Elana Stern uncovers the transition between quinoa as local food staple to global dietary phenomenon, positing that the shift in meaning and status has only hurt the consumers of quinoa’s native South America. Elena uses the Ken Burns effect – panning over an image still – to give her video the feel of a documentary exposé. Topics include: – Reasons behind the explosion in global popularity – An exploration into the roots of quinoa production – Health implications for those who can no longer afford quinoa Students for Lisa Mitchell’s ANTH 063 course examined shifts in meaning for various commodities. With assistance from the Weigle Information Commons and the Vitale Digital Media Lab, each student group produced a video presentation using PowerPoint’s voiceover capabilities.
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