Re: Fair and Unfair

From: Jack Sargeant (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008 - 19:44:16 PST

> . Their expectation is that media will be available at their demand
> and on their schedule: when they click a YouTube URL, or go the
> local Blockbuster, go to the reserve desk. The students don't even
> watch TV anymore, they get on DVD or on the Web. In terms of the
> topic at hand, it means they routinely skip scheduled film
> screenings with the expectation they'll be able to see the required
> material in the library. When you tell them: "it says on the
> syllabus that it's a film print, which means the ONLY way you can
> see it is in the auditorium, they look at you like your from Mars
> and talking in tongues." just as, after you exhort them until you
> are blue in the face that they have to see cinema on a big screen,
> in the dark, they go ahead and watch it on their iPhone because it
> just doesn't make any difference to the culture in which they are
> enmeshed.

To me this is the biggest problem with teaching film, quite simply
many (most?) students don't seem to be interested in cinema anymore
so much as iPhone / download visual experience... forget renting
films, how do you even get them to watch videos? I have taught post-
graduates who wouldn't / couldn't watch a movie without talking - and
even had students answer their phones in class....



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