blog Post #3—Due Friday 2/1 @11pm
Discuss your personal experience reading both Persepolis and March#3, as well as the essay you chose from
Journalism. How was it learning about war through a graphic novel and short form comics? Also, reflect on the
discussions you had in class this week on the two books. Respond to the articles Columbia Journalism Review “How
Comics Journalism Brings Stories to Life”, “ Comic Journalism, Comic Activism”, and to “Comics Studies: Persepolis
and Fun Home”(Under Required Readings under /Graphic Memoir/Comics Journalism section on D2L). Discuss the
idea of “hot” vs “cool” mediums in terms of comics and film. Discuss the ways in which the essay you focused on in
Journalism was similar or different to the news article you found on the same subject. What are your thoughts on
using a comics or graphic novel format to bring awareness to war, trauma, immigration, violence, class inequities,
race etc…? What are your thoughts about the Madaya Mom, and ABC News International’s collaboration with
Marvel Comics to report on war?
Blog Post #4—Due Friday 2/8 @11pm
On your blog, discuss the two superhero comics that you chose to read from the list on the syllabus, and discuss
the ways in which the comic reflects diversity, social issues, and popular culture. Also, discuss the history of the
comic and the author (s). From the list of articles on D2L under “Western Comics and Diversity” subsection, choose
two articles and reflect on them. Also, discuss your thoughts about The 99: Origins and what it is trying to say
about diversity and heroism.
Blog Post #5—Due Friday 2/15 @11pm
Discuss your thoughts and experience watching Princess Mononoke, and reading the article “Why Princess
Mononoke is More Relevant 20 Years Later”. Why do you think the film is still relevant in terms of war,
environmentalism, and the effects of war on the environment? In your opinion, is watching an animated film
(entertainment format with a strong message built in) more or less effective than a documentary in terms of
impact on the viewer in terms of environmental degradation? Or are they both effective?
Blog Post #6—Due Friday 2/22 @11pm
Discuss and review one of the games that you played from Games for Change Organization. What game was it and
what was its format (meaning puzzle game, exploration game, arcade style game, simulation game etc…)? What
was the purpose of the game (educational, raise a social issue or issue of diversity, news related, health related,
LBGTQ etc…)? Did it work as an engaging game, if so or if not why? What was the game’s purpose and was that
effectively relayed in the game play? How did the game relate to what you read in the Reality is Broken chapter?
What are your thoughts about the use of games (video, board, card etc…) as formats to help raise awareness and
understanding about various social issues AND/OR as a form of social activism as was discussed in McGonagil’s
Chapter 12?