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Avi Santo <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 7 Nov 2006 16:06:47 +0000
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Hello all, 
I'm writing to let you know of an important development in the   
MediaCommons project, the media studies "press" that grew out of the   
meeting that we held on the future of scholarly publishing this past   
April at USC. The Institute for the Future of the Book (with the   
support of the MacArthur Foundation and the Annenberg Center for   
Communication at USC) has just launched making MediaCommons, a   
planning site where the project will begin to develop in public: making MediaCommons 
currently consists of three simple parts: 1) A weblog where Kathleen 
Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, as founding editors, will think out loud and work with the 
emerging community to develop the full   MediaCommons vision. 2) A 
call for "papers" -- scholarly projects that engagingly explore   some 
aspect of media history, theory, or culture through an   adventurous use of 
the broad palette of technologies provided by the   digital network. These 
will be the first round of texts published by   MediaCommons at the time of 
its launch. 3) "In Media Res" -- an experimental feature where each week 
a   different scholar will present a short contemporary media clip   
accompanied by a 100-150 word commentary, alongside which a community   
discussion can take place. In Media Res is presented as just one of   
the many possible critical activities that MediaCommons could   
eventually host. With this feature, we are also making a stand on   
"fair use", asserting the right to quote from the media for   scholarly, 
critical and pedagogical purposes. 

Currently on 
the site, you'll find videos curated by:

Henry Jenkins (MIT) "Holding Out For a Hiro", 
Jason Mittell (Middlebury College) "The Third Kind of Heat: 30 Rock & Overcooked Synergy", 
Horace Newcomb "Deadwood: Reiventing the World" (University of Georgia and the 
Director of the Peabody Awards),
Jeffrey Jones "The ESPN Effect" (Old Dominion University)

There's an open invitation for more curators. 
Out of this site, the real MediaCommons will eventually emerge.   
Launch will be in 2007, as early as Spring and as late as Fall,   
depending on community response. I encourage you all to get involved   
in the various discussions, to let us know your desires for   
MediaCommons, and to take an active role in the network's   development. 
Thanks for helping us get to this point. Best, 
Avi Santo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor 
Department of Communication and Theatre Arts Old Dominion University 
Norfolk, Virginia 23529 (757) 683-6971 [log in to unmask] 
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