10/20: Blog Post #2(minimum 500 words)
•For this post, you get to be a film critic ☺. Read “Documentary Impact: Social Change Through Storytelling”, “Measuring Impact: The Importance of Evaluation in Documentary Film”, and “The Downside of Measuring Social Impact in Films”. (D2L under Documentary film/Television section)., then choose a documentary film, docu-series, reality t.v./food or travel show of your choice that is focused on a social issue, social justice, diversity, race, class, gender etc…No bio-pics, please (It is up to you to pick the documentary or show you want to review. But, don’t use anything we see in class). The documentaries 13th, Super-Size Meetc…are examples of what I mean. Review the documentary/t.v. you choose in terms of how well it not only creates awareness about the issue in the documentary/show, but does it offer solutions or links to other resources or does it even need to—in other words, is raising awareness enough as a
Dashiell Examining Popular Culture starting point? Note that sometimes creating awareness is the first step toward creating change, but sometimes a viewer is looking for a call to action or solutions they can take away from the film. 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, or if it has a specific agenda or lens does that work well, or would a more objective lens work better (there are no right or wrong answers)? 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, Parts Unknown Season 10, Ep. 6 “Puerto Rico”, and Dr. WhoSeries 11, Ep. 3 “Rosa”in terms of using reality television, food/travel, sci-fishows as a form of journalism, history, and interrelationship to different perspectives, voice, experiences