Using the new HBO series Westworld, Myles McNutt discusses the shifts in television and media coverage that feeds theory-driven conversations and enables a set of forensic fan practices.Read more
Tumblr’s GIF Economy: The Promotional Function of Industrially Gifted Gifsets
Lesley Willard / University of Texas at Austin
Lesley Willard examines the industrial logics and consequences of the television industry’s creation and distribution of GIFS on Tumblr, as well as the potential implications for fandom’s gift economy.Read more
Louisa Stein explores the realities and possibilities of short form fan audiovisual authorship, particularly on the platform Vine, and examines the form’s role within a larger media ecosystem.Read more
The Limits of Infinite Scroll: Gifsets and Fanmixes as Evolving Fan Traditions Louisa Stein / Middlebury College
Louisa Stein highlights evolving fan practices by examining two aesthetic forms, the gifset and the fanmix, that have evolved within interfaces that emphasize abundant multiplicity and multidirectional flow.Read more
How To Save a Beauty Pageant: Donald Trump, Steve Harvey and The Memeticization of Miss Universe 2015
Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago / Arizona State University
Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago explores the intersections of pageants, politics, and social media in light of a newsworthy 2015 Miss Universe and pageants’ cultivation of media spreadability via “YouTube moments.”Read more
Hybridity, Extratextuality and the Docudrama:
Re-evaluating ‘Spoilers’ in The Jinx
/ Keele University
Laura Minor explores the ambiguity of contemporary documentary forms, examining Andrew Jarecki’s documentary mini-series The Jinx in relation to the television documdrama, analyzing its hybridity, extratextuality, and its presentation of “real life” spoilers.Read more
Louisa Stein examines the divide between traditional fan vidding communities and newer fan vidding practices, arguing for the embrace a larger cultural creative framework that honors the specifics of communities and specific fan practices.Read more
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: 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.
by: Moya Luckett / New York University
Project Runway is an example of how recent reality television shows rely on viewer responses to help construct the narrative. the show maintains a distinct textual presence while they advocate viewer participation, play with the idea of permeable and non-permeable textual boundaries and highlight the different ways in which we can access ‘the real world.’
by: Daniel Marcus / Goucher College
How does stripping popular series for syndication affect the how viewers receive actors, subplots, and secondary characters? In the final installment of his two-part series on stripping, Marcus explores the impact of syndication practices and raises some interesting questions about how cable channels and DVD technology alter how we watch TV.