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Welcome to the first installment of volume 4 and a special Irony and Politics-themed week from In Media Res. 

Please feel free to respond to their comments and add your own thoughts and ideas about the series as well. 

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This week’s In Media Res line-up:

Monday, January 14, 2008 – Ted Gournelos (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) presents: “South Park’s Ironic Whiteness”

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 – Amber Day (Bryant University) presents: “Ironic Authenticity: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping”

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 – Ian Reilly (University of Guelph) presents: “Two Words: Chuck Norris”

Thursday, January 17, 2008 – Catherine Burwell (University of Toronto) presents:  "Calling on the Colbert Nation: How fan practices complicate irony”

Friday, January 18, 2008 – Viveca Greene (Hampshire College) presents: “Shirley, You Can't Be Serious”

Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.

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In Media Res is envisioned as an experiment in just one sort of
collaborative, multi-modal scholarship that MediaCommons will aim to
foster. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for more immediate critical
engagement with media in a manner closer to how we typically experience
mediated texts.

Each day, a different media scholar will present a 30-second to 3-minute
clip accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. The goal is to
promote an online dialogue amongst media scholars and the public about
contemporary media scholarship through clips chosen for either their
typicality or a-typicality in demonstrating narrative strategies, genre
formulations, aesthetic choices, representational practices, institutional
approaches, fan engagements, etc.

Best,

Avi Santo

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Avi Santo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
3014 Batten Arts & Letters (BAL)
Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
(757) 683-6971
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Co-Coordinating Editor: MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network
http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org
Co-Creator: Flow: Television and Media Culture 
http://www.flowtv.org

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