Student Reactions

Following are end-of-semester comments written by students in my General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners class, 2005-2008. General semantics is by far the most relevant class I have taken toward my B.S. in Communication Studies. No other class has provoked the amount of interest and relevancy in the scope of human interaction, both interpersonally and … Read on …

GS Videos: Topical Excerpts

These videos were created to illustrate specific topics covered in class. *Some content may be considered objectionable and inappropriate for younger viewers.* The Power (?) of Words (6:10) Winner or Loser? (3:30) Language, Symbols, and Meanings (10:30) Perspectives about Race (2:57) The Tyranny of Categories (5:34) Perspectives from Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” (10:41) Prejudice & Obscenity … Read on …

Review Videos for GS Class, Fall 2008

These two videos were used as reviews throughout the fall 2008 semester for my GS classes at TCU in Fort Worth. Note that these were used to review material already presented and discussed in class. Some of the material goes by pretty quickly and some, without benefit of the original class, may be puzzling. *Some … Read on …

Semester Review Video, Spring 2008

This 31-minute video was compiled to serve as an entertaining, yet still relevant, review of the spring 2008 course I taught at TCU, “General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners.” It contains over 70 clips from 36 different sources, so it goes by pretty quickly. General themes addressed: Role that language, words, and other symbols play … Read on …

Benham Disc

Even with the reduced size and resolution of this short clip, you can probably see the intended effects. Watch the disc. Describe what you see … do you see shapes? Colors? As the rotation slows, do the shapes and colors change? How so? If others are watching at the same time … compare what you … Read on …

Count the Dots

For this exercise, all you have to do is count how many black dots you see. . . . . If you think you’ve experienced some kind of electronic perception manipulation, try printing the previous page, look at the graphic on paper, and see if you get similar results … What’s going on? David Hewson … Read on …

Dimples or Bumps?

This exercise simply asks you to look at this image. What do you see – 3 smaller dimples or bumps? What do you see – 1 larger dimple or bump? (A dimple appears to recede into the surface; a bump appears to protrude out of the surface.) After you’ve determined how many dimples and how … Read on …

Review videos for GS Classes, 2006

These videos were necessitated because of an inclement weather day that ended the Fall 2006 semester for my GS class at TCU in Fort Worth. Since there was no opportunity to make-up the review period prior to semester final exams, I made these quick videos and posted so the class could view them. Fall 2006 … Read on …