The Final Exam will take place on Monday, June 6, 8-11 a.m. You will be responsible for chs. 9, 10, 14 in our textbook Media Essentials, chapter 7 in Ways of Seeing, and the key concepts from the readings in the Course Reader/e-readings as well as lectures from Weeks 5.5 to 10. The final list of readings is included in Meredith's suggested review guide. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALSO READ THE ASSIGNED READINGS IN ADDITION TO THE REFERENCE MATERIAL BELOW.

Extra Credit Assignment

Here is another Extra Credit Assignment that you may elect to do, it is due by the last day of classes, Friday, June 3rd.

Extra Sections

Monday, May 30th @ 12:30 : Communications Building
PLEASE GET TO THE BUILDING AT 12:20 - IT'S LOCKED BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY AND I WILL HAVE TO LET YOU IN. Students in Sections C & D who have not presented in sections yet, please make it to this session to present.

Friday, June 3rd @ 6:00 pm : Communications Building
Final Exam review with slides and other tips.

Course Tutor Available

Learning Support Services (LSS) offers course-specific tutoring that is available for all students enrolled in 20B. Students are eligible for up to one-hour of tutoring per week, and may sign-up as individuals or in small groups of 4 at beginning April 5th at 10:00am.



What is the format of the final exam?

-Multiple Choice questions, 25 points

-Identification questions, 25 points (the Midterm Exam had 40 points in this section)
-Short Answer questions, 42 points (the Midterm Exam had 35 points in this section)
-1 Essay question, 10 points

Will the short answer questions be compound questions, i.e., 6/7 part questions? Should each question be answered as a separate question?

-Yes, the short questions will comprise sub-questions/elements (similar to the Midterm Exam). You can answer each question "independently" as a separate unit to earn as many points as possible.

What can be expected in terms of the length of essay vs. short answer question?

-4 to 5 paragraphs (or longer) ~ intro, thesis (take the opportunity to take a position), couple of paragraphs illustrating examples, conclusion

- state an intelligent position on the subject of the essay question

- the essay structure must have a flow, be coherent and build up in terms of an argument.

(Realize that you are being asked to write an essay in the context of an exam. It is, however, much shorter than a traditional essay, and it is understood that it won't be as formal.)

Tips to a successful essay question:

-Read the exam question and become familiar with what is being asked, think about how you want to approach answering it

-OUTLINE your ideas first (i.e., according to paragraphs, and even subpoints within the paragraphs)

-Formulate a thesis/main argument (i.e., the position you want to take, and which will provide *you* with the rationale for writing/completing the essay question)

-Draft it

-If you have time, re-write it out a second time

-Be watchful of the time, and give yourself about 30 minutes (or longer) to work on the essay question.


Will pdfs of the lecture slides be made available?

-Check back at our 20B Course Website this weekend

How much of the spectacle and/or fan culture will be part of the Final Exam?

-Both will appear on the Final Exam, there may be some extra credit questions. Spectacle will be mostly conceptual, fan culture might be more specific.

Can a list of clips seen since the Midterm be provided?

-Yes, it will be made available (at the course website) shortly.

Do the readings start from week 6 or week 5?

-Material from Thursday, April 28 onwards (i.e., second half of week 5) will be tested on the Final Exam.



“We accept the reality with which we are presented.” ~ Christof, creator of The Truman Show


What makes the television program, The Truman Show (within the film, The Truman Show) a documentary or not a documentary?

What are ways that The Truman Show is a form of Reality Television?

How does the cinematography function?, e.g., camera angles, techniques, etc.

How do elements such as sets, setting, costuming, color palette, music, sound design, casting figure into the film’s exploration of viewing practices? (Note ironic uses of names.)

Do you think the film’s critique of television is fair or effective? Is it a productive commentary on T.V.?


20B Screening/Clip List (Weeks 1-5)








GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES (“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” performed by Marilyn Monroe)


Network: Discussion Questions

  • How is technology, itself, part of what constitutes news? (Thinking about the lecture about television news, on 4/14.)
  • How are ratings portrayed as significant, and do you think your viewing practices affect a network's decisions?
  • Can you connect the story in NETWORK to today's reality programming, how?
  • What do you think about the depiction of gender dynamics in this film, and what are the ways that Faye Dunaway's character is (or is not) feminist; are there ways in which this lead female character is counter-hegemonic, are there ways in which she is ideologically contained?
  • Think about how a-film-about-television narrativizes television differently than how we usually see television, and to what effect.
  • Is television hopelessly a "vast wasteland"? Do you believe television is medium that can be used for social change (if not "liberation")?
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    First Assignment

    You can download a .pdf of your first essay assignment by clicking the link below:

    First Essay Assignment

    We also recommend looking at the documents outlining the Critical Process below:

    Critical Process 1
    Critical Process 2


    Grading Criteria for First Assignment

    Papers must cite sources properly and employ a consistent editorial style (i.e., MLA or Chicago). Papers are evaluated according to: clarity of argumentation, conceptual rigor, and fluency of writing style. Letter grades are determined according to the following criteria:

    A An excellent paper, with a strong and sophisticated thesis that is well-supported through clear and engaging writing, that adroitly incorporates references to other work, and which comes to a solid conclusion; demonstrative of having gone through a few drafts

    A-  A very good paper, with a clear thesis that posits a unique argument that is followed-through by skillful writing, a smooth use of quotations and concepts, and which comes to a logical conclusion; well thought-out and polished

    B+ A good paper, with an obvious thesis and which articulates good points but may have some unclear statements or unfinished ideas, and might not conclude as strongly or ambitiously as it began; would be improved by further revision

    B A paper that has some good elements, with a focused topic/theme and offering some insightful points but which does not present a clear thesis statement and includes one or more incomplete statements or thoughts; its conclusion may be too brief or too simple; needs to go through another draft or two to strengthen the writing

    B-  A paper that has a few promising elements, with an identifiable topic/theme but which lacks a well-developed thesis statement and includes several incomplete statements or thoughts; its conclusion is simple or incomplete; needs to go through a couple more drafts to strengthen the writing


    Class Overview

    This course will give you an introduction to Television Studies. It is a required course for Film and Digital Media majors, and students from other departments are welcome, space permitting. The focus of the course is on televisual texts as forms of mythmaking: How are stories – societal myths – told, sustained, and possibly challenged through television culture? Moreover, you will be asked to consider how different forms of television and technology affect bodies of knowledge and ways of thinking. How actively engaged are you in your media citizenship?

    Class Details

    Course Instructor:
    Professor L.S. Kim
    127 Communications Building

    Tues & Thurs
    12:00 - 1:45 pm
    J Bask Aud 101

    Office Hours 
    Thu: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    and by appointment

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