Myth Today, Myth Every Day

In the essay “Myth Today,” Roland Barthes studies myth as “a semiological schema” (3). What this means is that he is concerned with how representations accrue meaning, since he believes that, through the creation of myths, society has the ability … Continue reading

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A Linkin Park/MLK/Frankfurt School Mashup

Here is the collaborative analysis I created with Ingrid. Our analysis takes the form of a short video. The media “object” (which is really a plural object) is “Wisdom Justice and Love” recorded by Linkin Park. This audio track (not … Continue reading

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Mass Media and Exchange

In Critical Terms for Media Studies, John Durham Peters illuminates the term “mass media” while David Graeber tackles “exchange.” A key concept in Peters’ essay is that “mass media” have actually been around “for as long as people have had … Continue reading

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The Logic of the Culture Industry

In “The Culture Industry” from Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer argue that technique, calculability, and uniformity are the reigning forces that govern Western society. The “culture industry” is a term that reflects the nature of popular … Continue reading

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Fitting “Art” and “Image” into Media Studies

In Critical Terms for Media Studies, Johanna Drucker grapples with the notoriously slippery term ”Art.” While she comes to no air-tight conclusions or Regis Philbin “final answers,” her discussion of what the term has meant throughout history and the shape … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin, Politics, and Art in the Age of Xerox

A recent article in The Atlantic claimed that “the most unsung birthday in American business and technological history [...] may be the 50th anniversary of the Xerox 914 photocopier.” Photography and cinema did for art what the Xerox did for … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Media Culture

This week, I read four texts that demonstrate different approaches to “media culture” to see what I could learn about the authors’ various approaches, objects of study, methodologies, and rationales. The texts I read come from different time periods and … Continue reading

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Responding to Mitchell and Hansen’s Introduction

In the introduction to their book, Critical Terms for Media Studies (2010), editors W.J.T. Mitchell and Mark Hansen set out a clear agenda for the field of media studies. In fact, they don’t exactly view “media studies” as a field … Continue reading

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