Hi all,

This week’s In Media Res line-up:


Monday, February 4, 2008 – Sam Ford (Massachusetts Institute for Technology) presents: “‘Cactus Jack and the Moral Justification of Great Wrestling Heels”.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 – Jonathan Gray (Fordham University) presents: “Voting for Super Bullshit on Super Tuesday”

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 – Heather Hendershot (City University of New York, Queens College) presents: “‘Neurosis in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice: Extremism, Anxiety, and the 1964 Presidential Campaign”

Thursday, February 7, 2008 – Jacob Smith (University of Nottingham) presents: “Wave of Imitation”

Friday, February 8, 2008 – Catherine Berkenfield (Old Dominion University) presents: “A Sphere of One's Own”

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


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 250-300-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.


Avi Santo

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
Co-Creator: Flow: Television and Media Culture


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