Hi all,

Welcome to a special theme week devoted to Religion and Media. 

Please feel free to respond to the contributors’ comments.
This week’s In Media Res line-up:
Monday, April 12, 2010 – Barton Scott (Duke University) presents: "Marketing Mythology on India’s Cartoon Network” 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – Isaac Weiner (Georgia State University) presents: “Attending to Attention: Church Bells, Prayer Calls, and American Public Space”

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – Jenna Tiitsman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) presents: "‘The Same God Made Us All’: The Particular Universalism of Religion in America"

Thursday, April 15, 2010 – Vincent Gonzalez (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) presents: “Imagining the Self-Controller: ‘The Wild Divine Project’ as an Experiment in Religious Game Interface”

Friday, April 16, 2010 – Karen Gonzalez Rice (Duke College) presents: "Linda Montano, Student of Real Presence” 

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 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.

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.

In Media Res is a publication of MediaCommons. MediaCommons is a strong advocate for the right of media scholars to quote from the materials they analyze, as protected by the principle of "fair use." If such quotation is necessary to a scholar's argument, if the quotation serves to support a scholar's original analysis or pedagogical purpose, and if the quotation does not harm the market value of the original text -- but rather, and on the contrary, enhances it -- we must defend the scholar's right to quote from the media texts under study.

For more information, please contact In Media Res’ coordinating editor, Avi Santo at [log in to unmask] 


Avi Santo

Avi Santo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
Old Dominion University
Office: Batten Arts & Letters 3014
Tel: 757-683-6971
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Co-Creator, Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture (
Co-Creator, MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network (
Creator and Coordinating Editor, In Media Res (

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