IMR is back with a special theme week devoted to Oprah.
The theme week was organized by Dr. Kimberly Springer, co-editor of the anthology Stories of Oprah with Trystan T. Cotton, available from The University of Mississippi Press.
Please feel free to respond to the contributors’ comments.
This week’s In Media Res line-up:
Monday, February 8, 2010 – Kimberley Springer (Williams College) presents: “Stories of O: Oprah's Culture Industries”
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 – Janice Peck (University of Colorado at Boulder) presents: “Too Big to Fail?”
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – John Howard (King's College London) presents: "For the Sake of the Children"
Thursday, February 11, 2010 – Vanessa Jackson (Independent Scholar) presents: "I've been Rich and I've Been Poor: The Economics of Oprah”
Friday, February 12, 2010 – Kimberley Springer (Williams College) presents: "Oprah's Got Beef?: Alleged Matriarchies & Masculinist Rhymes”
Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.
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In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship.
Each day, a different scholar will curate a 30-second to 3-minute videoclip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response.
We use the title "curator" because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way.
The clip/comment combination are intended to both introduce the curator's work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.
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In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we typically experience media.
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Old Dominion University
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