9 Jan. Arks & Apocalypse

Part I. First Week Video Workshop

Get into groups based on the WOVEN mode you plan to focus on in your First Week Video. Once in your groups, please discuss the following. I’ll come around and chat with each group:

  • 1. What example from your past supports the expectations you articulate above in your video?
  • 2. How do you plan to overcome the challenge you anticipate facing?
  • 3. How will you use the affordances of video as a mode (i.e., foreground/background, framing subjects, shot size/location, alignment, lighting, sound, animation, titles, etc.) to reinforce the goals of the argument?

Part II. Freewrite/Discussion, Cohen, “Noah’s Arkive”

Write for 5 mins without stopping in response to the following:
According to Jeffrey Cohen, what are some ways we represent the future, i.e. stories, movies, images, etc.? What are the benefits and drawbacks to the modes of representation he analyzes?

Part III. Application, Imaginative Limits

  • At the end of the essay’s first paragraph, Jeffrey Cohen explains that when we imagine the future, “We cannot not think in catastrophic terms.” Then he asks, “But as we brace for denouement in storm and tempest, what does our apocalyptic imagination unveil about the limits of our environmental frames, the limits of the stories that we tell?”
  • Let’s watch the clips below, describe/summarize what is going on, and then explain how the movies illustrate both the potentials and limits of apocalyptic thinking and/or the stories we tell about the future.



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