Monday, November 16, 2009

It's not plagiarism when professors do it

For my film and politics class today, I borrowed extensively from Scott Eric Kaufman's discussion of the two recent Batman films. I wasn't actually teaching either of those films, but Kaufman's discussions of mise-en-scène in them are great and very useful, and I figured it made more sense to borrow (while properly citing him!) than to reinvent the wheel. If you get a chance, read his discussions of the portrayal of Batman as a monster in a horror film and the use of the tracking shot in "Dark Knight" as evidence of Batman's speed.

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