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Moving Image Gateway News

This Gateway includes over 1,900 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone (020 7393 1500).

About Face
Site which aims to equip girls and young women with the tools to resist media messages which affect self-esteem and body image. The Gallery of Offenders part of the site is devoted to examples from television and print media (mainly from the US mainstream media, especially advertising) which portray women in a negative, belittling or inappropriately sexual way. The Gallery of Winners, on the other hand, picks examples which are positive, celebratory or progressive.

The Polar Sea
Online interactive resource created to accompany the TV Ontario series of the same name. Includes maps, photographs, text and 3D interactive video covering the ten episode series which follows three explorers as they traverse the North West passage from Iceland to Alaska via the Bering Strait. Available in English, French and German versions.

Extremely popular daily science show, streamed via YouTube and presented by Hank Green and Michael Aranda. Each day has a different format news (eg. Friday is Science News Day, Monday features a short video about our ‘Weird World’, whereas Wednesday’s video features longer, more in-depth investigations). The format is energetic, upbeat and engaging and the items generally well-researched, although one video on Genetically Modified Organisms caused some controversy and was taken down from the site after being criticised, as biased and inaccurate by science blogger Myles Power. SciShow made a new video Why Are GMOs Bad? (answer – they aren’t….) in which they acknowledge the flaws in the previous film and present a more balanced case.

Educational videos on a wide variety of disciplines, inspired by the ethos that certain ideas and concepts benefit from being presented in an engaging audiovisual format. A blog on the ‘Socratica Method’ features highlights from the collection and information about the use of av material as a pedagogical tool. There are also four language channels: German, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Suitable for various levels, from primary to university. Although the videos are not arranged according to educational level it is generally clear from the context who the intended audience is.
‘Social theory for fans of popular culture. Popular culture for fans of social theory’. David Gauntlett’s long-standing resource about media and creativity in every day life is a useful resource for media studies students and includes a number of videos made by Gauntlett himself, on the subject of the rise of a ‘making and doing culture, particularly relevant to the emergence of the Web 2.0 culture.


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