Sunday, July 09, 2006
Veronica Mars, Myspace, and Great Expectations
While I should have used the majority of the weekend to read Great Expectations, I have really spent more time watching Veronica Mars, and exploring MySpace. But all of this sort of comes together.
A few weeks ago I read in the comments of weblogg-ed about this Medieval Space thing. Which I have just now looked at on the original post by the teacher. The teacher has given a template and directions too. Awesome.
This idea was in the back of my mind when I found myself watching Veronica Mars (great show... watch it!) this weekend and then (inevitablly, embarrasingly) turning to MySpace and discovering the things that people have done with MySpace and the characters on Veronica Mars. I'm sure this exists for many other shows too. What they have done is make profiles for the characters and interact with other characters. They have even invented new characters (long lost sisters and cousins) so there can be new interations and storylines.
What are they doing? Interacting with the text. The text is the tv show which they watch and love. They summarize, draw conclusions, interpret, retell, and analyze. They choose songs and backgrounds that are appropriate for that character's personality and mood. They make comments on other characters' boards in the voice of their character. All for fun. All not prompted by an english teacher.
There is a lot that could be done with this. Similar to what the Medieval Space did. It would be cool to see these on the internet, maybe on a site just like MySpace, but for literature. Where Pip could comment that he loves Jane Eyre's newest song.
On another note, an awesome Great Expectations video by students here.
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