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  1. TV Repair: New Media "Solutions" to Old Media Problems

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    Description: Television's history has at numerous points been punctuated by pronouncements that technological innovations will improve its programming, empower its audiences, and heal the injuries it has inflicted on American society. This enduring faith in the inevitability and imminence of television's technological salvation is the subject of this dissertation. "TV Repair"...
    Keyword: technology, television, convergence, and new media
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Bret Maxwell Dawson
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 10/08/2018
    Date Modified: 10/08/2018
    Date Created: 2008-12-04
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  2. As Easy as Pie: Housework, Temporality, and Postfeminist Popular Culture

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    Description: In an era in which women are expected to "have it all" by balancing public and private sphere responsibilities, the media increasingly define femininity in terms that are uniquely temporal. This project examines how American popular culture from the 1990s through the present represents how the mass movement of women...
    Keyword: Postfeminism, Popular Culture, Lifestyle Television, Women's Time, and Housework
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Elizabeth Nathanson
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/20/2018
    Date Modified: 09/20/2018
    Date Created: 2008-12-05
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  3. Speaking of Science: The Role of the National Science Foundation in the Development of United States Information Infrastructure

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    Description: This dissertation argues that the National Science Foundation's role in, and influence on, the development of large scale scientific and technological systems, most notably improvements to U.S. information infrastructure, can best be understood through an examination of the NSF's institutional history. Because of the Foundation's weakened starting position at its...
    Keyword: NSFNET, frontier, nano, infrastructure, NSF, and internet
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Jason Anthony Gallo
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/14/2018
    Date Modified: 09/14/2018
    Date Created: 2008-08-28
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  4. Laughing at the World: Schadenfreude, Social Identity, and American Media Culture

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    Description: This project explores historical questions of televisual form and cultural production, centering on the proliferation of media texts that mobilize real-life misfortune as a form of entertainment in U.S. television and culture. Specifically, it examines how a variety of "reality" formats in contemporary television stage and exploit spectacles of failure,...
    Keyword: television, media, and schadenfreude
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Amber Eliza Watts
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/11/2018
    Date Modified: 09/11/2018
    Date Created: 2008-05-12
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  5. The Past Revisited: Popular Memory of the Cultural Revolution in Contemporary China

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    Description: This dissertation explores the ways that Chinese popular media, including film, television, and magazines, reconstruct the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76), a traumatic historical event which tremendously affected Chinese people and society. Employing a combination of methods, including visual and narrative analysis of media and cultural forms, institutional analysis of...
    Keyword: Cultural Revolution, Chinese media, and popular memory
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Li Zeng
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/10/2018
    Date Modified: 09/10/2018
    Date Created: 2008-05-05
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  6. The Reality of Fantasy Sports: Transforming Fan Culture in the Digital Age

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    Description: This dissertation analyzes the transformation of fantasy sports from a deviant, outside-the-mainstream fan culture to a billion-dollar industry that comprises almost 20 million North American participants. Fantasy sports are games in which participants adopt the simultaneous roles of owner, general manager, and coach of their own teams of real athletes...
    Keyword: fan culture, audience studies, sports, and popular culture
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Ben Shields
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 09/06/2018
    Date Modified: 09/06/2018
    Date Created: 2008-04-22
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  7. Variety, or the Spectacular Aesthetic of American Liberal Democracy

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    Description: In the age of what George W. Bush has called a global democratic revolution, the freedom to consume an ever-expanding variety of images and goods in the global marketplace is often equated with the conditions of democratic freedom. With just such rhetorical elisions in mind, this dissertation examines the discursive...
    Keyword: spectacle, television, liberalism, media and politics, rhetoric, and popular entertainment
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Meghan A Sutherland
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/16/2018
    Date Modified: 08/16/2018
    Date Created: 2007-10-03
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  8. Far From Simple: Nostalgia for America's Turn-of-the-Century Small Town in Film and Television 1940-1963

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    Description: Until the late twentieth century, the American small town at the turn of the century was popularly conceived as the quintessential nostalgic object: an "ideal" moment of lost "innocence," albeit one never existing in reality. This conception is belied, however, by my study of its representation in film and television...
    Keyword: post-war Hollywood, nostalgia, Hollywood musicals, and cinema studies
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Linda A. Robinson
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/14/2018
    Date Modified: 08/14/2018
    Date Created: 2007-09-05
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  9. Black Power TV: A Cultural History of Black Public Affairs Television 1968-1980

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    Description: "Black Power TV: A Cultural History of Black Public Affairs Television, 1968-1980" chronicles the history of a television genre that emerged in 1968, addressing African American audiences with such bold titles as Like It Is, Say Brother, Our People, and For Blacks Only in cities such as Boston, New York,...
    Keyword: Local Television, Civil Rights, Activism, Black Power, and Broadcasting
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Devorah Heitner
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 08/01/2018
    Date Modified: 08/01/2018
    Date Created: 06-25-2007
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation
  10. Crafting a Market: How Independent Artists Participate in the Peer Economy for Handmade Goods

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    Description: How do independent artists use social media and e-commerce websites to support their creative businesses? This dissertation examines independent artists’ participation in the peer economy for selling handmade goods, a hybrid economy that combines sharing content on social media and selling goods on e-commerce platforms. While a multidisciplinary array of...
    Keyword: Internet skills, Creative and Cultural Industries, Sharing Economy, Social Media, Digital Literacy, and Peer Markets
    Subject: Media, Technology and Society
    Creator: Erin Flynn Klawitter
    Owner: Scholarly Digital Publishing
    Date Uploaded: 04/09/2018
    Date Modified: 04/09/2018
    Date Created: 2017-01-01
    Rights: In Copyright
    Resource Type: Dissertation