Greetings from IAMCR

Céad Míle Fáilte! I’m in Dublin, Ireland for this year’s International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference. So far it has been a fascinating and engaging conference, and I’ve been trying to soak up some local culture as well.

The conference is being hosted by Dublin City University, and there are thousands of us here from all over the globe, including probably a dozen from the SOJC.

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Reading, reading, reading

Now that the spring term at UO has come to a close (finally!), we’re all getting just a tiny bit of a break before the summer session begins. I, myself, will be teaching Friday lab sessions for our Gateway I/II course along with another GTF, but I am also taking a course in the Education Studies department and will be doing some reading credits, as well as attempting to finish a couple of articles to be submitted for publication.

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Are Netflix shows “television?”

Matt Zoller Seitz over at Vulture poses an interesting question: Are Netflix original shows like “House of Cards” (and, more recently, the new season of “Arrested Development”) actually television shows? Apparently these programs are eligible for Emmy awards, which has some people (network executives in particular) up in arms because shows that are streamed online aren’t subject to the same sorts of regulations and scrutiny that broadcast programming (and, to a lesser extent, cable programming) is.

While I think Seitz’ question is an interesting one, there’s a larger question lurking underneath it: What is television?

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