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…

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…

The Whats, Hows and Whys of Film Spectatorship

Earlier this month, Christopher Olson and I presented at the 2013 SCMS conference work I started in my graduate school and he is helping me finalize and expand.  These are some preliminary thoughts about approaching the study of how spectators engage with films. Answering the Whats, Hows, and Whys of Film Spectatorship from Dominican University…

Analyzing Obama’s 2012 Victory Speech

In the early hours of November 7th, 2012, Barack Obama took the stage at the McCormick Center in Chicago to give his re-election victory speech after Republican challenger Mitt Romney had conceded the defeat of Ohio, and as Ohio went, so went the nation.  In about 20 minutes, Obama thanked his family, his friends, his…

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 came out of their participation in the group.  You can view each by following this link.  Unfortunately, unless you understand Danish, only mine and Ates’…

The Whats versus Hows of Film Spectatorship

[What follows is a 2007 paper I wrote for a graduate level course on film studies.  It was this paper that started me thinking about what I’ve come to term minutia reception studies.  I’ve edited the paper for length, and I’ve included a picture of the reception worksheets my brother filled out as part of…

Making Sense of Entertainment in Virtual Worlds

In September of 2008, with the ink on my doctorate barely dry, I jumped a plane and landed in Denmark.  I had accepted a post-doctorate research fellowship at Roskilde University with the Virtual Worlds Research Project.  My main research project with the group would turn out to be a qualitative experiment to understand how people…