Ems - Summer I ’11 - T101 Lecture 23: the Truman ShowPresentation Transcript
Welcome to Summer T101 Day 25!
Today: Midterm review tomorrow. Come with questions! Professor Mark Deuze will be joining us tomorrow! We’ll quickly recap the 3 ways of viewing reality in a media life we’ve already talked about. Then talk about the Truman Show way of viewing reality.
Media Life: The point of it all Pick your reality
Ok. We think about media differently now. What can we do with this new understanding?
Before we can answer that we have to know two things: 1. What is it that we can do something to? Or, what is reality? 2. What is our role in that reality?
Is reality ours?
Or is reality just mine?
The fourth way to view reality in a media life: The Truman Show
In a media life we are together alone.
Best of Youtube – the stories we tell become more important than the actual events.
Truman Show Delusion – (TSD)
In an interview with WebMD, Joel Gold says, “The Truman Show delusion encompasses a patient’s entire life. They believe their family, friends, and co-workers are all reading from scripts and their home, workplace, and hospital are all sets. They believe they are being filmed for the whole world to see.”
“The TSD is a pathological product of our insatiable appetite for self-exposure. Delusions are often related to the larger cultural and political climate: during the cold war some people thought they were being monitored by the KGB. Today, some might think Al Qaeda is after them. When all it takes is a webcam and the click of a mouse to be seen and heard by millions, and with hundreds of surveillance cameras capturing our movements each day, it's not necessary to go on "Big Brother" to feel like you're in the public eye.”
The thing is. Unlike Truman, we can’t leave. So, what will you do?
Reading Comprehension Exercise 1. So we now have learned about 4 different ways to view reality in a media life. Which one strikes you as best describing the way we live in the world today? Why do you feel that way? 2. Are there elements from each that help to build out our understanding of our role in the world and what we are capable of doing? What are those elements? What can we do?