September 29, 2006

Weimar & Nazi Cinema Bibliography and Resources: Evaluation

Weimar and Nazi Cinema Resource Evaluation


Any academically based site needs to have ats its heart a reliable and well mantained route into resources. Some of these sources will be signposts to highly specialised resources which may be in public or private institutions.

There are other simple resource pages consisting of a bibliography. a filmography and a webliography which are being continually updated and developed, part of your work will be to contribute to these. They are to be left as basic lists. It is in this space that comparison and evaluation will take place.

Why Evaluation

I am particularly keen to be evaluating available web resources. For somebody coming fresh to this area of study a Google search would turn up at times millions of hits on somebody like Fritz Lang. Many of these hits especially those on the first couple of web pages of a search are commercial ones.

It is important objective to turn this whole blog into a ‘virtual’ space where people from all over the globe interested in Weimar and Nazi cinema can visit. Whatever their current level of knowledge and viewing experience from ‘A’ level to postgraduate student, or non students interested in cinema, Germany, Europe their visit should be a good experience.

Course Task

One of the task for all the members of the course team is to work on developing this resource. There will be a graded annotation system from 1 – 5 stars. Before any stars are formally awarded there must be a minimum of 5 argued contributions for each entry and consensus must be reached. Prior to consensus there will be a provisional grade awarded. The key points of the argument will be set against the the entry. It will be possible to have comparative entries.

For example there can be a review of lets us say the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Fritz Lang and the Wikipedia entry on Lang. Where Wikipedia is deemed to be weaker the team may decided to edit the entry as a collaboration or else it can adress the issues by adding to work on Fritz Lang in the blog. If it is felt that the knowledge base is insuficient then a contribution via the Wiki discussion page may be entered.

This will be part of the formal tasks for the course. It will encourage independent research skills, increase the individual knowledge base, encourage collaborative learning and teamwork. Engage with Web 2 communication technologies, contribute to the global community of knowledge in a (virtual ) concrete way. It should also be fun and satisfying and give free reign to the pedant in all of us :-).

How to do this

1) If you have access to your own blog you can link into this one by linking in via the ‘blog this’ button. Alternatively you can add to the comments box which you will find below this entry. You will be able to add hyperlinks so that readers can directly access the resources that you have chosen to compare.

What can an Evaluation contain?

It would be useful if the level of assumed knowledge is identified. For example the Enclyclopedia Britannica article hyperlinked below assumes very little or no knowledge.

This book review is from an academic journal and assumes a much higher level of knowledge.

Some internet sources will also have embedded links. It would be useful if you can follow these links and make some assessment of whether they are useful and to whom they may be useful etc.

You should also comment on how well researched the resource is and you may wish to make some comments on weaknesses or strengths of the reaerch methods used.

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  1. This is an example of how to set up your comparative evaluative comments on two internet accessible resources about Fritz Lang.

    Firstly you should enter the relevant hyperlink entries. Source A Fritz Lang – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A good way to do this is to reduce the web page you are referencing and keep it at the top of your screen. You can then drag and drop the icon on the left-hand side into the comments box. To check the link is working click on “Preview” and the comment will appear above this editing box. Click on the link to ensure that it works properly.

    Here is the link to make a comparison
    Fritz Lang – Britannica Concise:

    Now you can start to make your comment. you may wish to cut and paste from the article in order to develop your point. for example here I have cut and pasted from the encyclopedia Britannica article: Metropolis (1926) was an Expressionist vision of the future; and M (1931), his most famous German film, explored the compulsion to murder. In order to put the quotation in italics you will need to place an underscore “” at each end of the quotation. Now you can start your analysis. I disgree with the comments on both films here. _Metropolis wasn’t “an Expressionist” film. It certainly used expressionist style at times which is very different. there is no evidence proffered to show that ‘M’ is Lang’s most famous film. As the source is an encyclopedia it creates a discourse of ‘authoritative knowledge’ thus it is important to always be evaluating this knowledge. Wikipedia is often criticised. Your job here is to evaluate the two sources. You may even wish to edit the Wikipedia article.

    16 Nov 2006, 09:15

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