How do producers of digital commons establish relations with the market, and how do they create economic value through their practices? An attempt to go beyond common misconceptions is done through looking at the phenomenon of “open movies” production within the 3D Blender and 2D Synfig animation communities.
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.
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.
Katariina Kyrölä on somatic archives, memories of porn use in Finland, and the notion of the archive in the context of queer theory, porn studies, and media studies.
Rayna Denison and Hiroko Furukawa analyze how Japan’s fiction media producers have responded to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 with a discourse of trauma, healing, and recovery in media ranging from manga to anime and film.
The Hong Kong government has been saying that local people have a strong sense of belonging in this so-called “Asia’s World City.” Believe it or not? A promotional video featuring an old district in Hong Kong will tell you more.
In the so-called “attention economy,” brands increasingly harness the immaterial labor of social media participants. To what extent can these digital activities by understood as gendered? This post draws on findings from a recently published International Journal of Cultural Studies article to explore the gendered politics of social media labor.
Critical feminist approaches to anorexia have become increasingly visible as an area of academic study since the late 1970s. Such approaches have done much to question and critique the ideological nature of medical conceptions of the “eating disorder,” but they continue to raise questions about how to “give voice” to those who suffer from anorexia.
In the wake of the “normalization” of U.S. relations with Cuba, the transitional communist nation is struggling with its cultural heritage policies in what Pablo Alonso González calls “the transformation of ideology into heritage.”
Against hegemonic memory-draining statist narratives and corporate projects, the Umbrella Movement is about remembering to struggle, and the struggle to remember.