Technology and Cultural Form: Television

Summer 2009
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 am to 12:45 pm
SS320 (Comm Studio)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I will NOT be able to use Buffy the Vampire Slayer to teach this course during the summer.


This was the primary text I used for this course in previous semesters. But that was because I had the luxury of time to select highlight episodes across all seven seasons of the show. Because this is a summer course with a compressed schedule, I can no longer use this show without compromising its overarching narrative, so I'm now going to have to choose from among the following:


It may be a good time to showcase this lovely artifact and to finally use this text for class. Also, Twin Peaks is the very reason why I wanted to teach a television studies course in the first place, and it was also my first exposure to the field. I can show the entire series and maybe even Fire Walk with Me.


I was once seriously obsessed about this show, and if I show all the episodes until Series 3, I can end the course with a powerful ending that can stand alone if the students decide not to watch the Series 4 episodes onwards. I find it underrated, too, in this country anyway.


The last choice is not the least. In fact, this is admittedly the show I most want to use this summer. I really wish I can show this during a semester, with all four series and the Christmas episodes, but since it's the compressed summer schedule, I can just opt for Series One and Two (with "The Christmas Invasion") in between. This is the show I most want to proselytize to the Ateneo community, too.

Decisions, decisions.

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