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Frank W. Baker's Blog – October 2009 Archive (4)

Poliwood: a new doc on the role of media in politics

I heard a fascinating interview today (on XM Radio's political channel POTUS) with director Barry Levinson about his new film, a documentary, called Poliwood. It premieres Monday November 2 on Showtime at 730pm ET. Although the film appears to address celebrity in politics, it also addresses how politics has become like entertainment and that only those (politicians) who look good and sound good get attention. Sounds like this one has tremendous… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on October 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Studying Monsters?

The Los Angeles Times reports on a UC-Berkeley course which "is one of a number around the country that mix scares and scholarship, using zombies, vampires and other ogres to study popular culture."

Added by Frank W. Baker on October 29, 2009 at 7:47am — No Comments

Pop Culture and The Run for the Presidency

Ok, I admit, this is a promotion for my new book: Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy Guide (Greenwood Press). In this text, I covered the role the media has played in getting candidates elected President. So I cover everything from photography (from the Lincoln campaign to today) to the development of radio, television (commercials, debates and… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on October 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

NCTE New Media Gallery 2009- Don't Miss It !

You’ve heard of blogs, wikis, and nings, but you’re wondering how to use them in your classroom? We have some exciting possibilities on exhibit at our New Media Gallery, Friday, November 20, 2009 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Room 202A of the Convention Center. Sponsored by NCTE’s Commission on Media, the New Media Gallery can be your “one-stop shopping” location for all things related to new literacies. Showcasing teachers… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on October 20, 2009 at 12:01pm — 1 Comment


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