Codes/Conventions & Values/Ideology

Hey there Punkazoids,

Today we read the text and took some board notes about media codes and conventions. We also looked at the values that media promotes and how that might clash with your personal ideology.

As a homework assignment, you were given a handout to complete. You are to pick a television show you know well. On the sheet, break down the codes and conventions -both symbolic and technical- of that show and explain what values/ideology it promotes.

If you’ve already lost the handout, here it is:

Codes, Conventions and Ideology

Get this done for next time. Yes, I will check it.


Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.                                          – Homer Simpson
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Argument Styles and the Last Lecture

Hey Thuglings,

Today we did 3 things. First, we took up that sheet I gave you for homework on the Bill Clinton speech.

Secondly, we talked a bit about different argument styles. This sheet is not one I created on computer, it’s one I photocopied out of an English text so I don’t have this one available for download. If you need an extra copy, come see me. I’ll keep several extras in class.

Thirdly, we watched the opening of “The Last Lecture” given by the late Randy Pausch. There’s a lot of good stuff here about how to give a persuasive speech (using technology, energy, eye contact, relating to your audience, humour) that you can learn. It’s also pretty moving when you know the whole story.

Here’s the video, in case you’re interested in watching the rest.

and here’s his five second cameo in the recent STAR TREK movie reboot.

Next class we start using what we’ve learned.

Have a good weekend,


Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils 
                                             – Louis Hector Berlioz
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Additional Lit Devices

Just a reminder that after the long and protracted ordeal of signing out text books, we finally settled down and learned some new Lit Devices (Not ‘decives’) which you will need over the year.

Make sure you understand and have notes regarding:

  • Character – Dynamic vs. Static
  • Irony – Verbal, Situational and Dramatic
  • Metaphor and Simile
  • Foreshadowing
  • Symbolism

I’ll get those plots graphs to you soon. Keep up the good work.


Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.                -Anon

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