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One month with an iPad

I received my iPad on April 8. Since then, many people have asked how I like it – my common response is that it’s too soon to tell what I’ll actually do with it. Unlike most technologies, the iPad doesn’t neatly fit into preexisting categories of practice and expectation, and like most technologies, there are unanticipated uses. Now after around a month, I feel qualified to assess what it is and how it fits into my digital life. ... read more »

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Flow roundtable on TV criticism and digital publishing

I am working on proposing a roundtable for the 2010 Flow Conference on the topic of digital publishing and television criticism, building on some of the thoughts explored in my recent post. If you’re not familiar with the Flow Conference, the idea is that instead of formal papers, there are roundtable structured conversations from invited and interested participants centering around a core topical prompt. ... read more »

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Why a book?

I’ve just finished the fifth and final day of the marathon Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in LA, and it was by far one of the best large-scale conferences I’ve ever been to. I attended no bad panels, and only a couple of weak papers – which is pretty rare! Either I got really lucky, my standards have dropped, or the quality of the conference was strong (let’s be generous and assume the third). ... read more »

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Critical categories

Warning: meandering think piece ahead with minimal coherence or argumentation. Proceed at own risk. ... read more »

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Lostpedia and Wiki Fandom Article

Just a quick pointer to my newest publication: in the new issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, I’ve published “Sites of Participation: Wiki Fandom and the Case of Lostpedia.”Here’s the abstract: ... read more »

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Twitter ambivalence

I joined Twitter this past Spring, in large part because I saw the great usefulness of the platform at a conference – I was at MIT6 and surrounded by people having backchannel conversations via Twitter. So I joined on the spot, and spent a few months trying to figure out how it fits my own social media uses. ... read more »

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Looking for a Comparative Media Scholar

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Isn’t “New” Getting a Bit Old?

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When does something that’s “new” stop being “new”? ... read more »

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Challenging Media Distribution and Music Distribution Challenges - ...

Since the 2007 release of In Rainbows it’s become cliche’ to note that artists do not need labels. Often mocked by industry insiders who point out that “Radiohead isn’t Radiohead without the many years of EMI promotion.” That is no doubt true. Yet you cannot claim that major labels record companies have much to do with the success of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (CYHSY) or, more interestingly, in the case of Corey Smith. Radiohead, positioned as the popular purveyor of the avant garde, is seen as visionary, as is the work of CYHSY for similar stylistic reasons. ... read more »

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Challenging Media Distribution and Music Distribution Challenges - ...

Let me begin that when it comes to pop music a lot that I listen to these days is old. I get excited when I find some new ukulele offerings on emusic, a new Richard “Groove” Holmes LP that has been ripped or an an odd musician/composer from the 60s or 70s that I somehow missed (this month it’s Piero Umiliani). I try to keep up, but for every Erykah Badu or Gogol Brodello that I love, there’s a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (CYHSY) that I admire industrially, but musically I just cannot get that excited about. Still, I respect them and am rooting for them as is rest of the music industry. ... read more »