The graduate theses of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program are now online. CMS is taught by super academic-fan Henry Jenkins, guru of all things fan-theoretical. I once spent a mind-blowing day at his program, meeting super-smart people seriously unpicking things like pro-wrestling fandom and understanding what makes it tick. Now there's dozens of these online -- I could read this stuff for weeks.
TV 2.0: Turning Television into an Engagement Medium
Expectations Across Entertainment Media
Agent + Image: How the Television Image Destabilizes Identity in TV Spy Series
Oh No I'm Toast! Mastering Videogame Secrets in Theory and Practice
Models and Simulations: Digital Cartography in the Networked Environment
As the World Turns in a Convergence Environment
Ceaseless Becoming: Narratives of Adolescence Across Media
RENA HE HUANG:
Journey to the East: the (Re)Make of Chinese Animation
Transmedia Storytelling: Business, Aesthetics and Production at the Jim Henson Company
Playing with Good and Evil: Videogames and Moral Philosophy
Mastery and the Mobile Future of Massively Multiplayer Games
.art: situating internet art in the modern museum
How fanfic makes kids into better writers (and copyright victims)
What steampunk means
Media scholar Henry Jenkins starts blogging
Kat Macdonald sez, "I thought I'd offer a link to my undergraduate thesis 'Reflections on the Modern Folk Process,' which, as the abstract suggests, talks about 'the phenomenon of fanfiction, [focusing] on issues such as the culture industry, authorship, legitimacy, transience, the current copyright culture, and the folk process in a modern context. As a specific example, the essay follows the history of a human-interest folklore article, 'Myths Over Miami,' as it travels through and is changed by the modern folk process.'"
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