Piotr Drzewiecki, Ph. D.
Institute of Media Education and Jornalism
Cardinal Stephan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Imre Szíjártó, Ph. D. – with his students and cooperators – has prepared three media educational films: (1) A moral tale: Budapest Night and Day, (2) Zoboomafoo with the Kraft Brothers, or the media representation of reality and (3) “The author is dead. Long live the author!” The creative “I” in the moving image. These are records of Imre’s lessons with three groups of students: moving and media culture, andragogy and social pedagogy, and also geography. Films are a part of educational programme Developing Media Literacy Teaching methods class with the students…, realized in 2013 by EKF Department of Moving Image Studies, funded by the European Social Fund – TAMOP-4.2.2.C-II/1/KONV 4.2. Media literacy, media usage, media consumption in divers socio-cultural environments. A short impression and review.
I saw these films during our warsaw workshops with Imre and András Monory Mész, Ph.D. March, 5-6th 2014: Hungary: education and films (Drzewiecki, 2014a; 2014b). My students participated in a very interesting session. On the screen we saw the others students participating in Imre lesson. We were also participants, because Imre was with us in real. It’s a very interesting didactics method – new kind of educational active method – I called this solution “double lesson”. It was activitated students. We had some technical problems with DVD and an effect was not so good with one of these films. But this was a very interesting proposition for active media education in group. It’s also important for me, because I’ve studied actives method for many years, used these methods in my work (Drzewiecki, 2010). The screen was a mirror of our media experiences, the same experience like in cases our colleges from Hungary. Good technique. I think, I would like to use it in my educational work.
Yes, it was like an educational mirror, because we have in these films three most important for modern media studies questions: what is and why media are only representation, construct of reality (1), where is authors/subjectional “I” in modern media (audiovisual) messages and (3) what moral problems are representing in docu-reality tv formats? After watching film we have discussed of these problems with students. Polish auditorium didn’t know some programmes like Zobomafoo (Wikipedia, n.d.) or Budapest: Night and Day (Wikipedia, n.d.), but we have similar production. For example this is Warsaw Shore, very controversial docu-reality with young people lives in Warsaw (MTV, n.d.).
Yes, we have the same problems with media, the same questions and the same media educational challenge. So we need more international initiatives in this area. Maybe UNESCO information and medial programmes will be a good way or – for our east and middle Europa countries – cultural programmes Visegrad Funds. We need an answer. We need cooperate.
- Drzewiecki, Piotr (2010): Media Aktywni. Dlaczego i jak uczyć edukacji medialnej? Available online at http://presscafe.eu/podrecznik checked on 4/06/2014.
- Drzewiecki, Piotr (2014a): Węgierska lekcja edukacji medialnej. Available online at http://presscafe.eu/archives/8212, updated on 3/05/2014, checked on 4/06/2014.
- Drzewiecki, Piotr (2014b): Węgry: edukacja i film – podsumowanie w radio Loud i fotografie na stronie UKSW. Available online at http://presscafe.eu/archives/8237, updated on 3/10/2014, checked on 4/06/2014.
- MTV (n.d.): Warsaw Shore – ekipa z Warszawy. Available online at http://www.mtv.pl/wideo/1728-warsaw-shore-ekipa-z-warszawy, checked on 4/06/2014.
- Wikipedia (n.d.): Night and Day (TV series). Available online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_and_Day_(TV_series), checked on 4/06/2014.
- Wikipedia (n.d.): Zoboomafoo. Available online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoboomafoo, checked on 4/06/2014.
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