Minutia reception analysis

Methods for understanding the moment-by-moment reception of interactive media Oftentimes in media studies that focus on understanding media reception by the audience or the user, there is a focus on reception writ large and post-hoc. That is, there is a tendency to consider the reactions to a media product by the audience/user after the engagement … Continue reading Minutia reception analysis

Playing Digital Games as Scaffolding

[This is a research proposal from 2005 on how a child's cognitive developmental level could interact with digital games' formal features.  The entire proposal, with references, can be found here.] Introduction The history of the mass media has born witness to a chief concern: how will interacting with this or that medium and/or its content … Continue reading Playing Digital Games as Scaffolding

Raging Bull: Sounds of Obsession

The academic society calls cinema a visual art because it captures moving some slice of reality and from it creates a piece of art through manipulations of time and space.  Rarely is cinema referred to as an auditory art because the main focus in experiencing a movie is commonly in watching how the film represents … Continue reading Raging Bull: Sounds of Obsession

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 traditional media have been studied by the uses and gratifications perspective (UGP) to uncover the reasons people use traditional media (television, radio, newspapers, even film), … Continue reading So, Why Did the Media Fail You?

Ugetsu, Intertextuality, and the Western Spectator

I want to start off by taking what may be a radical position on how I am conceptualizing film or really any media text.  I'm going to take the position of stripping these texts of their accoutrements, designer labels like "entertainment" versus "new" or "high culture" versus "low culture," and instead I am going to … Continue reading Ugetsu, Intertextuality, and the Western Spectator

Buffy and Public Discourse on Women’s Health

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended it's television run, Joss Whedon inked a deal with Dark Horse Comics to continue the storyline in comic form.  What started with "Season 8" in 2007 has since become "Season 9".  The current season finds Buffy in a world without magic, balancing living as a young, working gal in San Francisco … Continue reading Buffy and Public Discourse on Women’s Health