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This week's In Media Res special theme week is called Children’s Culture. Here's the line-up:

http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/

Monday August 30, 2010 – Benjamin Thevenin (University of Colorado) presents: Wild Child: A Fresh Look at the Pains and Joys of Childhood in Film

Tuesday August 31, 2010 – Steven Boyer (University of Glasgow) presents: Cuddly Kittens and Chainsaw Bayonets: Where Do Kids Fit into Today's Video Game Landscape?

Wednesday September 1, 2010 – Morgan Blue (University of Texas at Austin) presents: Taking Stock & Giving Back: Citizenship in Hannah Montana Forever

Thursday September 2, 2010 – Allison Butler (Independent scholar) presents: Young People, Social Networking and Qualitative Methods

Friday September 3, 2010 – Phil Nel (Kansas State University) presents: Metafiction for Children: A User's Guide

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  ABOUT IN MEDIA RES

  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.

  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.

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  Best,

  The In Media Res Team

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