Antenna is a collectively authored media and cultural studies blog committed to timely yet careful analysis of texts, news, and events from across the popular culture spectrum. The site regularly responds to new works and developments in television, film, music, gaming, digital video, the Internet, print, and the media industries.
Antenna is intended to address a broad public inside and outside the university walls. Within those walls, though, it further intends to bridge the gap between scholarly journals, which remain the paradigm for scholarly discourse but too often lack the ability to reply to issues and events in media with any immediacy, and single-author media scholar blogs, which support swift commentary but are limited in their reliance upon the effort and perspectives of individuals. Coordinated by a group of writers who draw on a variety of approaches and methodologies, Antenna, therefore, exists as a means to analyze media news and texts, both as they happen and from multiple perspectives.
Antenna is operated and edited by graduate students and faculty in the Media and Cultural Studies area of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. However, content is provided from a mixture of our editors and of a diverse group of writers elsewhere. For a full list of those who have written for us, please see the Contributors page.
Antenna’s goal is to create a forum in which readers and contributors participate in active, open, and thoughtful debate about media and culture.
The site is designed to respond quickly to events, with daily posts, or more when events dictate. Because Antenna is interested in timely responses, we encourage short entries. Extensive presentation of evidence is not required, though supplementary links are encouraged.
If you would like to contribute to Antenna, please contact us at antenna at commarts dot wisc dot edu.
Finally, please know that all posts and comments express the opinions of their individual authors, not of the Antenna collective, nor of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin.