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Media Culture and Communication

My favorite class this semester.

This semester I decide to take certain classes that didn’t directly relate to my major, along with my required journalism classes.  One of them is called Media, Culture, and Communication.

The point of this class is to analyze media texts and apply and challenge media criticism theories, with a particular interest focused on the role rhetoric plays in the mediation of language, technology, and meaning-making.

Part of the class requires the grueling work of watching movies for homework.  One of the movies we had to watch was the 2012 movie, “Cabin in the Woods.”  This movie follows 5 friends as they venture to a remote ~cabin in the woods~ where they get more than they bargained for.  We discussed the meaning of the movie and the 5 archetypes.

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Another movie we had to watch was “The Silence of the Lambs.”  I had heard of this movie before but had never seen it.  I am a huge movie fan and I was excited to have to watch it because it won all top 5 categories at the Academy Awards in 1992.  The movie follows Jodie Foster, a young F.B.I cadet, who must confide in the manipulative serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter to receive his help to try to catch another serial killer.

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Our latest assignment was to watch specific episodes from the series “Black Mirror.”  It’s a British television series that is fiction and contains crazy and dark themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the consequences of new technologies.

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I highly recommend all the movies and television series I have mentioned in this post.