Talkin’ bout media literacy

It’s a small thing, to be sure, but perhaps worth sharing anyway. A couple of weeks ago, a reporter for the UMN student newspaper talked with me briefly about media literacy and artificial intelligence . . . and it became part of a podcast episode. Little did I know that …

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Unfixing the race

Twenty years or so ago, I tried to write a book about multiracial identity and media called Mixed Messages. For a variety of reasons, the book never happened. But one piece of the project did wind up in print as a journal article on Eminem . . . and there …

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Being critical

Dipping back into the archives once again, but this time I’m pulling from the teaching wing, rather than the conference paper wing. This is the most recent (spring 2021) version of my opening lecture to the department’s big undergraduate intro course in media studies. As the syllabus notes, this course …

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The problem with happy endings

Lots of broken patterns this time. This week’s post comes “early”: I’ve fallen into a Saturday posting rhythm, but it’s only Thursday, and I’m back at it. And the content isn’t some dusty old conference paper unearthed from back in the day, but a (Zoom) talk I gave just yesterday …

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Full circle

Let’s end 2022 more or less where it began, shall we? Back then, I offered a tease of a podcast in the making (co-created with Giulia Pelillo-Hestermeyer). At the time, that podcast was more virtual than real. A few hours of unedited audio. A website with a mostly unpopulated WordPress …

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Suspicious Minds

1997 was the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. It was also the year after Elvis After Elvis was published. And so I found myself talking about Elvis a lot that year. In August, I gave one version of the talk below in Memphis, at the third (and also, I …

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Copywrongs and media pedagogy

In 2009, I was asked to be part of a panel on “Copyright in the Age of YouTube” that was part of a regular Technology-Enhanced Learning Seminar Series sponsored by the Digital Media Center at the University of Minnesota. I was told that it was purely a coincidence that this …

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You Can Look

As I promised (threatened?) last week, I’m going to start sharing a range of “lost”/ephemeral presentations here on an occasional basis. I don’t plan on making any revisions to the texts themselves (a bit of format-cleaning and typo-fixing notwithstanding) — and this also means that there will be citational shortcomings, …

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