ERIC Number: EJ783962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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Humor and Film in the Geography Classroom: Learning from Michael Moore's "TV Nation"
Alderman, Derek H.; Popke, E. Jeffrey
Journal of Geography, v101 n6 p228-239 Nov 2002
How can teachers use humor and film to convert geography classrooms into public spaces for thinking and talking about the world in a critical way? One useful resource for raising student consciousness and critical discussion is "TV Nation"-a satirical television newsmagazine show created, produced, and hosted by rebel-filmmaker Michael Moore in the mid 1990s. "TV Nation" not only serves as a potential instructional resource for geographers but also provides teacher and student a springboard for re-thinking humor and television news as analytical/educational objects. Moore challenges the popular notion that humor should not be taken seriously. By combining laughter with harsh reality, he questions the legitimacy of established ways of seeing the world and provides a unique way of discussing the socially constructed and contested nature of space and place. "TV Nation" also challenges the value traditionally placed on claims of neutrality and objectivity in conventional television news narratives. By making his own perspectives clearly known, Moore exposes the positionality inherent in all media representations of place. Included in this paper is an annotated list of "TV Nation" segments available on video and a description of how one of these news segments was used in a college-level classroom to teach about the complexities and contradictions of free trade and globalization.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Global Approach, Humor, Mass Media Effects, Television, Films, Teaching Methods, Consciousness Raising, News Reporting, Thinking Skills
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