An Autoethnography of Collegium – Day Three

Day 3: Monday, June 23rd The reason I came to Collegium is for a specific purpose, one that could potentially help my university.  So it is interesting that what I have gotten out of it so far has been more relevant to a research project that has been in the back of my mind for…

The Symbolic Interactionism of “Her”

Her is a movie exploring the tensions of love, relationship, sex, and what it means to be human. It is a beautiful romance between a man and his operating system that leaves both changed for the better.  It is a glimpse into what our future may be as the singularity is approached and artificial life is…

Sukiyaki Western Django as a Representation of Transcultural Identity

Christopher J. Olson discusses how our globalized pop culture is resulting in new transcultural films where the directors act as DJs, remixing different cultures for completely new experiences.  This paper is the most recent draft of the presentation he will be giving at the PCA Conference in Chicago this upcoming April, 2014. via Sukiyaki Western…

Cultivation theory, media socialization and adolescents’ identity formation

(Originally a class paper written in 2003, with the full paper, including references, found here.  Related thinking on this topic can be found here.) When a farmer plants a field of corn, he must provide several environmental conditions to ensure it grows. There must be ample sunlight, water, and fertilizer. The temperature should neither be…

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 researched everything I could on the psychological and sociological underpinnings of identity formation, to try to understand how the media could be involved in this…