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It's still perhaps a bit premature since I haven't worked out all the
kinks, but I reckon it's time to "officially" cut the ribbon on:
 
SCREENsite:  A Film/TV Resource on the World Wide Web
 
The Internet has provided a new way for film/TV educators and
students to share resources and distribute materials for teaching and
research.
 
SCREENsite is a free service on the Internet's World Wide Web
(WWW) that stores a variety of teaching/research materials devoted to
the study of film and television.
 
              WHAT IS SCREENSITE?
 
On SCREENsite you'll find, among other things:
 
     Indexes and abstracts of film/TV journals
     A listing of jobs in film/TV education and resumes of persons
          seeking employment
     A directory of educators' e-mail addresses
     Course syllabi
     Information on film/TV colleges
     Textbook sample chapters
     Miscellaneous pedagogical materials--such as handouts on how
          to analyze films
 
SCREENsite also directs the user to other film/TV resources on the
Web through a selection of links to:
 
     Online journals
     The Library of Congress and other online archives
     Databases (e.g., of film credits)
     Discussion groups (SCREENsite is associated with SCREEN-L,
                the film/TV studies group)
     Directories of other film/TV resources
 
SCREENsite encourages the participation of film/TV educators and
students.  If you'd like to help in SCREENsite's ongoing construction
or if you have materials you'd like to make available on it, contact
Jeremy Butler at the address below.
 
There is no charge for accessing SCREENsite.  One merely points
one's Web browser to the following URL:
 
http://www.sa.ua.edu/TCF/welcome.htm
 
Confused about what a "Web browser" and a "URL" are?  Read on...
 
          WHAT IS THE WORLD WIDE WEB?
 
The World Wide Web consists of thousands of computers throughout
the world that are hooked together through the Internet (the enormous
network of networks).  Using a Web browser you may connect to one
of these computers and have it send you words, sounds, photographs,
maps, and other images--even moving images.
 
It's all quite automated and painless.  With many browsers you just
place your cursor on a word or image and click a mouse button.
Suddenly you're touring the Louvre, searching the Library of
Congress's catalogue, or examining weather maps.  These
words/images that bounce you around the Web are what are known as
"hypertext" links between one document and another.
 
Thus, you use a browser to look at Web documents (which contain
words, images, and sounds) and you move around the Web by
activating hypertext links.  The links may connect documents at a
single computer, or they may toss you willy-nilly around the globe.
 
To find other global locations, the Web uses an addressing system
based on Uniform Resource Locators (URL).  Each computer and each
document stored on each computer has a unique URL.  They operate
much like a postal code and they look like this:
 
http://www.sa.ua.edu/TCF/welcome.htm
ftp://risc.ua.edu/pub/network
news:bit.listserv.screen-l
telnet://ua1vm.ua.edu
 
It is useful to know what each part of these addresses mean, but suffice
to say that one uses them as addresses for finding an entry into the
Web.  Once you've made an initial connection somewhere, you then
just use hypertext links to jump from one document to the next.
 
After you tap into the Web, you can careen around it with abandon.
Making that initial connection, however, can be a bit tricky.
 
         HOW DO YOU CONNECT TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB?
 
There are basically three ways to jack into the Web:
 
     1.  Use a browser on a local machine (hopefully the one in
               front of which you're sitting),
     2.  Use a browser on a remote machine to which you've made
               a live, "real-time" connection, or
     3.  Use e-mail to request Web documents and have them
               e-mailed to you (minutes, hours, days) later.
 
As you might imagine, it is much preferable to run your browser
locally and, indeed, there are some Web things that can only be done
this way.
 
The problem is, a local browser demands a direct connection to the
Internet.  Many university's computer networks (even faculty office
networks) do have such a connection.  If yours does, look for software
called Netscape, Mosaic, or Lynx--the three most common Web
browsers (available for Windows, Mac, and Unix machines).
 
Some universities and commercial Internet providers such as Netcom
and PSINet permit a dial-up (via modem) connection to the
Internet--often using something called SLIP or PPP.  In this case,
one still usually runs the browser on his/her home computer.
 
The second type of connection, where one connects to a remote
machine, means that the browser actually runs on the remote machine
and then sends text or images back to your local machine.  For
instance, one can Telnet across the Internet to a remote machine that
runs a Web browser (often a no-graphics, text-based one like Lynx).
You can Telnet to either of the following locations to get a taste
of the Web:
 
www.law.indiana.edu
www.cc.ukans.edu
 
When you connect, log in as "www" (without the quotation marks).
Then follow the instructions to move around the Web.  Many remote
locations like this, however, do not allow you to go directly to specific
Web sites.  Instead, you just have to noodle around, moving from one
hypertext link to another.
 
A new, significant development in the use of remote machines for
Web access is the introduction of Web browsers on popular
commercial services such as America Online and Prodigy.  As of this
writing, these browsers were still in a developmental stage, but soon
you should be able to use AOL and Prodigy to bop around the Web.
Once again, the actual browser is not located on your computer, but on
AOL's or Prodigy's.  It does the work there and then sends you the
results down your telephone line.
 
The third and most cumbersome way to travel the Web is via e-mail--
and it does not allow the retrieval of images or sounds.  But, if you
have absolutely no other options, e-mail access can be done.
 
Basically, you send e-mail to a computer and request a specific Web
document.  It automatically send you the document and also allows
you to use that document to retrieve other documents that are linked to
it.
 
For further details, send e-mail to [log in to unmask] (the first
term here is "l-i-s-t-p-r-o-c-zero").  What you put in the subject line
does not matter.  In the first line of the body of the message, put:
 
send http://www.earn.net/gnrt/www.html
 
You will receive as a reply a simple document intended to help you
learn more about the Web.
 
      HOW DO I GET MORE INFO ABOUT SCREENSITE?
 
Contact Jeremy Butler, SCREENsite's administrator:
 
E-mail      [log in to unmask]
U.S. mail   Department of Telecommunication and Film
            P.O. Box 870152
            University of Alabama
            Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone       205.348.6350
Fax         205.348-2754
 
            WHO SPONSORS SCREENSITE?
 
SCREENsite is sponsored by the University of Alabama's
Telecommunication and Film Department, and the Center for
Communication and Educational Technology.
 
 
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 Jeremy Butler   *  [log in to unmask]   *  [log in to unmask]
      SCREENsite -- a Film/TV-studies site on the World Wide Web:
                http://www.sa.ua.edu/TCF/welcome.htm
 Telecommunication & Film Dept. * University of Alabama * Tuscaloosa
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