In December, the front page considers women in digital spaces. Our first post focuses on the body as represented in media and online spaces, which has been a rather hot topic since this is an election year in the United States.... read more »
by Kevin Moberly — Old Dominion University
November 20, 2012 – 08:29
Crumple-Zones: “Playbour,” “Gamefication,” “Serious Games,” and other assorted Car Wrecks
All the powers, all the institutions speak of themselves through denial, in order to attempt, by simulating death, to escape their real death throes. Power can stage its own murder to rediscover a glimmer of existence and legitimacy. — Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation ... read more »
by Kyle Kontour — Montana State University - Billings
October 15, 2012 – 16:07
When My Little Pony Friendship is Magic began airing on October 10, 2010 on third tier cable channel The Hub, commissioned to promote Hasbro’s new generation of My Little Pony toys (Hasbro is also 50% owner of The Hub), little did Hasbro know that this show would attract a large cult following, spreading through various networks online. Fans of the show came to call themselves “bronies”—a portmanteau of “bro” and “pony” (and/or incorporating the “b” from the /b/ board in 4chan, where pony-related memes originated, covered below)—denoting both their authentic adoration for the s ... read more »
MediaCommons and The New Everyday are thrilled to announce the launch of Rough Cuts: Media and Design in Process, a cluster of 24 essays edited by Kari Kraus. Please join in the discussion with this fantastic group of scholars!
In April 2011, MediaCommons and NYU Press jointly received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a year-long study of open review practices and possibilities. The document that follows is a draft of the white paper that will serve as the grant’s primary outcome. We are happy to post a draft of this paper for open peer review.
The questions raised in the paper affect a wide range of scholarly processes. They impact publishing, of course, but also the ways scholarly work is assessed beyond the moment of publication, from hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions to funding applications, and the development of a scholarly reputation. The issues we discuss affect scholars at every stage in their careers, as well as publishers of journals and books of every sort, and administrators at many different kinds of institutions.
Jason is releasing the text chapter by chapter, with each new installment due every week or two. The book is under contract to NYU Press, but this draft manuscript and its surrounding discussion will remain on MediaCommons Press, even after the book has been published.
We hope that you will read along as Jason publishes his chapters and contribute to the discussion of this exciting volume! ... read more »