Re: PP videos

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Mon, 8 May 2000 10:55:15 -0700 (PDT)

Next week we take on visual literacy and effective teaching, eh Charles?
It's ALWAYS amazing (and depressing) how many times faculty (yeah, even
at a hot shot joint like Berkeley) use film and video for the wrong (or
at least profoundly misguided) reasons.

If you can still lay your hands on it, there's a very good article by
Richard Bernstein (New York Times, Nov 26, 1989) called "Can the Movies
Teach History," which skewers the practice of confusing cinematic history
for history. See also: Foner, Eric. "Hollywood invades the classroom."
(the use of movies to teach history obscures the truth)(Column)<italic>
New York Times</italic> v147 (Sat, Dec 20, 1997)

..you're absolutely right: fair use doesn't necessarily equal smart
use.

At 10:35 AM 05/08/2000 -0700, you wrote:

>Fair use and K-12 teachers? I still wonder about the high school
history

>teacher teaching the summer class in U.S. History and using all those

>movies. "The Alamo" is not exactly historically accurate. Perhaps
we're

>more appalled at what is being shown in lieu of real teaching than in
fair

>use?

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Gary Handman

Director

Media Resources Center

Moffitt Library

UC Berkeley 94720-6000

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)