Netflix

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 […]

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Brighton Pier

England 2013

I was fortunate enough to visit Brighton, England in April 2013 to present a refereed talk at the Tablet Symposium, arranged by the Centre for Material and Digital Culture at the University of Sussex. While abroad, I was able to explore Brighton as well as Plymouth and London in England–and I had an all-too-brief night […]

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Notes

Note-taking strategies for graduate students

Everyone has heard the phrase “there’s a method to my madness.” It sort of conjures up people like the executive at the TV network I used to work at whose dark burrow-like office was literally filled with books and papers–there was not a surface in that room that was not piled high with folders, pieces […]

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University of Sussex, Brighton

Symposium

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to present at the Tablet Symposium at the University of Sussex in April of this year! I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “The iPad and Notions of Magic in Modern Media and Culture,” which investigates the idea of the iPad as “magic” and why this rhetoric has […]

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Intuition

New term, new ideas

Well, a brand new term has begun here at the University of Oregon, and just two days in I’m already encountering nifty little nuggets of wisdom and information that I’d never encountered or considered before. (Quick side note that is directly related to this: I’m taking four courses this term–yikes–so my postings here through March […]

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Normal curve

The joy of being a post-positivist

One of the things that I really like about the field of communication (specifically as an academic discipline) is that there is no one overarching paradigm[1. For more on the idea of paradigms as I am referring to them, see The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn.] that guides us all as we do […]

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Charles Peirce

Peirce and pragmati(ci)sm

As many folks are well aware, I spent the bulk of the past decade working for big media in New York, specifically for a media source whose ideology I don’t personally subscribe to. As you might imagine, that led to a lot of mistaken assumptions and uncomfortable conversations with folks over the years, and so […]

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Conference presentation

Conference me in

One of the two courses that I’m required to take in my first quarter as a PhD student at the SOJC is entitled Teaching & Professional Life (interestingly enough, it’s being taught by my advisor, Kim Sheehan). The intent of the course is to help us see that, in addition to being a good teacher, […]

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Thomas Kuhn

Contemplating Kuhn

For those of us who were just admitted to the University of Oregon for this term, our classes start tomorrow after a long and tiring week of orientation meetings and activities. ¬†Those of us who are embarking on the (newly renamed) Media Studies PhD program in the School of Journalism and Communication will be meeting […]

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