Looking beyond the content of Michele Hilmes’s work to its structure and form, Shawn VanCour discusses the larger goals and techniques of Hilmesian historiography.
Josh Shepperd provides Part 1 of 2 to his final entry in the “On (the) Wisconsin Discourses” series with an examination of Michele Hilmes’ contributions to discursive analysis.
Do public spaces increase democratic participation through public discourse and visibility? Does a mediated non-profit ‘public forum’ help to promote the ‘promise’ of American democracy? These questions still provide grounds for healthy debate over the purpose of media studies, as well as a coherent logic for media research.
I’m reminded of an argument made by rhetoric scholars Kevin DeLuca and Jennifer Peeples that we need to rethink the notion of the public sphere because so much of our democratic enactments happen not in a sphere, but on what they call the “public screen.”