Media Appreciation


  • Are There Rules For Spoilers? | PBS Idea Channel

    Spoilers can be infuriating because they can ruin the suspense in a piece of media. But some people like them, actually preferring to have the endings divulged. What camp are you in? Why aren't there better guidelines regarding spoilers? We caught up with some of our favorite Youtubers at Vidcon and got their two cents. Watch the episode and tell us what you think!

    Grades: 9-12
  • Does Fiction Exist? | PBS Idea Channel

    We all know who Harry Potter is and can conjure an image of him in our minds. There are specific properties that make a Harry THE Harry (glasses, scar, wand, etc.), so it's safe to say that we're all sharing a consistent idea. But, do these physical properties mean that Harry Potter exists? Harry Potter doesn't have a physical referent, but the fact that we collectively know Harry Potter (or Hermione, Ron, or even Batman for that matter), doesn't that mean there's some sort of existence? 

    Grades: 9-12
  • What is Fiction? (ft. War of the Worlds) | PBS Idea Channel

    What is fiction? That's the question that popped into our minds when thinking about Orson Welles' radio War of the Worlds performance, which set off a public panic of listeners who thought NJ was truly being attacked by aliens. Those aliens didn't really exist, since it was all pretend. But, on the other hand, they did (and do) exist in a way. They can be described, referenced, and can have as much veracity to people as physical objects. And the worlds created in fiction can contain real things - cars, people, New Jersey. Can something both exist and not exist? 

    Grades: 9-12

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