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black-mirror-4-picMediateacher.net has the inside scoop: Through the American presidential election and its aftermath, we are currently living in a nationwide performance piece that is the seventh, unreleased episode of the newest season of Black Mirror (being followed by a binge-watching worldwide viewership).  After such standout episodes as Nosedive, Shut Up and Dance, and Hated in the Nation, the innovative British series created by Charlie Brooker has upped the ante substantially by involving the general public in a surreal creation that lives up to the promise of a Twilight Zone for the digital age.  And our English teachers should have fun with some cross-curricular doses of Vonnegut or Orwell.

I promise, everything will be all right.

I promise, everything will be all right.

Know your media literacy, travelers!  (See #4 here.)

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Iconic image of Robert Redford in “The Candidate”

Here is an excellent discussion between Bill Moyers and Neal Gabler (with fine choices of clips from the undervalued classic The Candidate along with George Clooney’s The Ides of March).  Gabler and Moyers discuss many issues that will be featured themes of this blog and work especially well with issues raised in Chapters 5 and 6 of Moving Images: the influence of movies on politics; news literacy; advertising culture and democracy; the struggle between depth and superficiality in moving images, media narratives, acting, creative expression, and independent thought.  This interview is exceptionally informative, thought provoking, and useful for debate and further inquiry; it is simply a treasure trove for studies of media literacy and contemporary culture — political and otherwise.  Highly recommended!

I will be back soon with discussion of the Oscars and useful links regarding the movies that got the nods from the Academy voters.   And here’s another interesting link: Neal Gabler’s choices for Ten Great Political Films.

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