Rather than write a separate post about Citizen Kane, your assignment for this week is to participate in a discussion about the film in the comments of a main post. Here are the ground rules:
- Each student is expected to contribute at least twice to the conversation. That is the minimum requirement, so feel free to continue to contribute further.
- At least one contribution should be in response to a classmate’s comment.
- The total contribution should be substantial, that is, a minimum of about 300 words. (You are welcome to exceed that by as much as you like as long as the conversation continues.)
- You are, as always, expected to be respectful, but you are encouraged to disagree and engage with what others write.
I want to encourage you to discuss any aspects of the film and its relationship to the history of media and communications that you find interesting. To get started, here are a few questions to consider:
- What perspective did Welles take on the history of journalism in the early twentieth century?
- What role did “great men” like Kane (or his real-life counterpart, William Randolph Hearst) play in the development of media?
- What was the point of publishing a newspaper?
- What role did Citizen Kane play in the history of film?
These are just a few options to get you started – you may discuss any aspect of the film that relates to the course material.