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This course is a practical and theoretical investigation into how to “write with video” about audiovisual media. Traditionally, media criticism and scholarship has assumed a written form and therefore faced the difficulty of translating the images and sounds of its original object into words. But with the explosion of digital platforms for distributing videos online and easily accessible equipment, critics are increasingly able to present their insights directly—to show with the work itself rather than tell through description. The course examines audiovisual media in two senses: as a topic of critical reflection and as a mode of presentation. It introduces students to the traditional concerns of media criticism, such as interpretation, evaluation, formal analysis, and socio-political reflection, and situates them in contemporary media industries and their surrounding discourses. It examines rhetorical strategies for conveying original thoughts about film and media texts—both verbally and audiovisually. Like the written essay, video form creates its own challenges, including how to select materials and combine them with voice-over, text, music, visual effects, or other video techniques. Students will view and evaluate examples of this mode of criticism and work from those models to construct their own analyses and interpretations of film, television, or any other media works.