MediaCommons is a community network for scholars, students, and practitioners in media studies, promoting exploration of new forms of publishing within the field. MediaCommons was founded with the support of the Institute for the Future of the Book, and with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through this network, we hope to refocus scholarship in the field on the communication and discussion of new ideas in the field.
MediaCommons is at its root community-driven, responding flexibly to the needs and desires of its users. It supports the production of and access to a wide range of intellectual writing and media production. Registered users are able to blog freely within the site, to develop sophisticated user profiles including a portfolio that provides links to their scholarly work, and to discuss published project with their colleagues. Members may also propose new projects to the editorial board, who serve as stewards of the larger network.
MediaCommons is comprised of a number of large-scale projects. Our longest-running feature In Media Res, which focuses on up-to-the minute discussion of brief excerpts from media texts. We have also published a number of longer texts for open discussion in MediaCommons Press, as well as an ongoing experiment in "middle-state publishing" in The New Everyday.
Our hope is that the interpenetration of these different forms of discourse will not simply shift the locus of publishing from print to screen, but will actually transform what it means to "publish," allowing the author, the publisher, and the reader all to make the process of such discourse just as visible as its product. In so doing, new communities will be able to get involved in academic discourse, and new processes and products will emerge, leading to new forms of digital scholarship and pedagogy.
For this reason, we hope that our readers and our writers will be as intimately involved in the development of MediaCommons as are its editors. Get involved in the various conversations taking place around the blog, In Media Res, MediaCommons Press and The New Everyday, and help us set the agenda for the future of publishing in media studies.
You can find out more about the MediaCommons editors, as well as about the genesis of MediaCommons, in the following essays:
- Introducing MediaCommons
- MediaCommons 2: Renewed Publics, Revised Pedagogies
- MediaCommons 3: Continuing the discussion
- Initial Responses to MediaCommons
- On the Future of Peer Review in Electronic Scholarly Publishing
- Toward the Establishment of an Electronic Press
- Teaching in a "collaborative, interactive, multimediated, networked, nonlinear, and multi-accented" Environment
Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo