The Power in Media

November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

For the future I hope to use the research that I have done to understand the function and power that media and advertisement can have. I feel that this knowledge will be applicable with whatever career path I choose to take. I want to use this knowledge to promote behavioral changes that can have positive outcomes on the society and the environment. While I realize that there are other constructions at play that affect a person’s behavior and decisions, I feel that knowledge about advertisement and how changes in advertisement presentation and tactics have influenced people are still key. 

Strange Victory

November 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week I found a documentary of post war race relations made in 1947 called ‘Strange Victory.’ It was made by Barnet Lee Rosset, Jr. who was a unsuccessful soldier but who went on to take over Grove Press and build it into a huge,  influential company. At the time he made this documentary, however, he was quite young and disenchanted with the way in which African American soldiers were being treated after the war, with little access to the benefits of the GI Bill and even restriction to voting. It was co-produced by Leo Hurwitz, Jr. who was a staunch left-wing activist with Communist leanings who had developed several successful documentaries. The movie was a commercial failure, partially due to the post war euphoria of victory and the national mood of optimism which firmly eschewed criticism. I hope to use it to understand critical perspectives during that time period that saw inequalities happening and sought, against the cultural norms, to point them out and do  something.

“Art of Darkness”- False Advertisement and Culture of British Caribbean Slaves

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Although I was not able to make it into the Media Resource Center this week, I was able to find a media resource that I believe will be very beneficial for my project.

As we all already know, my research centers on Britain’s hand in the advancement and ultimately end of the Atlantic Slave trade, targeting what role Britain actually played in the preservation in slavery has been my main agenda, however, the culture that it created and fostered fell off my radar. This film not only discusses race and culture in the Caribbean British Isles, but it unlocks the door of advertisement and depictions in the British mainland. This film observes the false view depicted of slavery in the Caribbean’s. I look forward to delving into this film.


Matt Bikoff: Visual Resources

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

For this week, because I presented my film resources last week, I elaborated on some other visual resources. 

This image is the topographical map of locations of Hessian and British prisoners at Continental garrisons around Winchester, VA


I also found a list of Hessian prisoners of the Americans from after the revolutionary war: 



The last image I found shows the general situation of where Hessian prisoners were located after the Continental victory at the battle of Yorktown:


It is interesting to note that all of these images relate to the transportation and internment of Hessian prisoners. There are few documents revealing only Hessian positions. In fact, many articles have stated that the Hessians had quite a minor role in the war.

Film and Special Collections, Kellie

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, I decided last week to completely change my project. I realized that I wasn’t that interested in my topic. I was reading the same thing that I already knew existed. I talked to one of my professors last week and I think that I’m going to focus on the re-building of Jewish life in Munich after the war, specifically after the Displaced Persons camps were closed. So, I’m starting over again!

In relation to that, I visited the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and LIfe. Their archives are closed currently but they will re-open in the spring. It will be interesting to see if I can incorporate some visual sources into my research. 

I haven’t watched it, maybe I can sneak it in before class tomorrow, but I found a documentary called “Journey to Justice,” in the MRC about one Jew’s return to Germany as an American soldier and his work as a translator during the Nuremberg trials. The documentary itself does not sound that relevant to me. However, it includes a short feature that he shoot in 1947 called “Munich: Capital of Bavaria.” Hopefully, this will provide me with some information.

Film & Special Collections- Ala’ Khan

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I found a 23 min videocassette entitled “The American house: a guide to architectural styles”  in Media Resource Center.  The video is an overview of the wide range of architectural styles common to American houses and teaching viewers how to recognize the elements of these styles- including Spanish colonial revival architecture. Since the film is so short and only a small portion of it was relevant to my topic it would be more useful for me to find something like it on Islamic/ Moorish Architecture.


I decided to visit the Environmental Design Library for the first time this week.  I didn’t realize that there are 3 separate libraries in the College of Environmental Design (CED):

1. Environmental Design Library (ENVI)

2. The College of Environmental Design Archives (EDA)

3. The College of Environmental Design Visual Resources Center (CED VRC)

Unfortunately the EDA only contains primary source documents pertaining to architecture in Northern California, so I doubt I will find anything of use to me there.

I emailed and later met with the head of ENVI, David Eifler, and he gave me a ton of suggestions. I was overwhelmed with the prospect of researching a topic I know nearly nothing about so David gave me more reference books to look at to start me off.  I walked in planning to get 3 books and walked out with 9 (as usual).  Once I get a better grasp of what it is I am looking for I will meet with David again to look for primary sources- mostly city plans, photographs and maybe blue prints.  I mentioned the book that got me interested in the idea of Islamic Influences on Spanish architecture, Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America, and David said he would order it for the library.

I also emailed Jason Miller from CED VRC and have a meeting scheduled it him next week.  He suggested I bring in a list of specific buildings and architects I am interested in so he can help me see if they have any relevant resources.

It was exciting to be in a new library but I was honestly really overwhelmed. This was the first time I was seriously looking into this aspect of my proposed thesis and it will take a lot of back reading to understand the subject- for example using the appropriate terminology to describe architectural devices. 









Alexis Lazzeri- Capturing the Friedman’s

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Throughout my research thus far I have been hoping to be able to utilize a source in the Media Resource Center, as I believe it would be interesting to include a media source. This week’s assignment was to find a film resource in the one of the collections and initially I was convinced that I would not be able to find anything truly related to my source. I was able to locate a documentary “Capturing the Friedman’s” which documents the sting operation, arrest and vilification of Arnold and Jesse Friedman on counts of child molestation and possession of child pornography. The Freidman’s, although they were actually guilty, were representative of the type of witch-hunt that would follow this sort of conviction of child abuse. Following the national day care sex crime panic of the 1980s, this case particularly incensed individuals because of the nature of the abuse.  Though this content is outside of my temporal scope I have come across this documentary before in news articles and I would be incredibly interested in watching this. 

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