Last week “we took a closer look at visual” in ds106, and we returned to video for the discussions of Season 2, episodes 6, 7, and 8 of The Wire. We used a similar logic to organize these discussions as we did during week 4 with audio, namely we had each participant choose images from the episode they wanted to talk about in terms of the visual elements. I felt we prepared for this well by streaming each episode (without the sound) the night before we had the discussion. I think there were some excellent discussions last week, and we are starting to get our groove.
In particular, I think the discussion in episode 8 when we started digging into the questions around money, the Greek, and the implications of a culture driven by consumption was pretty interesting. I want to thank the students that show up for these discussion and continue add thoughtfully commentary. I really like the idea of having ongoing discussions about the episodes , and it will be cool to see all 50 discussions spanning 4 seasons at the end of the semester.
S02E08: “Duck and Cover”
Participants: Imran Ahmed, Maggie Stough, Paul Bond, and myself