o Please cite these references at the end of your essay (MLA or Chicago style).
o This will be helpful for scholarly resources:
Part 1: Explain and define your alternative medium.
o You do not need to list every single formal quality of your medium, but please describe
some of the key ones
o Think of our chapter on film vocabulary (mise en scene, lighting, editing, etc.). What are
some of the vocabulary of your medium?
o You may define these in-text or you may list them like a glossary, but I will be looking for
your use of these terms in your paper.
o e.g. “Mosh pits are a kind of dance, but they are also their own medium because…”
o You must base your argument in the formal qualities of your medium.
o Scholarly resources and/or interviews will be needed to support these claims.
Part 2: Do a semiotic analysis of a text from your alternative medium.
o e.g. you may analyze a specific experience of being in a mosh pit OR a mosh pit as it’s
represented in a different medium, like the documentary The Decline of Western
o e.g. signifiers, connotation/denotation, codes, myths.
Part 3: Do an ideological reading of your text.
o Use your semiotic analysis to support your claim.
. You may also connect your analysis to your own personal experiences.