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Monday, March 25

March 25, 2013

Spongebob: Nice discussion today based on your Twilight prompts! We’ll come back to it again, but we covered a fair amount of ground. if you believe in Jung’s collective unconscious, then the series’ beginning in a dream of Stephanie Meyer’s can’t be all accident…right?

New Media: Today we talked a little bit more about the Gee reading and then moved on to talking about the results of your homework (researching the blogosphere and also ways to increase blog visibility/pageviews). We’ll continue on Wednesday. A new blog post (at least one substantial one) is due next week.

Family Values: Today we watched the pilot of The Beverly Hillbillies, from 1961:

We contrasted this with the episodes of Andy Griffith we watched, and saw the portrayals of rural folks were even more pointed — maybe even unforgiving.

We also noted the following points:

1. This was the most popular show, ratings-wise, of the 1960s. It got a 39 rating at the peak of its popularity — the last show to hit such a high-water mark.
2. Jed Clampett is similar to Andy Griffith, in that they are both the default father/mother figures of a motherless family.
3. Mr. Drysdale represents the “city slicker” — and if the stereotypes of Ozark hillbillies are pretty sharp, so is the portrayal of city folks.
4. The creator of the show was Paul Henning, who had worked on The Bob Cummings Show and The Real McCoys (the late-’50s template for The Beverly Hillbillies, about a family that moves from West Virginia to California). He would create two more TV hits with rural themes: Green Acres and Petticoat Junction.
5. very famous opening sequence: partly for the instantly recognizable theme by Flatt and Scruggs; partly because the juxtaposition instantly sums up the premise of the whole show.

Press: The usual.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we did an in-class activity: you got a partner and had to sell a product in a timed 2-minute presentation. This is a preview of pitching, which you will get notes on next week. If you were absent, you do not need to make up this activity.

7th Grade:

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