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 used in my dissertation to understand the array of media studies conducted to investigate the ways in which gender is involved in how people engage…

Adventure Time, BMO and the Networked Self

Chris Olson wrote this initial take on the representation of BMO in the cartoon series Adventure Time for a class paper.  In the paper he argues that BMO\’s representation in the series demonstrates the fluidity and hyperreality of identity and the idea that we come to develop our sense of self via our interactions with our online…

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 the data collected for my dissertation on gendered media engagings.  With the help of my undergraduate research assistant, Kevin Miller, we were able to conduct…

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

This is the third part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  The second part was on defining gender. Why studying gendered media engagings matters Thanks to the work of scholars such as Dallas Smythe, we are aware of the central role of advertisement in most media industries (Smythe,…

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 2): Defining Gender

This is the second part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  Theoretical constructions of gender In order to properly begin a discussion on the theoretical approach being employed in this study, it is necessary to define what is meant by the gendering process.  The concept of gender…

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 1): Defining Gendered Media Engagings

The following is how I began my dissertation, “Gendered media engagings as user agency mediations with sociocultural and media structures: A Sense-Making Methodology study of the situationality of gender divergences and convergences.”  The discussion focuses on defining the concepts studied in the dissertation, focusing on the research topic of gendered media engaging.  The results of…

Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Female Sexuality in Spirited Away, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Coraline

Christopher J. Olson presents his MPCA 2013 Conference talk on the portrayals of girls exploring their emergent sexuality in the coming-of-age stories Spirited Away, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Coraline.  The films’ depictions of the girls’ experiences present positive representations for girls to embrace their agency, their sexuality, and their identity. via Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Female Sexuality…

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 differences in game playing with two variations on the extant literature.  One of these was to include male and female assessments of game playing gratifications…

Situational and gender comparisons of digital game players’ preferences

This three-part post comes from a 2007 International Communication Association conference paper.  The research was an attempt to understand if gender was as large of a factor in player’s experiences and preferences as specific situations of playing digital games. INTRODUCTION             The digital game industry has become a powerful media and cultural force over the…