“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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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

July 21, 2015
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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

Spending public funds on sports stadiums and arenas is just as much about cultural policy as it is economic policy.
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“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in Magic Mike XXL

“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in <i>Magic Mike XXL</i>

Magic Mike XXL adds new iconography to the intersectionally raced, gendered, and very classed pleasures found within the women's film through its attention to the centrality of women's sexual desires vis-à-vis the deployment of male bodies who serve to maintain that pleasure.
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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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