What should artists release to the media?
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In a recent article in The New York Times, “Beyoncé 3.0: The Maternal Ideal“, suggests that despite a positive message (“Pregnant is beautiful. It should be worshiped.”) Beyoncé’s depiction of pregnancy in the media doesn’t acknowledge that pregnancy is “also messy, sometimes uncomfortable and just another fact of life. And in her extended fetishization of her own physical evolution, Beyoncé has not allowed for any of that.” Continue reading
The past few days, over Spring Mini Break, I skipped my usual garden cleanup and worked on making a WordPress site, www.newportkat.com, for my cousin Kia.
The Spring 2017 Capstone participants.
Seventeen students showed their work off in the Ram’s Den, beginning their march toward graduation. Projects ranged from short movies to social media campaigns to websites. A fun time was had by all, aided significantly by Monica’s brownies. Continue reading
Ever wonder how stuff works in the movies? If you’re curious, take COMM 399, Special Effects in Film. We look at a history of special effects, and then make our own in Adobe After Effects.
Students in COMM 447 Advanced Internet Media are finishing off the semester producing sites in Drupal, a content management system similar to WordPress. It seems like every year there is a certain point where breakthroughs happen… when it all starts to make sense. And even if your site crashes, you learn valuable trouble-shooting technique.
In COMM 343 Graphic Novel students not only read selected works, but also create their own comics. This semester we’ve read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Craig Thompson’s Blankets and David Small’s Stitches. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is next on the agenda. For those unfamiliar with comics, the common thread between these books is that they are all award-winning autobiographies. Continue reading
I love teaching COMM 352 because students learn how to create a Web site from the ground up. They learn about organizing content, writing for online audiences, usability and how to do simple code. I think students like the class because they get to choose their own topic, and are able to really explore something they are interested in. Continue reading