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Call for Participants: Foundational Media Studies Panels

Call for Participants CSCA Media Studies Interest Group Panels April 13-17, 2016 Grand Rapids, Michigan The Media Studies Interest Group is seeking participants for two panels that will consider foundational … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 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

Understanding Uses and Gratifications

[The following comes from my Ph.D. candidacy exam in 2007; in this part of the exam, I was asked to consider the uses and gratifications approach to media studies: what … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Digital game players’ preferences: Analysis of situation and gender

(The literature review for this paper can be found in this previous post.) Study overview As indicated above, our purpose for this study was to enter the literature on gender … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Adolescents, Media Use, and Identity Formation

A long time ago, when I first started graduate school, one of my primary research interests was the role the media plays in forming people’s identities.  At the time, I … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

On Transgressing Audiencehood: Web 2.0, Interactivity, and Becoming What We’ve Always Been

I think I have now determined what my main research trajectory will be, and I wanted to take the opportunity to organize these thoughts to provide the beginning of a … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Teenagers Using Media Texts for Sexual Identity Exploration

What turns me on, turns me off?: Usage of media texts by adolescents for sexual identity exploration. (A graduate school psychology final paper, edited for posting, with link containing the … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cultivated Learning Theory: Graduate school, year one

In the theory class of the first semester of my first year as a graduate student, I was in a group with two other MA hopefuls, and we wrote a … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

So, Why Did the Media Fail You?

[This post comes from a 2005 research proposal studying how the media was perceived as hindering people.  The entire proposal, with full citations and references, can be found here.] Broadcasting or … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

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