Hi all,
Welcome to a special theme week devoted to media and aging. 

This week’s In Media Res line-up:


Monday, March 23, 2009 – Caja Thimm (University of Bonn, Gemany) presents: “Advertising and the Older Generation: Humerous or Degrading?”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 – Yan Bing Zhang (University of Kansas) presents: “Media Portrayal of the Chinese Cultural Norm of Filial Piety in A Chinese Magazine Targeted at the Older Population”
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Melissa Aleman (James Madison University) presents: “Behind the Laughter Curtain: Image(in)ing Later Life Marriage through Comedy”

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Jaye Atkinson (Georgia State University) presents: “Aging in the Media: When Bad Things Happen to Good People”
Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Margot van der Goot (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands) presents: “Getting rid of the idea that older adults are television addicts”
Friday, March 27, 2009 – Mei-Chen Lin (Kent University) presents: “Are you on Facebook? Seniors and new technology” 
Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.

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 video clip/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.

Theme weeks are designed to generate a networked conversation between curators. All the posts for that week will thematically overlap and the participating curators each agree to comment on one another's work.

Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media.

In Media Res  provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we typically experience media

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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