NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED425703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
MTV in the Composition Classroom.
Baumlin, Tita French
This paper describes the use of MTV (Music Television Network) videos as "condensed mythologies" in a college English composition class. A videotape consisting of several "classic" videos was shown to the class over a period of three days, and each video was discussed. Handouts of song lyrics were provided for student reference and a copy of the videotape was placed on reserve at the library. Initially the instructor led the discussion, but by mid-class on the first day students were able to find and explore themes and cultural implications with less direction. The students were asked to choose one or two videos and write a paper describing the videos, translating the visual and musical images into language, and to analyze the underlying themes and cultural values. Peer evaluation workshops were held. The assignment was intended to reveal to students that videos are created to speak to an audience, whether the audience is intended to notice consciously the values embodied in them or not, and that the ability to analyze these texts increases the power to choose one's own values over those promoted by popular culture. Excerpts from students' final drafts are included. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A