Kevin Driscoll reconsiders narratives of 1993’s Eternal September to argue these communities were not the end, but the beginning of a more open, inclusive internet.Read more
Your Mascot Could Never: The Effectiveness of Benny the Bull on Tiktok
James Bingaman / University of Delaware
Using the Chicago Bull’s Mascot, Benny the Bull, as a case study, James Bingaman considers how TikTok is used in NBA branding to create parasocial bonds with fans.Read more
Singing from the balconies in Spain. Today we are listening harder than ever. But to what? Social distancing and isolation have reduced the noise of everyday life. As cities retreat indoors and transport comes to a standstill, the world has become a quieter place. But while a hush has settled over the outside world, our virtual spaces have exploded into […]Read more
The Labor of Transformation: Spaces of Feminine Imperfection in YouTube Makeup Tutorials
Elizabeth Affuso / Pitzer College
Elizabeth Affuso examines the make-up tutorial video as a postfeminist genre which makes visible the hidden labor of aspirational beauty.Read more
Jeremy Wade Morris writes about preserving podcasts and making them more researchable. He enumerates several reasons we should be invested in their longevity and accessibility.Read more
Reflections of an Unintentional and Underqualified Social Media Micro-influencer Lego Grad Student / Somewhere on the West Coast
The creator of the popular “webcomic,” Lego Grad Student, reflects on becoming a “micro-influencer,” the emotional toll of academia, and the function of social media with a dose of dry wit.Read more
The Personal Is Digital: Exploring Race, Beauty and Hair Online
Briana Barner/ University of Texas at Austin
Briana Barner explores the controversial digital commercial published by hair care company Shea Moisture, and the immediate backlash it received.Read more
Biometrics and Machinima, Reanimated:
Jacqueline Goss’s “Stranger Comes to Town”
Dale Hudson / NYU Abu Dhabi
Dale Hudson discusses the use of machinima as critique of U.S. labor and immigration laws.Read more
by: Jorge A. González / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Una propuesta en cuanto al neologismo “cibercultur@”: entenderlo como un objeto de estudio y como un valor
de desarrollo y empoderamiento social. / A proposal to
use the neologism “cybercultur@” to designate an area
of study, as well as describe a value for development and social empowerment.
by: Claudia Benassini Félix / Tecnológico de Monterrey, State of Mexico
La telenovela mexicana es uno de los productos más exitosos de la televisión nacional pero también enfrenta
la competencia de otros países. / Telenovelas represent one of the most successful products to emerge from Mexico’s television industry, but they have always faced competition from other countries.
by: Octavio Islas and Arturo Caro / Tecnológico de Monterrey, State of Mexico
Un resumen de los resultados que arrojó el estudio de usabilidad de los 22 portales y sitios web ciudadanos de los países ubicados en la plataforma continental de América. / Results are shown for the usability study done to 22 websites dedicated to citizen information of countries located in the continental platform of America.
by: Mark Andrejevic / University of Iowa
Rip-on-your-favorite-show sites elevate the attempt to make bad TV more entertaining to a popular art form. In the Television Without Pity world, the show is no longer the final product, but rather the raw material to which value is added.