A collage a day keeps the apple at bay. I am a big fan of Martin O’Neills collage work. Here is his website: http://cutitout.co.uk/ He did an illustration series for the Guardian a few years ago, and I bought every issue just for the illustrations.
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Do you crave some silly internet cats once in a while? Go to cat bounce for some instant cheer.
Hey, I did not know that there used to be a superhero, ahem, space ranger called Rocky Jones with television show, comics, merchandizing and all. Makes me proud to be a Jones myself. :-)
Check out the squeaky clean Space Ranger Code: I pledge
- to obey my parents at all times
- to be kind an courteous to all
- to be brave in the course of freedom, to help the weak
- to obey the law at all times
- to grow up clean in mind, strong in body
Children actually bought this? How times have changed.
Which reminds me of the conference “Flashbacks – nostalgic media and mediated forms of nostalgia” coming up on 13-14 September 2012 in Basel, Switzerland. The preliminary program is here http://flashbacks2012.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/flashbacks_program3.pdf*
Some things I love about digital culture:
1. Phone cameras are great. I use my phone camera more for taking pictures than talking to people. I am considering an upgrade, not because I need it, but because I heard the camera is even better. This funny picture with caption sums it up.
2. Google image search. I use it for lots of different purposes. I sometimes pluck images from the Internet, but forget to note down where they came from. Google image search helps me find the source. If I am lucky, though not in this case. The image has been reposted way over 50 times, so that it would take some serious detective work to find the original. I wish Google had a function where you can list results by publication date.
Many people, of course, have been aware of this for a long time, and I am not talking about conspiracy theorists. However, until recently this was never discussed in mainstream media: the fact, that real power today lies not with democratically elected politicians, but with global corporations. Here is an article regarding a recent and highly interesting study about the “the capitalist network that runs the world” published in the New Scientist.
And today Andrew Rawnsley from The Observer writes about the powerlessness of world leaders facing the economic crisis: The failure of the G20 summit has dramatically advertised the incapacity of the political elite to rise to the crisis.
Well sure, they could use the power that people have vested in them for enormous changes, if they decided to. But that would mean taking quite radical steps most politicians, I fear, are not prepared to take.
Here is a small collection of cartoons. Political cartoons, of course, are some of the most long-standing ways of using words and images combined to deliver a strong message. There is plenty more to be found in the Facebook group TRAP – The Real Art of Protest.
This one is for our son and his friends, facing difficult career choices, that is, if they have any choices, once the have left school.
Maiyko does wonderfully creative stuff with a group of preschool children. Here are some examples of work done inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now!” More can be found at Maiyko’s Photobucket. It is amazing, may look simple, but you can tell that a lot of work and thought has gone into these images. Children most likely reflected on Dr. Seuss’ text and illustrations, came up with their own ideas, wrote their text, made colorful drawings emphasizing the outlines with black pen, added onomatopoetic sound bubbles and even a pretty frame. That is truly multimodal literacy at its best!
I have had this idea for a primary school class project, where children paint animals “talking” in speech bubbles, which I would love to see put into practice, so when I found these paintings by Martin Praska they made me smile. They are called: Bear, thinking of Love, Rabbit, thinking of Beauty, and Fox, thinking of the Universe, respectively.
Here are some funny faux vintage ads from Maximidia Vintage Ads – Poster download.
Recently I found out by accident that I have far more subscribers to my blog than I ever imagined. I have not posted for a while, because I have been busy at other sites, but I was so touched when I found out, that I decided to keep posting at least once in a while some of the things I come across, even if I don’t have much time to write thoughtful comments. So here without much further ado a few things related to the educational potential of actions figures, all from a very different perspective. Im my research on superheroes, actions figures played a part, of course. Now here are a couple of videos: firstly, the Brontë Sisters Power Dolls, a must for anybody who loves Victorian novels!
Brontë Sisters Power Dolls
Secondly, Henry Jenkins on “Toying with Transmedia: The Future of Entertainment is Child’s Play” talking at length about actions figures. Jenkins argues such toys served children and young adults as “authoring tools” in stories that grew increasingly elaborate and technologically sophisticated over the years, spawning new kinds of play in our own time. Transmedia is not about “dumbing down popular culture,” Jenkins says. It involves complex mythologies that kids and adults can throw themselves into, with large casts of vivid characters in complex plots rivaling those in Russian novels. Transmedia storytelling also encourages children to “play out different fantasies,” Follow the link to see the video of his talk.Toying with Transmedia: The Future of Entertainment is Child’s Play | MIT World.
This was, kind of, what I wanted to get at in my MA thesis, but of course Henry Jenkins takes it a lot further and much more eloquently than I ever could.
Thirdly, here are David Gauntlett’s actions figures of famous theorists –Anthony Giddens and Michel Foucault – Even though they are almost ten years old, they still makes me smile.
And did I say, that I recently dug out my son’s box of action figures and matchbox cars? (He had wanted to sell them on e-bay last year, but I got upset and I insisted to keep them myself if he did not want to. This summer, I started playing with them and my other new toy, the camera on my iPhone. I might post some of the results soon.
I love all the picture and comic books the children have produced in the winter term during the first phase of the research project “Media Education in Primary Schools”.
This year I will be presenting some of my research into teaching media literacy/multimodal literacy in primary schools, based on results from the MIVA Project on the following international conferences:
„Key Concepts revisited: Teaching Teachers about Media Literacy“ as part of the Symposiums: Teaching Media Literacy in Primary Schools at UKLA International Conference 1010 „The Changing Face of Literacy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,“ Winchester, 9.-11. July 2010
Abstract: Teaching Media Literacy in Primary Schools
“Teaching media literacy with magazines and comics: a case study from Austrian primary schools“ 32. International IBBY Congress, Santiago de Compostela. 8.-12. September, http://www.ibbycompostela2010.org/
Abstract: Teaching Media Literacy with Magazines and Comics
I will also be presenting at some national conferences and seminars, for example at the Bundestagung zur ganzheitlich-kreativen Lernkultur an der Sekundarstufe 1: BMUKK und in Zusammenarbeit mit der Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien, 27.-28.09.2010. Looking forward to it all.
Lovely illustrations by Tine Neubert from digitale-schule-bayern.de and lots of other educational resources such as picture stories.
I got this from Ferret Press Panel Blog on WAY BACK MACHINE, from 2001, a comic about minor comic book character Aaron Stack, aka X-51, aka Machine Man who is a stranger-in-a-strange-land. Mind you, this is how I feel sometimes when I wake up in the morning. Click to enlarge.
Diptych Riddle by Matthias Hammer and the quote “I find the romanticism of the tasteless delightful” (Max Brod, 1913) from here:
Two books I came across recently, online, but have not held in my hand. They both look interesting in their own way.
2. Concrete poetry book “wild life rifle fire” by Paul Siegell. You can get a signed copy here: http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com/
I have introduced ComicLife to a group of primar school teachers, and it will be interesting to see what they will be coming up with in their classrooms. In the meantime I found this comic.
Edupunks, meddlers in the middle, teaching as subversive activity – where is my research leading me to next?