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Max Dawson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 4 Aug 2006 18:02:03 -0500
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CFP: Television Interfaces
2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Chicago, IL
March 8-11, 2007

As television's long anticipated convergence with digital, networked, and
portable media technologies has accelerated in recent years, the practice of
engaging with graphical user interfaces has come to occupy an ever-greater
portion of our time spent with television. The interfaces of the iPod,
Electronic Program Guides, digital video recorders, and a host of other
distribution systems impact the very experience and meaning of convergent
media technologies and forms. This panel will consider the emergence and
proliferation of television interfaces from a number of perspectives. What
are the aesthetic characteristics of the new TV interfaces? How are
television producers, distributors, advertisers, and others modifying or
creating new forms of television content which react to or interact with TV
interfaces? How have these interfaces changed our experiences of watching
television, and the metaphors analysts of the media use to describe the
viewing experience? How do such interfaces challenge or reinforce gendered
connotations of television technologies and spectatorship? What can these
interfaces tell us about the nature of media convergence? And finally, do
these new ways of engaging with television undermine established notions of
television's ontology and ideology?

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