Author: gnovisguest

  • Dear Olivia

    Editors Reaction | Author Response Abstract: Dear Olivia, is a video art piece created using scanned magazines and multimedia software. The piece explores, in the form of a letter to...

  • Contemporary Coon Songs and Neo-Minstrels: Auto-Tune the News, Antoine Dodson, and the "Bed Intruder Song"

    Abstract: Coon songs and minstrel shows were at the peak of their popularity in the late-nineteenth century. Blackface minstrelsy and coon songs have since fallen out of factor in the United States, and are now looked up on with disdain and embarrassment. In this essay, I argue that the racial structures of the traditional coon song are updated and reiterated through the “Bed Intruder Song,” mirroring the historical constructions of blackface minstrelsy and coon songs in the early twentieth century. This essay outlines a historical overview of coon songs and how these structures relate to Antoine Dodson, the Gregory Brothers and the American audience’s reception of the “Bed Intruder Song.” By analyzing the “Bed Intruder Song” and online media’s reception of the video, this essay aims to illustrate how, in our “post-racial” moment, we’re not so colorblind.

  • Making Dead Bodies Legible: Facebook's Ghosts, Public Bodies and Networked Grief

    Abstract: This article charts a tenable middle route between critical theory and cognitive science in making a case for the distribution of emotions across digital networks. Specifically, I examine Facebook’s memorial policy and application as a cultural embodiment of public grief. To support this assertion, I look to cognitive scientist Andy Clark’s extended-mind model as a way of negotiating a more holistic approach to Freud’s theories of exchange and incorporation. Facebook, in this regard, emerges as a material rhetoric, one that compels users to participate in public acts of feeling. “I’m being blunt, but the corporeality of the human body is, finally, a blunt matter” -Richard Miller, “The Nervous System” (1996) “The dwelling, this place where they dwell permanently, marks this institutional passage from the private to the public, which does not always mean from the secret to the nonsecret” -Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1995)

  • Are You Hardcore?

    As a group, the Hard Core exists in defiance of isolation (Turner and West, 421). In Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann’s Spiral of Silence theory, she classifies those who are hardcore as deviant citizens who are willing to speak out against the majority regardless of context or cost. Though she acknowledges the Hard Core’s existence, Noelle-Neumann considers this group to be an exception to the concept of a societal Spiral of Silence.

    Spiral of Silence theory consists of a two-part argument