Author: Liz Ellcessor

Liz Ellcessor (Indiana University) researches the ways in which the structures and policies of internet media shape social practices, with a particular focus on embodiment, identity and disability. She is also interested in online celebrity, video games, and MTV's many media ventures. Her work has appeared in Information, Communication, & Society and is forthcoming in Cinema Journal, and her (infrequent) blogging home is Dis/Embody.

Seeing is Disbelieving

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, an unexpected celebrity has emerged – Lydia Callis, a sign language interpreter who appeared on-screen alongside Mayor Bloomberg during his warnings in advance of the hurricane. But Callis, as a visible form of media access, makes it all too clear how access is usually hidden from view.

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My Deaf Family, My New Web Series?

Oscar-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin is producing a new reality show, My Deaf Family. It follows the Firl family – father Leslie and mother Bridgetta are both deaf, and they have four children, two of whom are hearing and two of whom are deaf

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Glee on Wheels

Last night’s episode of Glee, “Wheels,” focused on Artie and put the entire club in wheelchairs for a performance. It also attracted a lot of attention and some controversy. A number of actors with disabilities expressed disappointment that Artie is played by an able-bodied actor, Kevin McHale, rather than by an actor who does use a chair.

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