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CulturalStudies with Toby Miller

Toby Miller, Chair of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside, chatted with me over tofu for his podcast, CULTURALSTUDIES. Since last summer, Toby has recorded meandering, lively and detailed conversations with scholars, artists, and activists and he releases them in unedited real time on his podcast to 1000 or so subscribers, all probably three men and their dog in Sweden, according to Toby. ... read more »

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Learning from the Book Tour

I’ve been on the road with the video-book: CAA, NYU, University of Toronto and OCADU. I’ve been having fun, and learning a lot too during long and intense Q and As where people are actually critical and productive (in this sense it feels more like a film screening than my image of a book tour, but maybe that’s because showing the video-book is more filmic in that it is screen-based, live, loud, and defined by images). ... read more »

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Digital Praxis/Filmic Texts

My colleague at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC, Virgina Kuhn, has just published Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth Estate which “maps the use of a documentary film as a main text in an undergraduate course, explaining its practices and elaborating its theoretical underpinnings before gesturing toward some of the more salient unresolved issues that offer avenues for further research.” ... read more »

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YOUTUBE IS BADLY BAKED

YouTube is baked; its video forms and conventions badly done. We’re stuck with corporate media-like “stunts, pranks, violence, gotchas, virtuosity, upsets, and transformations.”

Sure, every video holds its own small surprises and variations, but this is expressed in a vernacular and melody with which we are already comfortable. ... read more »

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Learning from YouTube: The Video-Book

My video-book goes live today on the MIT Press website. I hope you will take a look, contribute a texteo, and share it with others who might be interested (handy promo here: juhasz flyer). With nothing to buy, sell, or hold, it will be interesting to see how the work fares. Please let me know what you think (by authoring on the vbook). ... read more »

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You Say Vook, I Say Video-Book

Virgina Heffernan’s recent article on the joys of the “vook—a software application that combines video and text”—brings to mind what MIT and I are calling my video-book (to be released online February 7), “large scale online writing that depends upon video, text, design and architecture for its meaning-making.” I like her effort to differentiate vooks from ebooks: writing in sentences, paragraphs and chapters that has been wedged onto a digital screen (allowing for both search and easy p ... read more »

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Ready for Launch: February 7, 2011

I’m in the final stages of editing and readying my video-book, Learning from YouTube, for “publication” or perhaps, better said, official presentation by the MIT Press. Given the unique nature of the product (virtual and free) it’s been yet another scholarly publishing challenge to invent the terms of its release. ... read more »

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Me ‘n MIT: Building Better Contracts for On-Line Publishing

For anyone out there interested in digital academic publishing, I am quite pleased to report that the slow and complex negotiations to create a useful and meaningful contract with MIT Press for my “video-book” are at last complete. And I have the paper to prove it! I have hoped that sharing these fruitful if hard conversations with the innovative editors at MIT who have been open to re-thinking what counts as a book, and how we might all gain from new forms of writing and its publishing, especially about digital content, would be useful for others who are also wrangling their way on this awkward, and usually unsupported trek, and I thank the editors at MIT for agreeing to let me make this public. ... read more »

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Video and Participatory Culture: On Tubing

I’ve published an article in a special issue on YouTube of the on-line journal, Enculturation (A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing and Culture). The editors, Geoffrey Carter and Sarah Arroyo explain the issue’s focus: ... read more »

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Contractual Mayhem: On the Absurdities of Moving from Paper to ...

I am currently negotiating my contract with MIT Press to “publish” my “video-book” about YouTube this Fall. ... read more »