We’re ecstatic to have gotten this attention. Now we hope to follow through. If you have an account here, you can already create a scholarly profile, publish your own blog, and build a research network. We’re taking proposals for projects that our network members want to develop under our auspices, and we’re also looking for submissions for MediaCommons Press. ... read more »
by Alisa Perren — Georgia State University
June 17, 2010 – 16:37
As you might have noticed, I put this blog in hibernation while I focused on finishing a couple of major projects. However, now that those projects are winding down, I hope to be posting here more frequently. One of the big pieces of news on my end is that I will be taking over the position of Coordinating Editor of In Media Res from Avi Santo. ... read more »
We are thrilled today to unveil The New Everyday, an experiment in “middle-state publishing” being undertaken here at MediaCommons as part of a two-year project undertaken by the New York Visual Culture Working Group, housed at NYU and funded by its Humanities Initiative. The project is launching with a cluster edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff considering the murder of Jorge Steven López Mercado; the pieces that form this cluster are open for discussion, and are intended to be seen, both collectively and individually, as remaining somewhat “in process.” We hope that you’ll join the discussion within this cluster, and that you’ll consider curating a future cluster as well. ... read more »
I’m taking advantage of today’s palindromic date (01022010, which is kinda nifty) to send a brief message with warm wishes for the new year to all of the members of the MediaCommons community.
2009 was an exciting year for us — we launched our user profile system, which we hope to develop into a research-oriented social network bringing together scholars across media studies related fields, and we launched MediaCommons Press with the open peer review of my own book project, Planned Obsolescence. We’ve got more exciting projects forthcoming in 2010, so we hope you’ll get involved.
Here are some brief notes about adding publications to the MediaCommons publications database and having them appear on your profile.
1. There are two ways to add a publication. Both are in the submenu that appears when you click “Edit” while viewing your profile. You can either import XML or tab-delimited files in formats like Bibtex (“Import”), or you can enter information manually (“Form”).
2. If it is your first time loading publications, you may need to take an additional step and link your author record to your profile. Author records can be found here: ... read more »
Over the last several years, as we’ve worked to establish MediaCommons as a new kind of publisher for scholars in media studies, we’ve been very conscious that what we’ve been building is not, or at least not wholly, a new form of scholarly press. There are good reasons to build such new kinds of presses; the publishers that have served the academy in recent decades find themselves in grave fiscal danger in the current economy, and at least in part due to that danger, they haven’t been able to take on the kinds of experimentation that new fields such as media studies require. The academy desperately needs new forms of publishers, and new publishing models, in order to ensure the ongoing ability of scholars to communicate their research with one another, and in order to ensure the ability of our scholars to access the artifacts produced by that communication.
But we’re also aware that, in the age of digital social networks, we have to varying extents become our own publishers; we blog, we text, we tweet, and in so doing we communicate with one another through an increasing variety of channels, and with an increasing immediacy and ubiquity. Given this proliferation, what we need as scholars may be less a system that will manage our communication for us than a system that will allow us to manage our communication, a system than recognizes that the key aspect of scholarly communication into the future may be less the distribution of the products of our research than the management of the social networks through which our research is distributed. ... read more »