Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Target- Vocabulary of the medium
Today we begin to build our available vocabulary for your future review. It is important that you select the medium for your review (music, film, television, food, video games, books, etc.) so we can begin the process of drafting. The preliminary step is to build our vocabulary that is specific to the target of our review. So we need to read several reviews and prune the language specific to this medium.
A) Select your target. (Film,Album,Show,Restaurant,Tech, Video Game, Books, etc)
B) Peruse critics from established professional publications. Select one critic that you enjoy and pick a range of their reviews from positive, negative, to "meh".
C) Create a Google doc (do not need to share with me) and copy and paste no less than 4 lengthy reviews reflecting a range of ratings.
D) Now begin to read reviews and copy the vocabulary unique to the target (cacophony, wide angle, etc) into the Review Vocabulary notes in Classroom. Tuck away words that will help you show fluency in the medium. Remember how we highlighted red for ethos? Orange for tilted language? Pull out these words and your future self will be most thankful when you are drafting your review. (Here is a big pile of music vocab note tilting for positive or negative)
E) Of course, observe the structure of the review. Think about how the writer opened the review. How were the areas of critique organized? What were the comparisons?
I have linked for you several quality professional reviewers below. So what is your medium of choice for a review? music, film, television, food, video games, books, theater, etc.
Here are some of my favorite reviewers of Film/TV
A.O. Scott Manohla Dargis Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
Roger Ebert- Suntimes AV Club Salon.com
TV-Andy Greenwald ( Grantland)
Music- Rolling Stone (Brief) Paste Pitchfork AV Club Steven Hyden (Grantland)
Technology- Recode Wired
AV Club has sharp reviews as well...Movies, Music, TV, Books,