Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

March 15, 2014
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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

Now in its eleventh year, Columbia, Missouri’s True/False Film Festival is rapidly becoming a major stop on the North American festival circuit.
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Celebrating 25 years of Global Hypertext: World Wide Web!#♡@

March 12, 2014
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Celebrating 25 years of Global Hypertext: World Wide Web!#♡@

While Internet denizens celebrate the web’s “official” 25th anniversary today, we might pause to recognize how confusing and uncertain “inventions” and “births” sometimes are.
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Why Co-Produce? Elementary, Holmes.

March 11, 2014
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Why Co-Produce?  Elementary, Holmes.

What I mean by “transnational television co-production,” the tensions that shape it, and why I think it’s worth studying.
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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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The Aesthetic Turn: Toward a Television Aesthetic (Again)

March 6, 2014
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The Aesthetic Turn: Toward a Television Aesthetic (Again)

How do we teach television aesthetics, and what does it mean to analyze or evaluate television aesthetics?
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Oscars 2014: It’s Time

March 4, 2014
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Oscars 2014: It’s Time

The 2014 Oscar theme may have been “Heroes in Hollywood,” but the narrative that formed was the film industry’s contestable progress and diversity.
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

February 27, 2014
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

Comedy Central has long courted young men with disconcerting portrayals of women, but several of its programs this spring provide small indications of a different politics of representation.
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

February 25, 2014
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

it’s not enough to talk about individual companies trading in on the Olympics: many of the corporate sponsors are making money off of other companies making money off of the Olympics
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A “Look Back” At What Exactly?

February 24, 2014
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A “Look Back” At What Exactly?

My Facebook "Look Back" video was so curiously curated, uneventful, and unrepresentative of how I perceive my Facebook use that I’m still thinking about it weeks after it was generated.
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