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Monday, April 15

April 15, 2013

Spongebob: Today you turned in your midterms. We are going to discuss them on Wednesday. Therefore, Wednesday will be the last day I can accept a late midterm.

Also Wednesday, there will be a quiz on archetypes, all 12 of them. (Do you have to know all the variations for each archetype? The variations will not be the primary material on the quiz. However, they will be part of it.) Get the complete list here if you don’t have it.

We began talking today about two things. One is that I asked you whether you can identify any characters who don’t seem to fit any of our archetypes, and do not seem to be layered archetypes either.

The second topic comes via handout, and has to do with Jungian theories of dream interpretation. We reviewed these contexts via which Jungians believed a dream could be interpreted: historical (personal and general); emotional; thematic (with specific imagery); narrative; personal associations; and ethical.

Will we use all these tools? Doubtful. Would I like for you to read this chapter for next Monday? Yes.

Finally, I assigned the final project, which is due on Monday, May 13. It is an original work (story/play/screenplay/epic poem) containing at least three examples of archetypes we have studied this semester.

* This project must be typewritten.
* There is a three-page minimum.
* This must be a brand-new work. I will not accept any recycled works. (The goal is for you to demonstrate your grasp of archetypes since taking this class.)
* You must turn in a separate, typewritten analysis of the characters/archetypes in your piece. I will not accept this project without the analysis.
* I will be making a packet of all these works (minus the analyses) for each member of the class. The last couple of weeks of class will largely be devoted to analyzing these original works.

New Media: Today you wrote a response to the following prompt:

The “Core Concepts” that you were assigned to read for today frame media (and note that it’s referring mostly to traditional media, not necessarily “new media,” so we’re talking about television, print, film, etc) in a particular way: from Core Concept #3, “…most media outlets can be lumped into two main groups: media outlets that want to sell us a product or service, and media outlet that want to sell us a lifestyle or ideology.”
What do you think about this assertion? What do you think about marketing and what role does it play, if any, in your life? Have you ever encountered a marketing campaign or media outlet that you found particularly effective at “selling” you a product or an idea? What about someone else? Can you think of a media outlet that you could argue does not try to sell the listener/viewer/consumer something?

This was followed by a discussion of the subject at hand. Your responses were collected; if you were absent, please write one on your own and hand it in when you return (you do get points for this, so please do it :)).

There is a reading assignment for Wednesday (if you were absent, please grab it from my desk) and there will likely be a quiz.

Family Values: Today we watched two different sitcoms: the 1964 pilot of The Addams Family, “The Addams Family Goes To School”:

and a 1966 episode of The Munsters, “A Visit From The Teacher.” (The final episode of the show, in fact — sorry no link to this one.)

We compared the two families and concluded that the Munsters seemed much more like the sitcom families we’ve seen thus far: the bumbling dad; the efficient stay-at-home mom; the cute kid. The Addams Family, on the other hand — based on New Yorker cartoons like this one, by Charles Addams:


were a bit more militant about their eccentricities.

However, the two shows did have two things in common:

1. Both families never realized how the rest of the world perceived them. (Like the Beverly Hillbillies.)
2. Both shows, like many of their ’60s counterparts, were based upon a single gimmick.

There is a handout I would like you to read for Friday: Chapter 3 from Prime-Time Families, “Prime-Time Relevance.” Please read it and expect a quiz Friday.

BatCat Press:

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we heard two more pitches (only one more to go!) and started watching Harold and Maude. The final pitch will go tomorrow and we’ll finish the movie then as well.

Seventh Grade: Today you took a quiz on the parts of speech. I gave you a rhyme to help you remember them, and then we watched some Schoolhouse Rock for a little more of a brush-up on these parts of speech:

plus this one about subjects/predicates (one of the all-time great love stories):

Expect a quiz next week on the parts of speech. All As will be rewarded!

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