Archive for February, 2012
Examining the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Through a Critical Lens
Erica Chito Childs / Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center
Is the media case of Jeremy Lin really evidence of a post-racial America?
The Great Wikipedia Blackout, The Stop Online Piracy Act, and You
Wheeler Winston Dixon / University of Nebraska-Lincoln
What underlie the Internet blackout are protection of content on the one hand and freedom of access and information on the other.
Now Watching: Black Web Series and the Promised Land of New Media
TreaAndrea M. Russworm / University of Massachusetts, Amherst
A look at how the Internet has become a hosting powerhouse for thousands of amateur and professional videos, serialized web shows, direct-to-Internet films, minisodes, animation, documentaries, vlogs featuring blacks.
An exploration of gossip and gender on television.
Biometrics and Machinima, Reanimated:
Jacqueline Goss’s “Stranger Comes to Town”
Dale Hudson / NYU Abu Dhabi
Dale Hudson discusses the use of machinima as critique of U.S. labor and immigration laws.
How the bifurcation between “old” and “new” media continues to (mis)inform teaching in universities.
The Weather Channel, paternalistic meteorology, and individual domination of nature.
The Blurring of Fame and Talent: Female Celebrity and the Glossy Gossip Sector
Rebecca Feasey / Bath Spa University
The blurred boundaries between labor, performance, fame, and talent in celebrity rags.
The Return of Rosie: OWN, Celebrity, and the Branding of Basic Cable
Julia Himberg / University of Southern California
What does The Oprah Winfrey network say about basic cable’s reach for niche audiences? What can OWN tell us about contemporary practices of branding and celebrity production? And, how are these practices embedded in the structures of the basic cable marketplace?
Connecting David Lynch’s texts through absences, holes, and secret passageways.