Month: January 2013

A Samoan Hoax

Manti Te’o has been in the news a lot these past few days because Notre Dame’s star linebacker and inspirational leader was apparently pranked.  He had captured football fans’ hearts throughout the season, leading his team to an undefeated record and to the national championship game despite the fact that his grandmother and his girlfriend […]

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Please… title this book!

After nearly two years’ work, I am ready to turn in the anthology I’ve been co-editing (with Pablo Boczkowski and Kirsten Foot). I’m extremely proud of it, and hope it will be useful to young scholars who work on issues around media, technology, society, and culture. The essays are in, proofed, corrected, lined up. The […]

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Twitter Publics and Active Spectatorship

This post grows out of an ethnographic study of media production at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Two graduate students (Ph.D. student Laura Meadows and M.A. student John Remensperger) and I explicitly set out to re-create the sort of field observations of the production of media events that  Kurt Lang and Gladys Engel Lang conducted […]

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