Media Praxis

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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 »

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U of GA’s Digitelling

I am happy to network Digitelling, as requested: ... read more »

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Is Occupy LA a Feminist Space?

Yes … ish?

Here, my students and I, from Feminist Online Spaces, create a real-space circle at Occupy LA, after some initial trepidation, but with nothing resulting other than friendly/bemused/flirty/crazy conversation from fellow Occupiers. ... read more »

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Scholar/Performers and Academic “Talks”

My Fall Road Show has been a fruitful opportunity to play out, in person, many of the issues of concern for my Online Feminist Spaces project: namely my interest in performing and interrogating in form the unique and mutually-influencing strengths of on/off line community and interaction. For instance, I have been quite interested in the intentional deployment of feeling in an (academic) room as one critical part of this live, human (or feminist) interaction that is almost impossible to replicate online. ... read more »