this blog will contain all of the information that I can come up with that deals with my research project in Dr. Lambiase's 5350 course in Journalism. Hopefully, some of it will be interesting and/or useful.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
I wanted to explain my position a little more clearly. What I am proposing is to take a sample of movies about journalists or containing journalists from each decade starting with the 30s or 40s (I will determine that later after some more research) all the way through the 90s including movies done in the first four years of the twenty-first century. I am hoping to be able to break down each film according to the technological resources available to the journalists in the movie. I then want to compare each decade for consistencies and discrepencies, technologically speaking. I do see a flaw in the fact that some of these films will be historical accounts from decades further in the past. I may be able to avoid these if I can find enough examples for my sample. The whole concept seems flimsy, but I think I should be able to pull it together to make an interesting paper. It probably won't be world changing, but it can be informative and possibly entertaining. www.newpaltz.edu is another site that hopefully will give me some valuable or even useable information. There is one more website that I've stumbled across that might be useful. It is www.ijpc.org. I think as I compile a list of films, the research path will become more clear. I know how I want it to turn out, but I'm not sure if that's possible. My future blogs should include titles of films that I hope to use, and maybe I will be able to organize the project so that it makes more sense. As I move forward, I think the pieces will slowly fall into place.
I may have an idea for my paper. I think I might be able to look at movies through the decades and determine what technologies were available and what technologies they were using. Basically, I could break down each decade with several movies, interpret what technology they used and whether or not it was feasible or behind the times. It's the first big idea I've had, and hopefully it will work. Sorry this one is so late.
I may have found something. These websites may provide some information that will be useful for my project. You can access the sites, hopefully, by doing the following:
click here and or here. You want to talk about panic website posting. I'm sure this is not going to work, because very few things, technologically speaking, do work for me. I'm also finding more and more films that deal with journalists. Again, tying them into technology is tough, but I may have found at least one interesting candidate. I'm not sure if anyone is a fan of Drew Barrymore, but she starred in a film called "Never Been Kissed." She plays a reporter for the Chicago something or other trying to get a story on teenage angst. She actually wears a pin on her lapel that has a camera on it. Hurray! for technology. I wonder if this counts, or if I am just grasping at straws.
Today has been a little better as far as finding helpful info on the Internet. From an excerpt of Frank Capra and the Image of the Journalist in American Film, I have learned about several new films about several different reporters and journalists, including famous or infamous gossip columnist Walter Winchell. I also find information on a journalism professor named Howard Good who has written seven books. Several of these deal with the portrayal of journalists in film. Unfortunately, from first glances, these books probably don't deal with too much technology, but I'll still check them out to be sure. I'm waiting to hear back from a friend of mine who used to work at Disney and now works for an independent production house. I'm hoping he can help me with my research. He is a wealth of film knowledge, although I'm not sure how good it will be considering his wife just gave birth to his first child in July. His brain is probably scrambled eggs right now, as mine will be in less than a month. I'm praying that I can get a fast start on this and other projects before my son is born.
I'm looking at different films that might offer different technologies used by journalists. One of the first films I thought of was "All the President's Men." I definitely remember seeing Redford and Hoffman (Woodward and Bernstein) working rapidly with their typewriters and making calls on rotary phones. The times have changed enough that I've also recalled another Hoffman movie called "Wag the Dog." I believe this movie shows how producers make their own war. I'm not sure how many journalists are involved, but the fact that they can produce a war is a pretty big technological breakthrough. Hopefully, I can find more movies that have journalists using the newest technology of their time. The internet has given some leads, but for the most part, they don't fall into the right category. I'm also trying to use friends that I know have way too much time on their hands. They usually watch a lot of movies, and with any luck they will be able to give me a few movie names to investigate.
After looking at my blog, I decided to explain the title of my blog. It's taken from a term used on a local Dallas/Fort Worth radio station. It refers to how one feels when trying to absorb too much information. I get this way too often, and I thought that putting this blog together and filling out the information necessary contributed to yet another battle with this malady. For anyone interested in the radio station in question, I'm going to attempt to add my first link. Please feel free to go to the ticket's website. I'm a big fan of this radio station, and I listen to it exclusively in my spare time. I would be what is referred to as a P-1. Does this count as a connection to mass media and new technology?
This is the very first entry in the greatest blog in history. But seriously, I hope that I can use this to get my feelings and thoughts out of my head and onto paper for use in my class without offending anyone. I will warn anyone that does read this that I am scatterbrained, and most, if not all, of my entries are not going to make perfect sense. I will try to clean up my act and present a blog that helps me create the biggest, baddest research paper ever. To be honest, I don't have a topic for my research paper yet. So, if anyone can respond to this in the near future with a topic that applies to Journalism 5350, New Technologies in Mass Media, I would be eternally grateful, or at least, for a week.