We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is out.

Before discussing this week's columns, we want to remind our community about our
regular call for monographs. We currently seek short essays (approximately
1000-1300 words) concerning the topic of Researching Media Today:

How has the internet changed and impacted the process of doing media
scholarship? What are the questions that need to be considered as research
materials (from JSTOR to YouTube to Netflix) move increasingly online? What are
the risks and benefits, and has the internet revolution imperiled or enabled
better media scholarship?

If you are a scholar writing about related issues, we encourage you to contact
us with queries, proposals, or potential submissions. To be considered for
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This issue features columns by Anna Beatrice Scott, Kim Akass and Janet McCabe,
Daniel Chamberlain, Hector Amaya, and Alan McKee.

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

This issue's columns in brief:

"Not Yo’ Momma’s Cyborg: Transformers Meet More Than Your Eye" by Anna Beatrice
Fully loaded, tricked out, ripped and raring for a fight, the movie Transformers
(2007) provides an opportunity for processing human gesture across the
mechanized object. Can it be argued that those “robots in disguise” ™ are not
Haraway’s cyborgs?

“'I was marrying sisters … that was my choice:' Big Love, Post-Feminist Choice,
Scripted Lives and Judging Women" by Kim Akass and Janet McCabe:
Within the context of religious fundamentalism and right wing politics, HBO’s
Big Love offers up some surprising critiques of feminism and female
relationships. Here, women are represented as a source of empowerment as well
as a site of feminine censure and policing.

"Watching Time on Television" by Daniel Chamberlain:
While the ability to watch an hour of prime time television in forty-two
minutes, at four in the morning, in a plane,
on a mobile phone, is certainly a break from an earlier era of television,
celebrations of temporal mutability have overshadowed the importance of a
related phenomenon — temporal conspicuity.

"Neoliberal Parenting and Television" by Hector Amaya:
The media has succeeded at channeling advertisers’ messages and at creating a
world where labor is decentered, consumption is centered, and good
parenting is done with a credit card.

"Will BitTorrent Change Television? A Luddite’s View" by Alan McKee:
We hear that convergence technologies such as BitTorrent are going to change
television viewing habits and allow for personal schedules. But is it really

Also, don't forget about this issue's poll concerning which television series
you would revive and which you would cancel.

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Best wishes,

Flow Editorial Staff

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