On May 4th, we had Mr.Kew and Ms. Cox’s English classes hold a cross-class media fair, in which each student would present a poster which showed how different media sources can send different opinions or outlooks on the exact same topic. Each poster consisted of portraying 5 different media sources, with images or references to each one, and annotations which analysed the opinion being conveyed, the techniques used for that text type, etc. A variety of topics were presented all the way from “McDonalds” to “Is Time Travel possible”, which made the fair very entertaining because the topics that were covered included those I have never thought about before.
I looked at 3 different posters, the first one by Kento Shirotsuka on whether Time Travel is possible. Personally, this was my favourite one, the 5 media sources being a Documentary, Movie, Youtube Video, an Anime Series and a Song. The reason why I liked this is because of the Youtube video, which explained how Stephen Hawking tried an experiment involving putting out flyers and posters inviting potential time travellers to a meeting at a certain place at a certain time. If time travel came to existence in the future, the time travelers could come back to this year and thus the meeting. To Hawkings expectations no one came to the meeting…
Secondly I looked at Yongwon Choi’s poster which was on Climate Change, focusing on the question “Are we responsible for Global Warming”, and using the media sources of a News Report, Political Cartoon, TV Advertisement, Graph and Article. The most interesting was the Cartoon because it visually gave us an understanding of the crisis and the effects we would be having on Earth. The Graph also helped because it gave me a more solid understanding and precise description of human impact on the heating of Earth.
Finally I looked at Gens poster which focused on Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt during the 2006 World Cup Final against Italy. He chose the 5 media sources to be a youtube video, news article, news cast, song, and a photograph.W What made this topic so entertaining was how the incident is not something we talk about because it doesn’t seem that significant of an event in the year 2015, and furthermore because it focuses on one action that occurred in the matter of 10 seconds. The song about the incident was very fun to watch because it started off with very pleasant uplifitng background music while a person sang, which I found out was to create an effect of mockery against those who provoked Zidane in the event, and therefore support Zidane.