CLASSROOM MEDIA RESOURCES
The Big Short (2015, 130 minutes, Rated R). This is the true story, or three separate but parallel stories, of the
U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005. The movie’s complicated plot is threaded with banking language. Exam-
ine the communication and banking language used in the movie. According to the textbook, “[D]efinitions are
shorthand terms for situations.” Students can make a list of words they do not understand. Consider how these
organizations depend on this language to communicate with efficiency.
Chopped (2009, Season 1, Episode 1, 42 minutes, Not Rated). This reality show offers an excellent example of
balancing creativity and constraint in professional settings. Four trained chefs must compete through three
rounds of cooking. During each round, contestants are given a mystery basket of ingredients. They are given a
set time to construct a tasty dish, which is reviewed by a panel of judges. After each round, one chef is eliminat-
ed. The show illustrates how the chefs work in creative and innovative ways, based on the wacky ingredients
found in their mystery baskets. This particular episode features octopus, duck, and animal crackers as key in-
Food Stamped (2010, 60 minutes, Not Rated). If you did not show Food Stamped as part of Chapter 1, the doc-
umentary provides an excellent illustration of balancing creativity and constraint. This documentary follows a
nutritionist and her filmmaker husband as they attempt to eat on a budget allotted to recipients of the Supple-
mental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly and still popularly known as the Food Stamp program). The
film shows how individuals who eat on a food-stamp budget are bound by certain rules and limitations of the
program and how the filmmakers were forced to get creative in constructing healthy meals.
House of Cards (2016, Season 4, Mashup, 12:17 minutes, Not Rated). Observe the dialogue in these Season 4
clips. Frank Underwood has used unethical dialogues throughout his career to get him to the presidency.
Iconoclasts (2006, Season 2, Episode 6, 47 minutes, Rated TV-14). This television series features iconic indi-
viduals interviewing each other in an effort to “break down” their iconic status and engage in real meeting. Alt-
hough any of the episodes are great examples of dialogue at different levels, the conversation between Dr. Maya
Angelou and Dave Chappelle in this episode from Season 2 does a particularly good job of illustrating points
about dialogue and social construction.
Scandal (2013, Season 2, Episode 16, 43 minutes, Rated TV-14). This fictional television series focuses on the
work of Olivia Pope, a crisis communication expert. In this particular episode, Olivia and her team work to
manage a crisis surrounding the CEO of a corporation, her extramarital affair, and its relevance to the corpora-
tion’s morality clause. The episode opens up a conversation about working with integrity, moral policy, and the
line between our workplace and personal lives.