Welcome to the Media Show Case Study site! This case study takes an in-depth look at the production of The Media Show to explore three subject areas:
You can follow those links to begin exploring each of those topics. Or check out the links to the left under “Featured Posts” — they’re the crème de la crème of the material we’ve posted here.
Another way to explore this material is to visit the Categories or Tags pages. Categories include a full list of episodes, which you can browse by title and air date. Tags include themes which may be relevant to a subject you are covering in class; we recommend using these to look for the subject you’re most interested in.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ages of students is this case targeted for?
Because The Media Show was initially targeted for student use out-of-school, in competition with other entertainment media properties, the themes and language can be pretty grown-up. Community and state college instructors seem to think the material is well-suited for their students. Be sure to view any episodes you plan on showing by yourself beforehand to be sure the content is OK for your class. That said, we do have episodes which you might use in your high school or even junior-high class; just use your judgment.
The subject areas overlap a lot. How am I supposed to tell which is which?
Well, this is a case study, and case studies are all about poorly-structured problems. That means that just like real life, there aren’t many dividing lines between subjects and there’s no clear start and finish. When we make videos, we are thinking about cinematography, lighting, and sound — which are part of media literacy — and which may affect whether our videos “go viral” or not. Part of the goal of this material is to hone your ability to come to your own conclusions and make a good argument for your point by selecting evidence. So dig in — explore! The three “track” links at the top of this page are good places to start.
Where are your lesson plans?
At this point in time, we do not have fully written-out lesson plans. Besides, we don’t know how long your class periods are, how old or experienced your students are, or where in your syllabus you plan to use The Media Show. We do, however, recommend supplemental material for use with each episode in our Lesson Resources section. And if you’d like to see an example of The Media Show being used in a classroom, you can check out our video documentation of teaching the Yell and Sell episode in a Brooklyn high school class.