Media Praxis

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Writing Values

If you were required to make a video for a class that would get the most hits in a small amount of time, what qualities would you strive for? “S**t Girls Say at Superbowl” won just such a contest with a paltry 1400+ hits (when my students did this four years ago they got to 100,000 because, we can agree, YouTube was smaller then and easier to game). This year’s winner was timely, funny-enough, pretty well done, meta to YouTube, and socially-networked: ... read more »

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Comments as Writing

My course, Learning from YouTube, advertises that all class assignments take the shape of YouTube videos or comments, hence pushing and challenging both the constraints of web 2.0′s platforms for higher learning, while at the same time, asking higher learning to take better account of the ways, places, and forms where learning occurs in 2012. ... read more »

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Swoon at 20

I had the pleasure of attending the first in a series of screenings at the UCLA film archive that will be revisiting the original films of “the new queer cinema” as so heralded by B. Ruby Rich in 1992. ... read more »

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Voice as Structure

Yesterday afternoon, I had the decided pleasure of partaking in a conversation with Natalie Bookchin, the amazing new media artist who is my friend and even sometimes collaborator. We spoke together with the Critical Digital Humanities group at UC Riverside about space, quotation, and community in relation to our critical media practices. ... read more »

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YouTube 2012

Yesterday I began my fourth incarnation of Learning From YouTube. Welcome class of 2012! Since I began the project in 2007, there are quite a few differences for both YouTube and my class about/on it. While I named some of those changes here when YouTube turned 5, I’ll enumerate some new changes for our fresh beginning. ... read more »

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Why I Won’t See Devil Inside: Because It’s Probably Dumb…

I have some passing interest in horror (I teach a class on it), I am supposed to be an “expert” on fake documentaries, and my recent concern is user-made video. Thus, I feel some professional obligation to see (and then write about) films in the fake register that are either big-grossing or viral-wonders (i.e. ... read more »

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I’m (Just Not) Political: Pariah

To begin, I think Pariah is terrific. Dee Rees is a very talented writer and director whose grasp of her craft is exceptional for a young artist. She has made a moving character study in the melodramatic form where her vivid style is in service of character development and depth.

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Stories of Digital Storytelling

My graduate Cultural Studies class, Visual Research Methods, has my students performing scholarship about visual culture, using visual methods (alongside or supplanting traditional scholarly writing about the visual), and visual formats. The final section of the course is about digital storytelling, and the assignment is to consider this new phenomenon within and through the sphere itself. The course yielded some first rate scholarship, listed here, on the digital storytelling of: ... read more »

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Social Movements, Social Justice, Social Networks

I was recently interviewed for our college radio station, KPCC’s show “UpRoot: A Public Affairs Show.” The other interviews are with student activists and activist professors. ... read more »

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Context is Politics: Reflections on FOL 2

The second offering of my Online Feminist Spaces class ended this Monday. In the meantime, I’m in the early stages of building the website that hopes to address concerns and themes raised by the course(s) and through my presentations about it on the road. ... read more »