Media

Media

episodes

Interviews with scholars of media and communications about their new books.

Edwin McRae, "Narrative Worldbuilding: A Player Centric Approach to Designing Story Rich Game Worlds" (Narrative, 2024)

May 28, 2024

Narrative Worldbuilding

Edwin McRae and Rachel Rees

Game worlds differ from traditional fictional worlds. While literary and cinematic worlds are written to host character arcs and plots, game worlds ne…

Netta Avineri and Patricia Baquedano-López, "An Introduction to Language and Social Justice: What Is, What Has Been, and What Could Be" (Routledge, 2023)

May 25, 2024

An Introduction to Language and Social Justice

Netta Avineri and Patricia Baquedano-López

An Introduction to Language and Social Justice: What Is, What Has Been, and What Could Be (Routledge, 2023) is designed to provide the who, what, wher…

Timothy P. A. Cooper, "Moral Atmospheres: Islam and Media in a Pakistani Marketplace" (Columbia UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Moral Atmospheres

Timothy P. A. Cooper
Hosted by Garima Jaju

Lahore's Hall Road is the largest electronics market in Pakistan. Once the center of film and media piracy in South Asia, it now specializes in smartp…

Alex Beringer, "Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip" (Ohio State UP, 2024)

May 22, 2024

Lost Literacies

Alex Beringer
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Lost Literacies: Experiments in the Nineteenth-Century US Comic Strip (Ohio State UP, 2024) is the first full-length study of US comic strips from the…

Rob Drew, "Unspooled: How the Cassette Made Music Shareable" (Duke UP, 2023)

May 20, 2024

Unspooled

Rob Drew
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Well into the new millennium, the analog cassette tape continues to claw its way back from obsolescence. New cassette labels emerge from hipster encla…

The Rise of English: A Discussion with Rosemary Salomone

May 20, 2024

The Rise of English

Rosemary Salomone
Hosted by Ingrid Piller

The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language, which has just been reissued in paperback by Oxford University Press, with a new prefa…

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd, "Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age" (U California Press, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Black Networked Resistance

Raven Simone Maragh-Lloyd
Hosted by Pete Kunze

Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age (U California Press, 2024)​ explores the creative range of Black digital user…

Image as Form in a Transpositional Grammar: The Example of Photography

May 17, 2024

Image as Form in a Transpositional Grammar

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, and John Jones
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to Episode No.10 of All We Mean, a Special Focus of this podcast. All We Mean is an ongoing discussion and debate about how we mean and why. Th…

Julie A. Cassiday, "Russian Style: Performing Gender, Power, and Putinism" (U Wisconsin Press, 2023)

May 14, 2024

Russian Style

Julie A. Cassiday

Russian Style: Performing Gender, Power, and Putinism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2023) provides a critical and nuanced analysis of the relationsh…

City of Voices

May 13, 2024

City of Voices

Shannon Mattern
Hosted by Mack Hagood

This episode we have a single longform interview with a media scholar of note–The New School’s Shannon Mattern. We have teamed up with Mediapolis, a j…

Scott W. Gregory, "Bandits in Print: The Water Margin and the Transformations of the Chinese Novel" (Cornell UP, 2023)

May 13, 2024

Bandits in Print

Scott W. Gregory

Bandits in Print: "The Water Margin" and the Transformations of the Chinese Novel (Cornell UP, 2023) uses the classic novel The Water Margin (Shuihu Z…

"Did You Miss My Comment or What?": Understanding Toxicity in Open Source Discussions

May 11, 2024

"Did You Miss My Comment or What?"

Courtney Miller
Hosted by Daniel Shea

Listen to this interview of Courtney Miller, PhD student in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. We talk about her paper "Did You Miss …

Alyxandra Vesey, "Extending Play: The Feminization of Collaborative Music Merchandise in the Early Twenty-First Century" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 11, 2024

Extending Play

Alyxandra Vesey
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

Despite the hypervisibility of a constellation of female pop stars, the music business is structured around gender inequality. As a result, women in t…

Gina Sipley, "Just Here for the Comments: Lurking as Digital Literacy Practice" (Bristol UP, 2024)

May 11, 2024

Just Here for the Comments

Gina Sipley
Hosted by Michael LaMagna

We all sometimes ‘lurk’ in online spaces without posting or engaging, just reading the posts and comments. But neither reading nor lurking are ever pa…

Emily Strand and Amy H. Sturgis, "Star Wars: Essays Exploring a Galaxy Far, Far Away" (Vernon Press, 2023)

May 10, 2024

Star Wars

Emily Strand and Amy H. Sturgis

'Star Wars' is a global phenomenon that in 2022 celebrated its 45th year of transmedia storytelling, and it has never been more successful than it is …

Tiziano Bonini and Emiliano Trere, "Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight against Platform Power" (MIT Press, 2024)

May 10, 2024

Algorithms of Resistance

Tiziano Bonini and Emiliano Trere
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

What are the tactics needed for a world of platforms and algorithms? In Algorithms of Resistance: The Everyday Fight against Platform Power (MIT Press…

Book Banning: A Discussion with Christine Emeran of the National Coalition Against Censorship

May 9, 2024

Book Banning

Christine Emeran

Book bans and book challenges are both on the rise. And they are increasing at unprecedented rates. But why is this happening? Dr. Christine Emeran of…

Maggie Messitt, "Newspaper" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

May 9, 2024

Newspaper

Maggie Messitt
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Newspaper (Bloomsbury, 2024) by Dr. Maggie Messitt is about more than news printed on paper. It brings us inside our best and worst selves, from censo…

Julia Havas, "Woman Up: Invoking Feminism in Quality Television" (Wayne State UP, 2022)

May 8, 2024

Woman Up

Julia Havas
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

While American television has long relied on a strategic foregrounding of feminist politics to promote certain programming's cultural value, Woman Up:…

Regina Seiwald and Ed Vollans, "(Not) In the Game: History, Paratexts, and Games" (de Gruyter, 2023)

May 8, 2024

(Not) In the Game

Regina Seiwald and Ed Vollans

How do games represent history, and how do we make sense of the history of games? The industry regularly uses history to sell products, while processe…