Friday 31st October 2014,
Televisual

new media

Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Research update! Every once in awhile I introduce academic articles I’ve published for readers who can’t access them. This fall I wrote a piece for a special issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry on television studies. The issue, with essays from Michele Hilmes, Horace Newcomb, Eileen Meehan and others, is an outgrowth of the University of [...]

December 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Revisiting Henry Jenkins and Debates over the Power of the Internet

Revisiting Henry Jenkins and Debates over the Power of the Internet

Warning: Jargon ahead! Kept to a minimum, I hope. Every academic discipline has a debate they rehearse over and over again, sometimes over the course of decades. Here in the social sciences and humanities, among scholars of culture, there are two real debates. If you understand them, you can basically read half of everything written [...]

December 1, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

An Analog Reading List for the Digital Practitioner

An Analog Reading List for the Digital Practitioner

As you may know, I’m doing some heavy reading over the next few weeks, and they more I read, the more I realize there’s a lot of academic books on media history and theory that could benefit practitioners in the digital economy; books a lot people might pass over on Amazon for not directly addressing [...]

September 12, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Paying for Content: The Context and Consequences of the Next Wave in New Media

Paying for Content: The Context and Consequences of the Next Wave in New Media

I’m not a cynic by nature, but the times may be changing and perhaps not for the better. I’d been planning to write this post for a while, and the recent news of Google’s talks with Verizon for the company to pay for better bandwidth gave new texture and urgency to the debate over the [...]

August 6, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 5

‘Afterschool': Online and Off No One Sees Your Face

‘Afterschool': Online and Off No One Sees Your Face

ORIGINAL at SpliceToday. Please excuse the following nerdy statement: I care about how artists represent online video. This is something you need to know to understand why Afterschool, an independent film out in limited release on Oct. 2, is one I respect but do not love. Afterschool, the debut feature of Antonio Campos that premiered [...]

October 3, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Where and How to Publish Your Videos, Web Series

Where and How to Publish Your Videos, Web Series

UPDATE: For the full interview, click here. I had an email interview with Benny and Rafi Fine recently, the pair that makes up the Fine Brothers, the duo of producers making some of the most popular viral videos on the net, along with a couple of web series. They’re razor-smart, and I hope to quote [...]

September 29, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

A “New Kid” Delivers Mad Men Parody “Ma Men”

A “New Kid” Delivers Mad Men Parody “Ma Men”

(Click the photo above for video!) The level of humor here is pretty base: the Boston accent is funny. But, hey, it is funny! Bloggers are already raving about New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre’s spoof Ma Men – although it really has little to do with the original. The 36-year old McIntyre is [...]

September 16, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

“Adam On The Road” and Other Web Series

“Adam On The Road” and Other Web Series

You’re forgiven if you don’t watch any made-for-Internet television — also known as: web series, webisodes, web shows, or web originals; they’re still working on the name. Most people don’t. Ever since Lonelygirl15, the faux-vlog on YouTube turned ridiculously over-the-top web series, debuted three years ago, the web show has been consistently on the rise [...]

July 10, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Music Video Remakes: Fair Use (!) and History

Music Video Remakes: Fair Use (!) and History

So the following post is a truncated version of a paper I’ve written and plan to submit to conferences and publications soon. For an unrevised draft of the paper, click here. For a playful YouTube video I made on this topic, click here. For non-academics and makers of YouTube and other online video the headline [...]

June 11, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

Bakhtin and the Carnivalesque

Bakhtin and the Carnivalesque

So last night after an exhausting day — 4 hours of class, a presentation, preparing to teach today, starting a paper on realism — I came home in the mood for reading. I selected a random essay in the Cultural Theory and Popular Culture reader, and I’m so glad I did! Here is my take [...]

April 25, 2008 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 1