Archive for August, 2011

Advice, Feedback, and Where to Get It

August 30, 2011
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Advice, Feedback, and Where to Get It

With all the bad advice being given about academia, or simply the lack of advice, where do we get good advice and how do we establish a better system for giving it?
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Seven: Who’s Buying Who?

August 26, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Seven: Who’s Buying Who?

Captain Jack flashes back in time, and we find out about the beginnings of Miracle Day. But just what is the episode saying about its sinful villains?
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Balancing between “Academy” and “Industry”

August 23, 2011
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Balancing between “Academy” and “Industry”

A discussion of academic media studies work outside the university.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Six: Stuck in the Middle?

August 19, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Six: Stuck in the Middle?

The slow pacing of 'Miracle Day' has been criticized, but this seems like an odd response to a thriller - a genre based on delaying its reveals. What about the pleasures of being caught up in the middle of a story?
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You Can Patent That?

August 17, 2011
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You Can Patent That?

If you've ever clicked once to buy, you've taken part in an activity that has implications across the North American technology sectors for how consumers interact with the books, music, and movies they love on their digital devices.
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On academic collaboration

August 15, 2011
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On academic collaboration

Collaborations are frowned upon in the humanities: monographs are still the prime currency in tenure and promotion, and our training doesn’t prepare or encourage us for the give and take that collaborative writing demands. For me that’s a shame, because I love writing with others.
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The Rise and Fall of @Sutterink: Showrunners [Off] Twitter III

August 14, 2011
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The Rise and Fall of @Sutterink: Showrunners [Off] Twitter III

While it was perhaps inevitable that Sutter’s lack of a filter would result in his Twitter account becoming a liability, the rise and fall of “@sutterink” has more to do with public perceptions of Twitter than with his actual commentary.
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

August 13, 2011
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

The two words that political leaders, have resorted to in the wake of the riots that have spread throughout England since unrest in Tottenham last Saturday night, are “simple” and "criminality”. However, none of these crimes is simple.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Five: The Allegories of Life?

August 12, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Five: The Allegories of Life?

This series reaches its halfway mark with a terrifying version of the Holocaust. Science fiction allegory raises tough questions here, questions about what can be symbolically coded, and how.
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

August 11, 2011
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

A hunt for elusive video game silence and an investigation of its meaning.
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The Overseas Job Market and the Media Studies Academy

August 9, 2011
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The Overseas Job Market and the Media Studies Academy

A discussion of the academic job market and hiring processes in the UK and Ireland.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Four: Escaping Cliché?

August 5, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Four: Escaping Cliché?

Torchwood continues to explore the consequences of a world without death. But how (if at all) does that transformation effect its narrative logic, and its use of thriller conventions?
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So You Want to Be a Grad Student Mama

August 2, 2011
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So You Want to Be a Grad Student Mama

Performing motherhood while completing grad school is a complicated role to negotiate, and there are costs and benefits to consider. I write this post to discuss my own specific experiences as a media studies grad student mama, and propose considerations for a dialogue on the place of children and parenting within academe.
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