Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taking Classes Without Grades, Tests, or Stress


This week I attended the Mormon Media Symposium at BYU. I love symposiums. It is like going to college and not having to take tests:) For the many I have participated in over the past 20 years, I could probably have earned another degree. This particular symposium was a first. (Having taught Communications/Journalism, this is an area of interest.) In fact, one of my former 8th grade Communication students was a presenter (I blogged about him a few years back HERE) speaking on: "Entered at Stationers' Hall: The 1841 Copyright of the Book of Mormon."

The subjects ranged from: "Mormon Media Studies: Across Web Time, Cyberspace, and Blogging Disciplines" to "Fraud, Philanderers, and Football: Negotiating the Mormon Image" to "Joining the Conversation: The Evolution of Public Relations and Public Affairs in the LDS Church."

There was a diversity of presenters such as:
Terryl Givens: Prof. of Literature and Religion at University of Richmond
Sterling Van Wagenen: Academy Award winning director; Exec. Producer Audio Visual Department LDS Church
Trudy L. Hanson: Chair, Dept. of Communications at West Texas A&M University
Courtney J. Kendrick: author of cjanerun.com
Dennis Agle, Jr.: Writer-Director, Lightstone Pictures LLC
Larry Richman: Author of LDSMediaTalk.com and Director of Product Awareness LDS Church Curriculum Department
Kathryn Lynard Soper: Editor in Chief of Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Women
Michael R. Otterson: Managing Director of Public Affairs for the LDS Church

A few tidbits I learned:
*As blogs have become more popular, the ability to become offended has gone way up.
*The LDS Church loves the ability to communicate on YouTube and Twitter.
*Blogging can be considered a frivolous pursuit, yet can also be considered a sacred one.
*LDS.org will be launching it's new site on November 30th.

I got a kick out of this statement from Terryl Givens: "America will let Mormons sing and dance...win all the slots on 'So You Think You Can Dance?,' keep the NFL supplied with a steady stream of quarterbacks, and they're pretty good in a disaster too. But as Charles Dickens once said, 'What Mormons do seems to be excellent...but what they say is mostly nonsense."

2 comments:

Cookie Doe said...

Sounds like a great symposium. I'm not quite sure how to take the "nonsense" remark :)

confidentcharm said...

I'm in love with that Terryl Givens quote!