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How do search engines work? – The Media Show 

Tetanus, The Spider Who Spammed Me, has come over to the good side! Erna and Tetanus explain to Weena how pieces of code called "spiders" do the work of finding the web pages you're searching for, to gather the text, images, and other stuff that make up your search engine results. Music: unityspaceboat by …

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What is a hacker? with Mitch Altman – The Media Show 

When someone says they are a hacker, what do they mean? Are they just big computer geeks? Are they doing illegal criminal things, breaking in and stealing passwords? Mitch Altman, inventor of the TV-B-Gone, tells us hacking is about thinking differently about the world around you. Featuring the folks at the Noisebridge hackerspace in …

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What is a hacker? with Emmanuel Goldstein – The Media Show 

When someone says they are a hacker, what do they mean? Are they a criminal? Do they have 31337 c0d!ng sk!11z (and do they have to write like that)? Is someone who runs a script to put graffiti on a website a hacker? Are Anonymous hackers because they can code? Erna asks Emmanuel Goldstein, …

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Content farms and SEO – The Media Show 

Ever feel like search engines keep turning up crummier and crummier results? Pages copied straight from Wikipedia, filled with extra keywords, lousy with links to pages that want to sell you something? Welcome to the world of content farms, where search engine optimization is king. We're pretty sure they're run by sock puppets being …

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Stock Photos! – The Media Show 

Stocking is the new planking... like the Tumblr says. Erna and Weena re-create their favorite stock photos (or their favorite ones to hate). Join us in mocking the way advertisers stereotype people to sell products. Won't you? Music: Force of Spark!! by surasshu

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What is Language Localization? – The Media Show 

#487 in The Media Show's ongoing series about weird media jobs you've never heard of. We bring you these interviews for a few reasons: First, because people who understand what goes into making the media are smarter consumers of media. Second, because many kids who want to go into the media don't know about …

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Introducing Puppetleaks! – The Media Show 

Do you know anyone working in the ad industry who's been asked by their bosses to do something that just ain't right? We'd like to talk to them. Introducing Puppetleaks, a new segment on The Media Show about sketchy decisions that Madison Avenue makes every day. Join us!

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Viewer Response! Tags and Furries 2.0 – The Media Show 

We respond to your questions! Hot gossip -- Weena's relationship to the furry community. Why we use particular tags for the show. And we talk about a dozen Web 2.0 sites you've never heard of because they don't exist. Yet.

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Hollister Is A Cowtown – The Media Show 

Have you seen anyone walking around with a shirt that says "Hollister, CA" on it, or maybe a bag with a bunch of hunky shirtless dudes on it? Where do you think they come from? Must be someplace exciting if everyone's wearing it... Weena finds out where Hollister California really is, and gets really …

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Lights and Mics – Producing Video On The Cheap With The Media Show 

We had to leave our slightly fancier, slightly larger studio, and to keep up production values we've had to improvise. Here's a few tips on faking studio lighting and keeping your microphone from getting tapped and bumped while you shoot. Music: House Cleaning Music by miau

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Smells Like Old Spice – The Media Show 

Erna and Weena want to be the man your man could smell like. Is the Old Spice Guy ad campaign actually working? Music: 1989 by Sylcmyk and Trololo Chiptune Cover by Robinerd

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Teaching Media Literacy – Viewing the final product 

Here's a slightly more in-depth video of the final day of our high school class than the overview video we produced as a report on the project. Just to give you a (less-edited!) sense of how running a class like this might go. This segment shows students viewing and reviewing the Coach Poppy ad. (more…)

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Teaching Media Literacy – Staying focused on lesson goals 

In these video clips, Gus works with the class to develop a list of attributes of two types of videos (Yell and Sell and branded), then keeps them focused on those attributes in a storyboarding excercise a week later. At the end, she assesses how the lesson went. (more…)

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Teaching Media Literacy – Technical Problems 

One of the biggest obstacles in teaching with technology can be the technology itself. In the two vignettes in this video, Gus recounts some struggles she and the students had with technology on one of the five days she and Skye spent testing out The Media Show with a Brooklyn high school class. (more…)

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Making the Spider 

We came up with the idea for the Where Spam Comes From episode in late 2008 or early 2009, and building the spider marionette took at least a year! Mostly because other episodes kept getting in the way, and we had to put it off. Fortunately, the topic is pretty timeless, as far as the …

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Production meetings at the Gottesman Video Collective 

Production meetings are central to our video-making process at GVC. Without them, many of us we wouldn't know half as much about video production as we do! These Monday morning meetings are a time to talk about the videos published the previous week, discuss what worked and what didn't, share tips on how to do …

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Lesson Resources – Where Spam Comes From 

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Learning Video Production – Introduction 

Few people would disagree that learning video production requires a great deal of hands-on experience and time spent learning the craft from more experienced producers. It may not be the only thing a person needs to know to make video, but there's a reason why internships and PA work have long been a part of …

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Teaching Media Literacy – Introduction 

In the spring of 2010, Gus and co-worker Skye MacLeod from the Gottesman Video Collective set out to a high school in Brooklyn to test out using the Yell and Sell episode as a tool for teaching media literacy and media production. Over the course of five weeks, meeting with the class one day a …

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