Author: Josh Shepperd

Josh Shepperd works on the intellectual, regulatory, and aesthetic history of public and non-commercial broadcasting in the U.S.

From Mercury to Mars: War of the Worlds and the Invasion of Media Studies

In this latest post in our From Mercury to Mars series, Josh Shepperd discusses the “War of the Worlds” broadcast as a foundational subject for intellectual history and, as the subject of social research like Hadley Cantril’s The Invasion from Mars, one of the events that legitimated the very study of media.

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Why Public Media Matters for Media Studies

Do public spaces increase democratic participation through public discourse and visibility? Does a mediated non-profit ‘public forum’ help to promote the ‘promise’ of American democracy? These questions still provide grounds for healthy debate over the purpose of media studies, as well as a coherent logic for media research.

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