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James Bond: A Transmedia Anomaly?

July 30, 2015
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James Bond: A Transmedia Anomaly?

Like time's arrow, transmedia franchises move relentlessly forward. Or do they? Matthew Freeman looks at the retro fixation of the transmedia James Bond storyworld as an anomaly in contemporary entertainment’s perpetual present.
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“Something Into Nothing”: On the Materiality of the Broadcast Archive

“Something Into Nothing”: On the Materiality of the Broadcast Archive

Laura LaPlaca writes about the material resilience of broadcast history from the perspective of a collector and archivist, discussing the importance of acknowledging the stuff that radio and television leave behind, especially in the face of an overwhelming emphasis on the "ephemerality" of these media.
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The Only Music Podcast: Listening to a New Music Podcast Find its Voice

July 24, 2015
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<em>The Only Music Podcast</em>: Listening to a New Music Podcast Find its Voice

Brian Fauteux inaugurates our "The Podcast Review" series with an analysis of The Only Music Podcast, a music podcast from Gothenburg, Sweden that offers a refreshing take on the music industries by critically engaging with bi-weekly topics.
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Textual Analysis & Technology: Information Overload, Part II

July 22, 2015
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Textual Analysis & Technology: Information Overload, Part II

Kyra Hunting continues her discussion of software options for media textual analysis, suggesting that while there is no single perfect qualitative research software application available, a combination of Filemaker Pro, NVivo, Dedoose, and Cinemetrics has helped her dig more deeply into media texts.
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Call of Parental Duty: Advertising’s New Constructions of Video-Gaming Fathers

July 16, 2015
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Call of Parental Duty: Advertising’s New Constructions of Video-Gaming Fathers

Soldiers, survivors, 3 a.m. fathers—Anthony Smith looks at families in recent video-game advertising and finds a "gamer dad" who’s gamer first, dad a distant second (while gamer mom is first and always a mom).
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Textual Analysis & Technology: In Search of a Flexible Solution, Part I

July 15, 2015
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Textual Analysis & Technology: In Search of a Flexible Solution, Part I

Kyra Hunting discusses how the creative use of open-ended software can serve media scholars — yet the available research software is not yet designed for the diversity of information, multiplicity of data input types, and unique twists and turns that accompanies the study of media texts.
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Crowdfunding: Looking Beyond Kickstarter

Crowdfunding: Looking Beyond Kickstarter

Everybody knows about Kickstarter, which is considered to be world’s most popular crowdfunding platform; however, Kickstarter is only one of an estimated number of over 1,000 platforms worldwide. Patryk Galuszka and Blanka Brzozowska look at MegaTotal, a music-oriented platform implementing a significantly different model than Kickstarter.
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Audiovisual Archives and the Context Conundrum

Audiovisual Archives and the Context Conundrum

Stephanie Sapienza, Project Manager at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), advocates for why the audio and paper materials of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB)'s radio collection - housed at the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Madison - need to be integrated online to maximize their usefulness...
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Rewarding Damages

July 10, 2015
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Rewarding <i>Damages</i>

Jennifer Jones recommends checking out Damages on Netflix in our "Late to the Party" series.
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Videographic Criticism 101

July 9, 2015
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Videographic Criticism 101

Melanie Kohnen reflects on what she learned at Middlebury College's videographic criticism workshop.
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Out the Back: Race and Reinvention in Johannesburg’s Garden Cottages

Out the Back: Race and Reinvention in Johannesburg’s Garden Cottages

The outdoor "maid’s room" was a common suburban feature of apartheid Johannesburg. In the 21st century many of these spaces have been reimagined as "garden cottages" and transformed into middle class assets, but traces of their segregated histories persist.
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Bracketing Home: The Asian Century

Bracketing Home: The Asian Century

Given the complex realities of home and the persistent simplification in its imagination during what many have dubbed the "Asian Century," Yiu Fai Chow, Sonja van Wichelen, and Jeroen de Kloet want to bracket home just as we hyphenate identity.
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Documenting Hitch

July 2, 2015
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Documenting Hitch

Richard Hewett gorges on recent Hitchcock-ography and finds it lean on original insights — beyond further evidence of Hitch’s exercise of control, even from the grave.
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The Discursive Asianization of Hungary

The Discursive Asianization of Hungary

Chris Moreh explains how the need to take up the challenge posed by rapid economic growth in Asia has aided the resurrection of national imaginaries of an Asian origin in the Central European country of Hungary.
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Pacifica Radio’s From the Vault

Pacifica Radio’s <em>From the Vault</em>

Brian DeShazor discusses the origins of Pacifica Radio and the archival radio series, "From the Vault." The Pacifica Radio Archives was established in 1971 to house a collection of over 60,000 reel-to-reel tapes, representing the last half of the 20th century as experienced and reported on by Pacifica Radio.
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