What elements are essential for creating consensus-building narratives? How are they seen here?

Posted: March 8th, 2022

Term Paper.Analyze one of the films, through the lens of theories and approaches examined in the course.
Length: 1500 words, double space (excluding references). APA documentation style.
Other film options not covered in class.
Eyes on the Prize (2010) Civil Rights Movement
Crude (2009) American Oil Companies
E-team (not available on Youtube) Emergencies team, investigative reporting
Eco-pirate…the story of Paul Johnson, whale activist (not available on youtube)
Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower (Hong Kong activist) (not available on youtube)
Never Cry Wolf
Hadwin’s Judgment (environmentalist, not on Youtube)
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, about an environmentalist activist (on Youtube)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (about a Chinese activist artist) on Youtube
Coffee: The Drink that Changed America (on youtube)
Nike sweatshops: behind the swoosh (short independent doc on youtube)
The True Cost (doc on the clothing industry) on Youtube
The Economics of Happiness (going local) good doc on Youtube
1. How do the visual implementation, moving and still images, camera angles, editing, and other visual and cinematographic elements serve the director’s intention to raise awareness OR how does the visual construction and composition of this video serve propaganda/ideological purposes?
2. What elements are essential for creating consensus-building narratives? How are they seen here?
3. What ideologies are present?
4. We say that communication involves ethical decisions. Look at one of the films and discuss the ethics involved, as far as how the key players are communicating their message. OR, discuss the ethics of how the film makers are framing the cause/the people involved.
5. Persuasion. How is this film persuasive or not? What persuasive tools are being used.
6. Choose a controversial image and discuss it from different perspectives, applying Standpoint Theory, Attribution Theory, and other topics covered in the course such as power, perspective, gaze and symbolism.
7. How are images used in politics? OR Choose a key political leader and discuss how images of him/her are used by parties of differing political persuasions.
8. We say that communication is always fraught with noise that gets in the way between the sender and the receiver of a given message. Discuss the noise involved in this film’s communication.
9. How do we see the parameters of Habermas’ public sphere in this film?
10. What communication errors do social movements typically make? What works? (you may choose a specific movement covered in class, and assess what worked/didn’t work).
11. Discuss relational communication in social movements.
12. How have the images, symbols, words present in the film been re-coded over time? How have the years changed how the film is seen?
13. Consider the movement showcased in the film. How do you see a knowledge gap? How is it being filled?
14. What is the role of mass communication/communication technology?
Examining the films as storytelling. Choose one or more questions below and answer in essay form.
1. What is not being told or seems intentionally ambiguous, versus what is intentionally being shared? What is being hidden?
2. Who is the hero/who is the villain and how are these distinctions created? How is the enemy created/described?
3. What is evil/what is good? What are the values/fears/morals involved?
4. What assumptions or shared values (with the viewer) is the documentary relying on?
5. Inter-textuality: How does the story they are telling fit or relate to other stories?
6. Symbols and signs: What are the symbolic actions, words, or things?
7. What language is being employed to reinforce identity and agenda?
8. How does the story frame the cause and help make sense of it?
9. What blind spots does the film have? Is anything intentionally left out/ambiguous?
10. What are the intentioned narrative and the potential antenarrative?
Participation in online discussions – 10%; throughout the semester
Points will be awarded for active participation in discussions. .
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