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Case Studies in Technological Change

March 10, 2014
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Case Studies in Technological Change

To paraphrase Robert Allen and Douglas Gomery in Film History: Theory and Practice, media depends on machines. Technology contextualizes industrial and stylistic change, reveals and obscures sites of cultural negotiation and meaning, and enables new modes of media production, circulation, and reception. The significance of technology to media studies has only become more acute...
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Why Verizon v. FCC Matters for Net Neutrality— and Why It Doesn’t

September 6, 2013
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Why Verizon v. FCC Matters for Net Neutrality— and Why It Doesn’t

The policy battle over net neutrality is heating back up with the hearing in Verizon v. FCC. Here's what's at stake in the case.
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

August 14, 2013
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Let’s talk about search: Some lessons from building Lantern

This week, Lantern, a search and visualization platform for the Media History Digital Library, reached its first wide public.
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E3 Preview: Big Changes for the Gaming Industry

June 10, 2013
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E3 Preview: Big Changes for the Gaming Industry

E3 begins this week and with it will come more news on Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. What might we learn and how will it change the entire gaming industry?
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Teach Hacks: How to Capture and Save Broadcast

May 27, 2013
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Teach Hacks: How to Capture and Save Broadcast

The question I’m often asked by people afraid of the ephemerality of broadcast is: How do I record television? And how do I save what I’ve recorded for posterity? Here are my practical steps with relevant hardware suggestions.
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Creating is Collecting

May 2, 2013
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Creating is Collecting

The culture of contemporary baseball card collecting is an excellent example of how creativity can serve as a satisfying replacement for traditional economic incentives.
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Aereo and “Free” Broadcasting

April 18, 2013
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Aereo and “Free” Broadcasting

Considering the larger historical context of the broadcasters' objections to Aereo, how might this case reflect how broadcasters are revising their commitment to "free" television?
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What is the Media & Cultural Studies of the MOOC?

March 11, 2013
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What is the Media & Cultural Studies of the MOOC?

Amid the flurry of dialogue accumulating discursive authority as “The Year of the MOOC,” what is the contribution of the media and cultural studies scholar?
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Booth Babe Backlash

January 17, 2013
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Booth Babe Backlash

A year of misogyny in geek culture resurrected the booth babe debate that has contributed to a backlash against female fandom.
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Ads as Content: Ford’s “Escape My Life” Series

January 10, 2013
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Ads as Content: Ford’s “Escape My Life” Series

As audiences migrate away from live TV viewing and advertisers become increasingly concerned about how to get their messages out, series like "Escape My Life," which invite viewers to engage more directly and deeply with a brand (while being entertained!), might just be the wave of the future.
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Dish TV’s Auto Hop: Broadcast Networks Fight Back

June 6, 2012
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Dish TV’s Auto Hop: Broadcast Networks Fight Back

The broadcast networks respond to the introduction of Dish TV's new DVR, the Hopper, with outrage and litigation.
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M2AF: Message Received

June 1, 2012
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What I find surprising about gaming M2AFs is how often they quickly turn intimate, even if the only connection between sender and receivers is an ad hoc one established to gain an achievement. It is not uncommon to get a highly personal message of one kind or another.
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