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Telefuture – news report from 1980 envisions the future of TV.
This 1980 news report explores the predicted world of future television, particularly in terms of information services technologies — with a concentration on Teletext and Viewdata systems. This is particularly fascinating given that now, in 2010, “convergence” of Internet services back to the television is the latest trend. From the Vortex Video Archive.
- What is true for today? How many of these predictions do we see today?
- In what ways has technology taken a different path?
- What is funniest in this report?
- If you made a TV show about what to expect from media technology of the future, what would you say?
- How important is water to our lives?
- This film isn’t just about water. What else is it about?
- Discuss the inequality shown in the film between those with money and those without.
- How would you solve our water problems?
What other questions arise from this film?
Watch this video of graffiti – in Vienna. Discuss the following questions:
- Do you think street art is art?
- What is the difference between street art and vandalism?
- Should there be more places for ‘legal graffiti’?
- Why do you think people risk getting caught for illegal graffiti?
- Do you think graffiti is a political expression? Explain.
This is a very clever and original advertisement.
Think about and discuss the following questions:
1. What role does the element of surprise play in this advertisement? How did you feel when you saw the man’s face?
2. Were you expecting the advertisement to be for a drink? How is the idea of the man’s face connected to the drink?
3. The message ‘clicks’ at the end of the advertisement. Do you think this is an effective way to advertise, to keep people wondering until the end? Why is that?
4. The technology of this ad is impressive. How important is technology in the making of this ad, and in the making of ads in general?
5. How important is the idea or concept for the success of the ad? Is the concept more or less important than the gimmicks or special effects? Give reasons for your answer.
6. The caption at the end reads ‘Brains perform best when they’re hydrated’. How important is the caption to the advertisement? What role does it play in the ad, and how effective is it at the end of the advertisement?
Watch this film about Five dangerous things you should let your children do.
- What was your reaction while watching this talk?
- Where you surprised that the speaker was advocating putting potentially dangerous things into kids’ hands?
- Do you agree or disagree with the speaker? Why?
- Do you think kids today are over-protected? Give situations where you think they might be.
- What is your opinion about how your parents raised you in relation to dangerous things?
- What kind of parent do you think you’ll be? How protective will you be?
The conclusion of the film reads: “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted”.
- How did you feel after watching the film? What were your feelings and reactions?
- Do you agree or disagree with the photoshopping of models for advertisements? Give reasons.
- What message might this obsession with perfection send to women?
- What message might this obsession with perfection send to men?
- Do you think that portraying unrealistic beauty in the media has a negative effect on people? Give reasons.
- How much truth is there in visual media? Is photoshopping the model the same things as lying to people?
- Do you have any questions about this topic?
Hopefully students haven’t seen this video before, but some of them probably have. That’s why you have to stress to the students that if they’ve seen the video before they are not to say ANYTHING! otherwise it will ruin the exercise.
After watching this video you could discuss the idea of awareness –
- are we as aware of things as we think we are?
- how well do we notice things?
- is our awareness selective?
- can our awareness of things be distracted?
- is our memory of perceived events subjective? unreliable?
- should we believe our perception of events?
- are boys and girls different in what they notice?
After class discussion students could write their own responses in the comment box under this post.