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School Intro


The Spectacle in Schools

A Provocative Multimedia Learning Experience for Classroom, Stage, and Screen

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School Intro


The Spectacle in Schools

A Provocative Multimedia Learning Experience for Classroom, Stage, and Screen

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In-Class Experience


The Spectacle in the Classroom

In-Class Experience


The Spectacle in the Classroom

The Spectacle videos and accompanying Discussion Guide are available for in-class use. Eric Goodman is also available for online and in-person class visits.

Complex political and cultural ideas are presented in dynamic and engaging ways through innovative use of imagery, music, video, and discussion. Students are exposed to vital issues facing our world today, including media control and ownership, technology obsession, pressures on individual liberty, consumerism, militarism, propaganda, celebrity culture, and more.

The Spectacle materials can easily be integrated as a powerful supplement to a variety of curricula in Political Science, Media Studies, Communications, Journalism, History, Sociology, Cultural Studies, and more.

 
The Spectacle is rooted in classic critiques of modernity and mass culture from Nieztsche to Mumford to McLuhan to Debord to Chomsky. It raises particularly interesting questions that can be followed up in the classroom. Particularly, students can evaluate the show’s attempt to use the methods of the spectacle to critique the ‘society of the spectacle’—can the master’s tools be used to tear down the master’s house? Is the message separate from the medium? This is rock and roll that might get people to read a book—think about exactly how rare that is.
— Kurt A. Jordan | Assoc. Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
 
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On-Screen Experience


The Spectacle On Screen

On-Screen Experience


The Spectacle On Screen

The Spectacle is available for screening on your campus, accompanied by a Q&A with producer Eric Goodman.

 
Well done. Watched this with my Propaganda class. I enjoyed the presentation’s music video format. I can only hope more people will see this. Hauntingly foreboding of the unquestionable immorality of our technological future (and present?).
— Cassandra | Student, Roosevelt University
 
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On-Stage Experience


The Spectacle On Stage

On-Stage Experience


The Spectacle On Stage

The full live performance of the The Spectacle is a unique and captivating concert film event unlike any other show on college campuses. In this moment of deep division and political turmoil, The Spectacle is the only campus event that delivers in one package a provocative blend of film, live music, and searing social commentary specifically directed at students on the verge of inheriting a fascinating but deeply troubled world. Isn’t this what college is supposed to be about?

The Spectacle team enlists the participation of relevant academic departments, classes, professors, student clubs, and the campus radio station and newspaper to publicize the show, fill the venue, and make The Spectacle the most talked about event of the semester.

 
The Spectacle presents the flood of images and sound experienced in modern society as a unique multi-media performance. Guitar, drums, lights, video, and audio combine to create a relevant and powerful portrayal of the massive amounts of messages humans are exposed to daily. The performance generated thoughtful discussion among our undergraduate students about tuning in and tuning out information.
— Stacy Rosenberg | Dept. of Culture & Communication, New York University
 
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Workshop Experience


Spectacle Workshops

Workshop Experience


Spectacle Workshops

Producer Eric Goodman is available to lead Master Class Workshops detailing the musical, theatrical, and technical aspects of producing and performing The Spectacle. Students studying or interested in digital music, music composition, sound design, video production, film scoring, lighting design, guitar, and theater will benefit from these hands-on, interactive workshops.

Workshops can be presented in conjunction with screenings and performances, or as stand-alone events.

 
The Spectacle was fantastic in terms of production values, content, and aesthetics. It is absolutely relevant to Communication Studies. Some years ago I introduced Eric to Neil Postman and Chris Nystrom, and they were convinced that the show would be great for a department event. So, not only would I recommend that the upcoming show be posted to the listserve, I’d recommend that the department establish a relationship with Eric Goodman for future department opportunities.
— Nancy Silverman | Fmr. Assistant to Neil Postman, New York University
 

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More on The Spectacle from Faculty and Students

Thought you’d be interested to know that I have now made The Spectacle its own module of two weeks in my Propaganda class. We’ll finish Ellul in late November, and end the semester watching and discussing The Spectacle.
— Peter K. Fallon | Assoc. Professor of Journalism, Roosevelt University
This collection of video clips brings to light a problem plaguing our race. So many of us believe the spectacle is reality, we deny ourselves the right to think on our own, outside the spectacle. I really enjoy and appreciate what you are doing with The Spectacle.
— David Burkett | Student, Grand Valley State University
I will encourage my students to see your next performance. I think that students taking courses in the Sociology of Culture, Media and Society, Mass Media, and Cultural Studies will find your performance to be enormously stimulating; The Spectacle illustrates difficult academic concepts in a creative and highly entertaining way.
— Geoffrey Moss | Asst. Professor of Sociology, Temple University
Well done. Watched this with my Propaganda class. I enjoyed the presentation’s music video format. I can only hope more people will see this. Hauntingly foreboding of the unquestionable immorality of our technological future (and present?).
— Cassandra | Student, Roosevelt University
You performed at my school today and I LOVED it. It was an amazing way to present media corruption information and I think it really stuck with us... Your performance covered my entire first semester media course. Keep up the amazing work.
— Sarah | Student, Wayland High School
The performance of The Spectacle was a very stimulating and thought provoking experience. It sparked a discussion that went beyond the gallery and into the classroom and the community. The event went GREAT!
— Sarah Gersbach | Student Director, Eckhaus Gallery, Kutztown University
In an age when almost everything about us—from our loftiest aspirations to our most intimate feelings—is programmed by technical images, is there a way to play jujitsu against the images, using their own momentum to foil their own agenda? The Spectacle models an exhilarating way of doing so. It is tactical, fragmatic, and awakening.
— Peter Zhang | Assoc. Professor of Communication Studies, Grand Valley State University
I especially enjoyed the keynotes of Eric McLuhan and Alan Kay and the spectacular The Spectacle performance. My students will be watching the online version this week. Media criticism should not be limited to print or text in this multi-mode media era, and The Spectacle provides a model of multimedia media criticism that is outstandingly effective and relevant.
— Alex Kuskis | School of Professional Studies, Gonzaga University
The Spectacle presents an interesting approach to some of the core ideas of Postman and McLuhan that combines music with ‘found’ media footage edited in provocative and creative ways to form an alternative critique of our media environment. I do think that it would be of interest and relevance to our students.
— Bill Phillips | Department of Culture and Communication, New York University
It was our great pleasure to have you perform here at WHS. The Spectacle certainly inspired a lot of discussion over the past couple of days, which I know is exactly what you hoped for. Reactions ranged from shocked to enthusiastic and energized. Keep up the great work.
— Kevin Delaney | Social Studies Department Head, Wayland High School