Showing posts with label propaganda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label propaganda. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dive Into the Dangers of Fracking On This Site

Dangers of Fracking is a beautifully designed site that tells the story of the dangers of fracking. As you scroll down the page, you learn more about the fracking process. The story starts out with a definition of fracking before moving to explaining the raw materials that have to be trucked to the fracking site. After the raw materials arrive the story takes us underground to frack and the dangers associated with the process.

Applications for Education
Dangers of Fracking is obviously designed with an anti-fracking agenda (see the call for supporting the FRAC Act at the end). I can see the site being used as part of an environmental science lesson. I can also see the site being used as part of a lesson on recognizing bias in media.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Clip Choose - Create Video-based Polls

There are lots of tools on the web for creating and hosting polls. You can find a list of some good ones here. Most of those polling services are simply text-based or text and images. Clip Choose is different because your polls are based on videos.

To create a Clip Choose poll you enter the URLs of up to eight YouTube videos. After entering your videos your audience then votes for their favorite video or whatever prompt you give them regarding the videos.

Applications for Education
Clip Choose is one of those resources that I sat on for a couple days because I wasn't quite sure what I would use it for. Then it hit me that Clip Choose could be a good tool to use to create video quizzes for a lesson about bias and propaganda. When teaching students about types of propaganda I could put two or three videos in Clip Choose and ask students to select the one that demonstrates the use of a particular propaganda technique. For example, if I wanted my students to practice recognizing the use of "glittering generalities" I would put in a video that demonstrates that method and two videos that don't.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The US Election on YouTube

The US Presidential Election is just a little more than two months away now. Every news outlet in the country has an election resources page of some type. Yesterday, YouTube got in on the act too by launching YouTube Politics for the 2012 Election. YouTube Politics is gathering and organizing video content from ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other notable news outlets. YouTube politics will also carry live streams of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Applications for Education
The YouTube Politics channel could be a good place to find video clips about the election season to use in your Civics lessons. Of course, many of the videos have a bias to them. In that case the YouTube Politics channel becomes a good place to find clips that you can use in lessons about bias and propaganda in the media.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ken Burns on Storytelling

I saw this video this morning on Open Culture and I had to watch it right away because I'm always curious about the art of storytelling and because I am a big fan of Ken Burns. In the five minute video below Ken Burns explains what he thinks are some of the key themes in the art of storytelling. One of the things that stands out to me is his assertion that "all story is manipulation."

Applications for Education
If a venerated documentary film producer like Ken Burns is willing to say that all story is manipulation, what does that say about new media and other media outlets? That might be a good question to put to your students as an introduction to lessons on bias and propaganda. In the video Burns also introduces another question that could be a great conversation starter in your classroom, that is, "is it okay to manipulate information and how much manipulation is okay?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Your Logical Fallacy Is - Website and Posters Explaining Logical Fallacies

When I taught current events to ninth grade students the first unit I taught was about recognizing bias, propaganda, and logical fallacies. Today, through a Tweet by Lee Lefever, I found a nice website that I wish I had had when I was teaching that class.

Your Logical Fallacy Is provides short explanations and examples of twenty-four common logical fallacies. Visitors to the site can click through the gallery to read the examples. Your Logical Fallacy Is also provides free PDF poster files that you can download and print. I dropped one of these posters into for easy embedding into this blog post.

Applications for Education
Part of being a good consumer of information is being able to recognize when an argument contains a fallacy. The resources from Your Logical Fallacy Is could be helpful aids in teaching students to recognize fallacies.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Videos - What is Fracking? What is its Impact?

Fracking to access natural gas seems to be in the news frequently these days. So this morning when I was on Explania and saw the video What is Fracking? I got the idea to search for some more videos about fracking and its impact on the environment and the economy. Here's some of what I came up with in my search.

What is Fracking? is a short music video that includes animations showing how fracking works. It is decidedly anti-fracking in its message so you'll want to talk about bias with your students before and or after showing it to them.

Last fall CBS News had a short segment about the job creation potential of fracking.

After the Gas Rush is a two part series from National Geographic's Journey on Earth Series. The videos are available on Snag Films.
Part 1

Part 2

And in the interest of attempting to balance this collection, here's a video that explains the fracking process with a decidedly pro-fracking bias. Again, this is a good opportunity to talk with your students about bias in media.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Lesson in Propaganda Through Protests in Egypt

I have to credit one of the students (Brandon) in my Global Studies class for finding this video today. We had our fourth class meeting today and as I do at the beginning of most courses I teach, we've been talking about identifying bias and propaganda in the media. We've been doing this through the context of the current events in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen. Today, during a part of class when the students were working on a collaborative assignment (more on that in my next post) Brandon showed me the following video about Nile TV reporter Shahira Amin quitting her job because she didn't want to continue to be a part of a propaganda machine in Egypt. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
If you're planning to teach a lesson on propaganda, through this video students can see and hear of real-life uses of propaganda being used to influence a population's perception of events.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Story of Bottled Water

A recent post on the Environmental Graffiti blog, Where Does Drinking Water Get Its Taste? reminded me of the Story of Bottled Water video produced by Annie Leonard and her team at The Story of Stuff. The Story of Bottled Water takes a look at the environmental and economic impacts of bottled water.

Applications for Education
The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water do have critics that accuse them of being "too liberal" and or not tell the whole story and or being too critical of industry. I've had high school (18 years old) students watch the Story of Stuff and have those criticisms of the video. That said, the videos are thought-provoking and became the basis of a great classroom discussion about the role of media in shaping citizens' thoughts about economics, the environment, and politics.