Author: jch59

  • Meta-Blogging

    One of the conversations Georgetown CCTers, myself included, are going to be taking part in this Saturday at the Eastern Communication Association conference concerns the blogosphere as a space for knowledge production as we move further into the 21st Century.  Of course, for me, as someone who has been blogging consistently since I was sixteen years old, this question almost seems absurd.  To me it seems obvious not only that blogs can be spaces for knowledge production but that they already are.  They fill this rol

  • New Theories of Liberation?

    In my previous blog post I introduced some of the ideas I’m throwing around in anticipation of my thesis next year.  Broadly I want to think about remix culture as it’s emerged in the last half century and whether it holds any sort of liberative potential.

  • Audio Theory

    I think up until this point I’ve been intimidated to write anything for the Gnovis blog here on the plans I am laying for my thesis next year. It still feels so early on in the process that ideas are rough and subject to drastic change. I’ve gotten to that point, though, in the brain storming process that I feel comfortable trying to lay out some of the questions I’m grappling with.

  • Reinscribing Imperialism in our Academic Work or Knowing Your Frame

    Before coming to Communication, Culture and Technology for my master’s, I was pursuing an Asian Studies bachelor’s in the School of Foreign Service, and, predictably, our program focused a lot on Orientalism and other forms of imperialism and colonialism both historically and today. Having shifted now to thinking primarily about media and cultural production, it has been very important for me to keep that part of my academic history alive by paying attention to the ways that we in CCT might fall into the trap of reinscribing imperialism in our academic work. The following suggestions, then, are a few of the ways I’ve thought about for working through this in any given paper or study:

  • Vidding Glee

    My personal history with online media fandom extends back to when I was eleven or twelve and first discovered slash fanfiction, which takes characters from books, television programming, and films and uses them as points of departure for queer romance and erotica.  For a young gay boy who had very few other venues for the consumption of such narratives, this was, predictably perhaps, a pretty big moment.

  • Some Academics Have More Fun

    Academic writing requires a certain level of formality across the board, but I am interested in when and why norms form around certain disciplines that allow for a little more fun. Of course, I know most everyone finds a certain level of pleasure in their disciplinary homes whatever they are, but I offer the following special cases for consideration.

  • Good Hair, Bad Hair

    Chris Rock reportedly settled on the topic of his latest film project after his 5-year-old daughter, Lola, asked him, “Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?” It’s an interesting and complex topic, but not one that we haven’t heard about lately, which is why perhaps I didn’t enter the theater expecting what turned out to be a key critical text about