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An Academic's Sojourn Through Communication

Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Being a fan can mean many different things to many different people. It may mean a person likes to collect memorabilia for a favorite sports team. It may mean a … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Metaphors for making sense of virtual worlds

The following paper comes from a presentation given at ECREA in 2010 and at NCA in 2011 (the version of which can be found here on the blog). I submitted … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women self-identifying as digital game addicts: Their interpretations of power

[This paper comes from 2007 and was completed for a qualitative methodology course at Ohio State University under the amazing Patti Lather. She encouraged us to try different methods of … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Philosophy of Media Reception Studies

Along with my thoughts on the encoding-decoding-recoding model, what follows comes from my dissertation on gendered media engagings and describes how I consider the fundamental elements of media reception and … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Encoding-Decoding-Recoding Model of Media Studies

This blog posts continues the dissection of my dissertation that I began by introducing the topic of gendered media engagings earlier this year. This post focuses on a model I … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Men and Their Engagements with Stereotypically Feminine Media Products

The following is an excerpt from the paper I will be presenting at the 2014 Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This paper presents a new analysis from … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

Virtual Worlds – Sense-making and Innovation

The team from the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University in Denmark were filmed giving talks about their varied and unique research projects — about the major findings that … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Metaphors of Virtual Worlds

How do people make sense of a novel situation, such as engaging with a media product they’ve never used before?  If that media product is a virtual world, then it … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

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