Okay. We're back. That is, SCREENsite has recovered from its crash. If you tried to get through and weren't able to, give 'er another shot. Here's the info on it all over again (including a correction on e-mail access to 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 Cripes! A Humor 'Zine (and subsidiary of SCREENsite) 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 telnet.w3.org On most of these systems, when you connect, you 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] (preferred) or [log in to unmask] (older address if the first fails) 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.