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FINAL PROJECT

Visual Literacy & the Sociology of Perception

DEADLINES are posted in the Weekly Sequence

Now that you have honed your visual literacy skills, approach this final assignment with a critical eye as you apply what you have learned in class while finding meaning in imagery and addressing the sociology of perception. You have two choices for this Final Project, either:

1. A Directed Research Paper, or,

2. A Visual Essa

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FINAL PROJECT Visual Literacy & the Sociology of Perception DEADLINES are posted in the Weekly Sequence Now that you have honed your visual literacy skills, approach this final assignment with a critical eye as you apply what you have learned in class while finding meaning in imagery and addressing the sociology of perception. You have two choices for this Final Project, either: 1. A Directed Research Paper, or, 2. A Visual Essay Follow this guideline for your Final Project: Directed Research Paper should be to 5 to 6 typed double-spaced pages, not including Title and Works Cited pages. You must select one rhetorical strategy (either Informative, Argument/Persuasion, or Critical Analysis). This research paper MUST include reliable and verifiable outside research and must be properly cited using the MLA format. Any project that does not contain source attribution or parenthetical citations INSIDE THE PAPER will be returned with a zero for plagiarism. Your paper should be PREDOMINANTLY your own observations (approximately 60 percent), supported by research (no more than 40%). Also, be sure to incorporate thumb-nail images where necessary as well as the interdisciplinary aspect of the course by exploring the “sociological of perception” when addressing your topic. Visual Essay (10 to 12 slides, not including Title or Works Cited pages; approximately 3 minutes in length) and posted on YouTube for easy access. It must be creative, seamless, easy to navigate, and include powerful images, quotes, videos, and short snippets of solid and verifiable research (cited using MLA format right on the individual slides). Incorporating music is optional. You are required to narrate your presentation with audio commentary to elaborate on the talking points from your slides. In other words, the text on your slides should be minimal but your voice-over narration should be strong and bring real depth to your topic. Consider using a free platform such as Zoom or Adobe Spark to record your presentation. If you are more comfortable with PowerPoint, feel free to use that software but avoid the trappings of a traditional PP (be as CREATIVE as possible). As always in this interdisciplinary course, don’t forget to explore the “sociological of perception” when addressing your topic. Please choose one topic from the list below: 1. Research and demonstrate how the U.S. government utilized photography and made the camera a "weapon of war" to motivate citizens to support U.S. involvement in WWI (1914-1918). Or, demonstrate how the government used photography to "glamorize" WWII rather than reveal the truth about what U.S. soldiers were experiencing in the trenches. 2. Compare the photojournalistic coverage of World War II to that of Vietnam to that of the contemporary U.S. wars in the Middle East. 3. Explore how and what images have idealized – and distorted – the concept of the American family and/or the American Dream. Do not replicate any research already discussed in class. 4. Critically analyze the representation of ONE marginalized group (African Americans, women, LGBTQ, Native Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Appalachian, little people, autistic individuals, gypsies, or bikers, etc.) in film and television, deconstructing these stereotypes. 5. Go back to the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement and make a study of the myriad photographs that documented racism in the Deep South. What impact did these images have on the American psyche and how did these photographs accelerate the fight for equality and desegregation across the country? Be sure to include the photos in your paper. 6. Critically examine a prominent documentarian, such as Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Barbara Koppel, Oliver Stone, or Errol Morris and identify the techniques that he/she uses and the effectiveness of those techniques as well as their impact on society. 7. Step into the world of American photographer and "modernist" Paul Strand and explore how his work established photography as an “art form” in the 1920s, thereby changing the view of photography forever. Be sure to include examples in your paper. 8. Research stereotyping in comic books/comic strips OR video games. What misnomers do they convey, how have they changed over the last 40 years, and is there any place for them in a modern, pluralistic society? Be sure to include these examples in your paper. 9. Explore and analyze photographer Matt Black’s 100,00-mile trek through the U.S. as he documents the “Geography of Poverty.” What “statement” is he attempting to make, who is listening, and can his work make a difference? 10. Look at the media's portrayal of feminism and leading feminists starting in the late '60s and track it to today’s representation (be sure to include political cartoons). Observe, and discuss, how the images and media messages have changed -- and distorted -- the meaning of the very word feminism and the movement itself. Be sure to address the sociological impact as well. 11. Select a topic and find both a documentary and a fiction film that address that topic. Compare and contrast these genres, analyzing techniques used by each and address the sociological impact that each one had. An example might be American History X and recent documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy. 12. Select a controversial “still” photographer, such as Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel-Peter Witkin, Guy Bourdin, Jan Saudek, or Mary Ellen Mark and analyze the relationship between the photographer and his/her subjects, addressing issues of ethics, responsibility, pride vs. exploitation, as well as the subject’s “awareness” of society’s view of the content of the photographs. Be sure to include the photos in your paper. 13. Explore the powerful photography of Lewis Hine who published thousands of photographs of children working in factories and mills in the early 1900s. What impact did his photography have on the American viewpoint and the subsequent changes in child labor laws? Be sure to include some photos in your paper. 14. Explore the contributions of Marshall McLuhan whose work in the 1970s was viewed as an important “cornerstone of the study of media theory” particularly in the world of advertising and television. Not only did he coin the expressions “the medium is the message” and the “global village,” but he predicted the invention of the World Wide Web close to 30 years before its introduction. What would Marshall McLuhan say about “the medium is the message” (later transformed to the tongue-in-cheek “the medium is the massage”) if he were alive today? 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Any project that does not contain source attribution or parenthetical citations INSIDE THE PAPER will be returned with a zero for plagiarism. Your paper should be PREDOMINANTLY your own observations (approximately 60 percent), supported by research (no more than 40%). Also, be sure to incorporate thumb-nail images where necessary as well as the interdisciplinary aspect of the course by exploring the “sociology of perception” when addressing your topic. Please choose one topic from the list below: 1. Research and demonstrate how the U.S. government utilized photography and made the camera a "weapon of war" to motivate citizens to support U.S. involvement in WWI (1914-1918). Or, demonstrate how the government used photography to "glamorize" WWII rather than reveal the truth about what U.S. soldiers were experiencing in the trenches. 2. Compare the photojournalistic coverage of World War II to that of Vietnam to that of the contemporary U.S. wars in the Middle East. 3. Explore how and what images have idealized – and distorted – the concept of the American family and/or the American Dream. Do not replicate any research already discussed in class. 4. Critically analyze the representation of ONE marginalized group (African Americans, women, LGBTQ, Native Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, Appalachian, little people, autistic individuals, gypsies, or bikers, etc.) in film and television, deconstructing these stereotypes. 5. Go back to the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement and make a study of the myriad photographs that documented racism in the Deep South. What impact did these images have on the American psyche and how did these photographs accelerate the fight for equality and desegregation across the country? Be sure to include the photos in your paper. 6. Critically examine a prominent documentarian, such as Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Barbara Koppel, Oliver Stone, or Errol Morris and identify the techniques that he/she uses and the effectiveness of those techniques as well as their impact on society. 7. Step into the world of American photographer and "modernist" Paul Strand and explore how his work established photography as an “art form” in the 1920s, thereby changing the view of photography forever. Be sure to include examples in your paper. 8. Research stereotyping in comic books/comic strips OR video games. What misnomers do they convey, how have they changed over the last 40 years, and is there any place for them in a modern, pluralistic society? Be sure to include these examples in your paper. 9. Explore and analyze photographer Matt Black’s 100,00-mile trek through the U.S. as he documents the “Geography of Poverty.” What “statement” is he attempting to make, who is listening, and can his work make a difference? 10. Look at the media's portrayal of feminism and leading feminists starting in the late '60s and track it to today’s representation (be sure to include political cartoons). Observe, and discuss, how the images and media messages have changed -- and distorted -- the meaning of the very word feminism and the movement itself. Be sure to address the sociological impact as well. 11. Select a topic and find both a documentary and a fiction film that address that topic. Compare and contrast these genres, analyzing techniques used by each and address the sociological impact that each one had. An example might be American History X and recent documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy. 12. Select a controversial “still” photographer, such as Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel-Peter Witkin, Guy Bourdin, Jan Saudek, or Mary Ellen Mark and analyze the relationship between the photographer and his/her subjects, addressing issues of ethics, responsibility, pride vs. exploitation, as well as the subject’s “awareness” of society’s view of the content of the photographs. Be sure to include the photos in your paper. 13. Explore the powerful photography of Lewis Hine who published thousands of photographs of children working in factories and mills in the early 1900s. What impact did his photography have on the American viewpoint and the subsequent changes in child labor laws? Be sure to include some photos in your paper. 14. Explore the contributions of Marshall McLuhan whose work in the 1970s was viewed as an important “cornerstone of the study of media theory” particularly in the world of advertising and television. Not only did he coin the expressions “the medium is the message” and the “global village,” but he predicted the invention of the World Wide Web close to 30 years before its introduction. What would Marshall McLuhan say about “the medium is the message” (later transformed to the tongue-in-cheek “the medium is the massage”) if he were alive today? ...
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Ken Burns
Synopsis
Ken Burns was born in the year 1953, in Brooklyn New York. He is the founder of the company
called Florentine films. The Florentine film started its operations in the year 1976. It was in the
year 19981 that his first documentary earned him an Academy nomination. The Brooklyn Bridge
was nominated by the movie academy as the best documentary. He has a couple of
documentaries on his name that are going to be discussed in the analysis.

Early life
Kenneth Lauren Burns is a renowned American filmmaker with a couple of documentary series
on his name. He was born in the year 1953 in Brooklyn New York. He was taken to two parents
who were both academicians. His mother was a , and his father was a cultural anthropologist. As
an academic family, they were always on the move (Thelen 1038). They once lived in Delaware,
and in Ann Arbor where his father was once a lecture at the University of Michigan.
Different incidences shaped the life of Ken Burns when he was still a kid. A good example was
the death of his mother when he was at the age of 11. His mother died of breast cancer, a disease
which was diagnosed when Burn was at the age of 3.Ken burns admitted later that this was one
of the incidences that shaped his career when he was growing up. Ken Burns also appreciates the

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presence of his father-in-law in his life. The latter was a psychologist who had an in-depth
perspective about the duty that his career carried. He told Ken burns that his whole mission was
to try and bring people who were long gone back to life. Ken Burns started his film making
career at the age of 17. This was after he received an 8mm film camera as a present for his
birthday. His fast documentary was about the Ann Arbor factory.
After graduating from high school, he had offers from Michigan University, but he turned them
down. Even after having the tuitions reduced. He turned out the offer because, in Michigan,
students were graded basing n later grades (Harlan 174). He preferred Hampshire College
because the students were ranked based on how good they were in narrating stories. Hampshire
College also provided an opportunity to concentrate on their academics by themselves and would
be limited to major. At this level of study, Ken Burns in a record store where he was paid a few
dollars. It was in this store that he learned a few photography techniques. Photographers such as
Jerome Liebling and El...

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