This week my Media Theory and Methods class will be studying Chapter 10 Ethnomethodology and Chapter 11 Participant Observation. Students are reading about how, ‘Love is a Game’ and how humor can add to a story. Their first group activity include creating a conversation by using Harold Garfinkel’s experiment method on what it is like to be a boarder at a dinner party where you know no one. Each group added some sort of implied humor to their creative dialogue.
Students will be comparing older comics to today’s comic strips for an assignment. One of their discussion forums for participant observation is to take a series of photographs throughout their day and than analyze them. Students are to compare their photos with other students and clarify what’s similar and different in the photographs. Each student is also working on their brief prospectus and preliminary bibliography for their media research project.