Our last face-to-face meeting

Thanks, everyone, for your feedback on remote learning in the last class via the survey, and for your thoughts on Unit 2.

Before we jump into that, I just want to ask if you’ve had an opportunity to talk with professors and other leadership at Rowan about why colleges and universities are taking this extraordinary step right now. From what I’ve seen, many folks are circulating this Vox article to help explain it. Maybe you’ve seen it. I have been reading a lot about this, and as you probably know based on the objectives of this course, I’m quite skeptical of the news media. But for once I think the media might actually be under-reporting the severity of this pandemic. My sense is that our lives are going to be significantly disrupted until the start of summer — if not much longer. I would not count on coming back to campus for f2f classes this semester. For that, I am truly sorry.

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Lab day: storyboarding & collecting content

Today we will be in the lab working on remediating your Truthometer scripts into iMovie. At this point you should have most of your script storyboarded and at least some of your video, images, and/or audio gathered. Today I will show you:

  • How to capture desktop video with Quicktime, including streaming video.
  • How you might explore other options for capturing video: 4K Video Downloader or ClipGrab (if you have your own Mac or PC), TubeMate for Android, Documents for iPhone. See this recent article for more.
  • The iMovie interface and some basic functions.*
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Unit 1 final project: why video?

Today we are beginning the process of remediating a longer written fact-check — which you should have drafted in a Google Doc for today — into a video. According to media scholars Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, remediation is “the representation of one medium in another.” It’s what we do when we adapt or translate an idea, argument, or narrative (say, a 19th century novel like Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women) into a different form (say, a 2019 film directed by Greta Gerwig).

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