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Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:03:50 -0500
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In particular, I wonder what general criticism I can give my students that covers intermediality in film-- films that focus on camera/video/phone/Internet use, especially to critique or sensationalize them. Is there a book devoted to this topic? I'm especially interested in "haunted technologies" which is a wikia "tropes" page at present that seems fairly empty. Media technology that cripples, kills, etc., is what I'm after.  Perhaps I must content myself with finding individual articles on each film, but even that is difficult. 

Sarah Higley

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Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:14:36 PM
Subject: Course on "bad devices"

Dear all,

I am teaching a course next semester on "Bad Devices": that is, contemporary media/technology in films and television wherein the camera/video, television, radio, telephone/mobile phone, Internet, GPS, gaming etc. become devices of tragedy, mishap, power-play, evil, even supernatural force that mess us up: Face in the Crowd, Quiz Show, Truman Show, Mothman Prophecies, Blair Witch Project, Ring/Ringu, Shadow of the Vampire, the holodeck in Star Trek, Matrix, eXistenZ, possibly BBC Sherlock (Scandal in Belgravia). I would greatly appreciate any advice on this topic-- there are so many possibilities in Anime and Manga, for instance, in films about "haunted technology" (a website devoted to it), but I would like some guidance on focusing it and on the most relevant criticism to give to my students.

Sarah Higley 

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