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Spare the Snark, Or Why It Matters Who Invented the TV Recap

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Television Pictures

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Video Game Historiography and the Archives of New Media: A Research ...

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Video Games Seminar

In Spring 2012 I’m teaching a graduate seminar on video games. (That link takes you to my syllabus on the course blog.)

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Juror #12

I was a juror in a criminal case earlier this week. I went for jury duty with the idea of comparing the experience with representations of court proceedings in narrative media. I wasn’t exactly hoping to be selected for a jury, but I also wasn’t trying to avoid it. What follows are just my observations, and I hope I don’t seem to be making them out to be more noteworthy than they are. My experience as a juror was probably pretty typical. The case wasn’t dramatic, and the outcome wasn’t surprising. I didn’t learn a lot, or make friends, or find my life changed. ... read more »

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Faves, 2011

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Laugh Track

I have a post up at antenna called Notes on the Laugh Track, which is a blog version of some thoughts I presented last month in Madison at a conference on TV comedy. Some of the ideas in it may be familiar to long-time readers; for more, see these old posts: ... read more »

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PowerPoint

The International Journal of Communication has just published a new section of essays on academic labor edited by Jonathan Sterne, and I’m really excited to have my work included in it. The essay is one I co-wrote with a friend I made at a Zionist summer camp in Canada in 1987, Ira Wagman. It’s called “PowerPoint and Labor in the Mediated Classroom“ (pdf). ... read more »

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Gchat Status, an Appreciation

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Legitimating Television: Blogversation

This is cross-posted at Dr. Television.

In this post, Elana Levine and I aim to offer a look into the origins and purpose of our new book, Legitimating Televison: Media Convergence and Cultural Status. We include an abstract of our argument (which is also our back cover copy), and then engage in a “blogversation” about the project and its aims. ... read more »