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Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:41:33 -0500
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We just wanted to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is out. This issue features columns by Walter Metz,
Mary Desjardins, Elana Levine, Moya Luckett, and Sharon Shahaf.

Please visit the journal at to read these columns and
contribute responses to them.

This issue's columns in brief:

"The Best of Television: The Inaugural Flow Critics' Poll" by Jason Mittell:
And the winner is...

"Wasn't that show cancelled?  The increasing DVD phenomenon." by Nichola
The expectation seems to be emerging that at the end of any series, or season,
the show will be distributed and sold on DVD.

"Reality TV is Undemocratic" by Mark Andrejevic:
The adjective, "democratic," like its somewhat more dramatic modern ancestor,
"revolutionary," is rapidly becoming one of the more overused and under-defined
terms in the promotional lexicon of the "interactive" era. In its broadest
sense, the term is invoked to indicate that the public has been given a choice
of some sort, or even more generally that it has been provided with the
opportunity to "participate." Are these limited forms of engagement truly

"Television and the Practice of 'Criticism'" by John Corner:
How contemplating criticism for television calls into question the very nature
of criticism itself.

"Rethinking Meaning Making: Watching Serial TV on DVD" by Amanda D. Lotz:
The rapid rise of TV on DVD prompts us to rethink and reexamine television

Feature: "lonelygirl15: The Pleasures and Perils of Participation" by Michael Z.
The Internet has been the site of a zillion hoaxes, so what is so special about

We look forward to your visit and encourage your comments.

Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

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