Teaching Computer-and-Society Issues Through Popular Films: The Case of "Desk Set" (1957)

Anton Kozlovic

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    Abstract

    Critically examining popular films to explore computer-and-society issues is an exciting act of applied cinema that can yield many fruitful insights. The vintage Hepburn-and-Tracy film Desk Set (1957, dir. Walter Lang) was used as a case study. This is a classic, non-SF exemplar of the fears of organizational change and computerization amongst American female office workers that is still relevant today. A detailed synopsis and forty focus questions were compiled for directed classroom discussion. The process of cinematic meditation is a useful pedagogic aide for more effectively exploring complex computerization issues that is also engaging, informative and entertaining.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages4
    JournalEffective Teaching
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Keywords

    • Film
    • Computers
    • Librarians

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