#SCMS15: The Conference as Media Event

March 30, 2015
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#SCMS15: The Conference as Media Event

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, held this March 25-29, was in many ways a media event. But what kind of media event was it, and what are the implications of the conference's more public presence?
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Tammi Terrell: Marketing Mortality and Reading Album Art

March 27, 2015
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Tammi Terrell: Marketing Mortality and Reading Album Art

Marvin Gaye has been in the headlines in recent weeks, thanks to a court decision holding musicians Pharrell and Robin Thicke responsible for borrowing Gaye’s intellectual property in their single, “Blurred Lines.” While Gaye’s family has much to gain in safeguarding his legacy and its profit potential, the challenge of outside parties negotiating the...
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Screening Socialism: Television, Public Space and the Ideals of Progress

March 26, 2015
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Screening Socialism: Television, Public Space and the Ideals of Progress

Post by Sylwia Szostak, Research Associate, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University This is the third installment in the ongoing “From Nottingham and Beyond,” series, with contributions from faculty and alumni of the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media.  This week’s contributor, Sylwia Szostak, completed her PhD in the department in 2014. The majority of...
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Aesthetics and Affiliation in Gotham

March 24, 2015
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Aesthetics and Affiliation in <i>Gotham</i>

When Fox’s drama Gotham first premiered, it immediately became clear that its villains were going to be one of the primary foci. After all, while the series’ ostensible protagonists are Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the very young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Gotham’s aesthetic suggests that it is actually the two primary villains, Fish Mooney...
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Radio Studies at SCMS 2015

March 23, 2015
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Radio Studies at SCMS 2015

Alex Russo previews the radio oriented papers, workshops, and presentations at this week's upcoming Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Montreal.
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Mario is Mobile!: Or (Nintendo’s Platform Panic?)

March 20, 2015
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Mario is Mobile!: Or (Nintendo’s Platform Panic?)

Nintendo's move into mobile gaming signals a shift in strategy, but one carefully articulated in order to—for now—maintain the company's gaming philosophy.
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On Tim Burton’s Dumbo

March 19, 2015
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On Tim Burton’s <i>Dumbo</i>

Last week's announcement that Tim Burton will direct a remake of Disney's Dumbo is a reminder that in Burton's career we witness the convergence of the aesthetic logic of allusionism and the corporate logic of franchising.​
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The Gendered Politics of Digital Brand Labor

March 18, 2015
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The Gendered Politics of Digital Brand Labor

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.
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Edgar Dale, Educational Radio, and Sensory Learning

March 16, 2015
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Edgar Dale, Educational Radio, and Sensory Learning

What makes technology educational? Brian Gregory prompts this inquiry in his consideration of how Edgar Dale's ideas about sensory learning fit into the history of educational radio and ed tech.
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What the Canadian Netflix Says About Canadians (and Netflix)

March 13, 2015
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What the Canadian Netflix Says About Canadians (and Netflix)

There is a difference between the Canadian edition of Netlix and the Canadians who watch Netflix. What does that mean for the future of the service in Canada?
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