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The Critical Media Studies podcast discusses the interplay of technology and culture from an academic perspective. Each week we consider the work of a prominent thinker in the field of critical media studies and discuss the implications of their work in relation to other thinkers and in light of current social contexts.
 
Featuring a wide assortment of interviews and event archives, the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing podcast features the best of our field's critical analysis, collaborative research, and design -- all across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices. You can learn more about us, including info about our faculty and academic programs and how to join us in person for events, at cmsw.mit.edu.
 
With their epic journey through six seasons of Community behind them, the Greendale Three soldier on through their true mission: to talk about every piece of pop culture ever created. From the Witcher to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to selections by you--the listeners--we're hacking away at that mountain of #content week after week. Past and future home of PodCATS, HEDGEPod, and The StoneZone. Patreon: www.patreon.com/tvskevin Art by Jonah Steenbock
 
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Barry and Mike take on Odysseus or Myth and Enlightenment, the second chapter of Horkheimer and Adorno’s “Dialectic of Enlightenment,” focusing on three key moments in the story of Odysseus' journey: the encounters with Circe, the Cyclops, and his return home. They explore the ways that Horkheimer and Adorno’s understanding of Enlightenment thinkin…
 
The people have spoken! One of our listeners, Jessica, asked if we would do an episode on the Frankfurt school, preferably Horkheimer and Adorno. And when you folks ask, we oblige! In prepping for an episode on chapter two of the Dialectic of Enlightenment, Barry and Mike asked the age old question: Why just do one chapter of incredibly dense Germa…
 
Authors Emily K. Vraga and Stephanie Edgerly discuss their article “Deciding What’s News: News-ness As an Audience Concept for the Hybrid Media Environment.” Vraga and Edgerly elaborate on their work on the modern hybrid media environment and audience perceptions of “newsness.”
 
Fake news. Misinformation. Disinformation. The role of journalism in society has never been more important. So what's the future of news in a country deeply suspicious of information? Veteran journalists Kevin Merida, Los Angeles Times executive editor, and Donna Britt, author and Washington Post syndicated columnist, talk about the state of news a…
 
In this episode Barry and Mike wrestle with the idea of updating Benjamin's article "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility." Of the many questions that they attempt to address, perhaps the central one is: Can we update Bejmanin's theory and still maintain its philosophical integrity? Or has the digitization of virtually al…
 
In this episode Barry and Mike take up Stuart Hall's 1980 essay, Encoding and Decoding. They discuss how his arguments hold up after 40+ years and what our participation in the current media landscape mean for not only consumption, but the production of meaning as well.Michael Repici
 
This week, TV's Kevin & Daddy host enter the Total Perspective Vortex, reappraise Avatar, marvel at how there will actually be a Community movie, uninstall Octopath Traveler, and FINALLY arrive at the titular Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe!Also: Douglas ruins his own joke1TalkBackPodcasts
 
Production designer Chae Kyoung-Sun discusses with moderator Rita Raley and interpreter Eunjin Choi her design work for the TV sensation, Squid Game. Kyoung-Sun goes into detail on her design process, all the way from her initial ideas and discussions with her creative collaborators to how the final products were built and used on set. She discusse…
 
TV's Kevin & Daddy Host crack open the second book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It's a reading full of seances, strategy game discussion, and why Kermit should not be in The Great Gatsby.TalkBackPodcasts
 
William Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, which brings together storytellers, technologists, and scholars to experiment with new documentary.Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Full title: “Between freedom & oppression: The long & ambiguous (pre)history of audiovisual in the Black experience”Featuring Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Ekene Mekwunye, Jepchumba, and Russel Hlongwane.Chakanetsa Mavhunga is Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mavhunga explores international history,…
 
Professor Heather Hendershot's opening plenary from the "Bearing Witness, Seeking Justice" conference, with initial remarks by Dean Agustín Rayo and Tracie Jones, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.Hendershot is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She studies television news, conservative media, political movements, and …
 
Sam Gregory is Director of Programs, Strategy & Innovation at WITNESS, which helps people use video and technology to protect human rights; studies relationship between emergent technologies, disinformation, media manipulation, & authoritarianism.Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Kelli Moore is an Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University who examines how media and technology produce legal and political knowledge to inform public debates on visual literacy, race, and other issues.Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Barry and Mike discuss Wendy Chun's book, "Updating to Remain the Same" and discuss the political and social implications of her arguments. They begin by deconstructing the terms of her argument that Crisis + Habit = Update and pay particular attention to the role that Chun assigns neoliberalism in defining the perpetually shifting nature of our ne…
 
It was Daddy Host's time to choose a movie, and he dredged (lol) up this childhood favorite: Titan A.E. It's a movie that killed not only Don Bluth's career, but an entire animation studio.How does the film stack up against its reputation? Did it deserve to get maligned? Who has the best Wikipedia photo? And what is the chronology of the Gary Pauls…
 
Barry and Mike discuss the main ideas in Michael Miller's article. They specifically hone in on three of his main arguments: 1. That as it is often utilized on social media, (T)heory functions more as a means of accruing social capital than as a foundation for debate 2. That what he calls "weak theory" becomes anti-intellectual" in its attempt to c…
 
Enough books! Those things are for NERDS! Time to watch a frickin' movie. Specifically, time to watch the 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The cast is beyond stacked. What changes work? What changes don't? Is this a case of Hollywood Adaptation Syndrome? FIND OUT!!1!00:00:50 Three Thousand Years of Longing00:15:05 SPOIL…
 
We fucking did it. It took us THREE MONTHS, but we read a dang book. Join TV's Kevin & Daddy Host as they round out the first book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy of five.39:31 H2G2TalkBackPodcasts
 
Barry and Mike discuss Deleuze's "Postscript on the Society of Control" to investigate all of the ways that he argues societies have been kept in line. As Deleuze argues that we currently inhabit two separate but related control rubrics simultaneously, there is a bit to tease out. The guys trace the history of social control according to Foucalt an…
 
You kids like reruns?From the archives emerge the Babiez once again, as we reair this classic conversation from 2020 as we talk about the wretched animated film Scoob! Should Shaggy have stayed in Hell? What is the definitive ranking of Hanna-Barbera characters? Find out??TalkBackPodcasts
 
Director Marc Shaffer discusses his documentary Exposing Muybridge, which sheds light on the life and impact of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer of early motion pictures. Muybridge is most famously known for capturing consecutive images of a galloping horse, which proved that all four hooves leave the ground mid-stride. Shaffer details th…
 
In this episode Barry and Mike discuss the idea of Techno-Fatalism as it pertains to Robert Christgau's response to the Ted Gioia article from The Atlantic where Gioia posited that the streaming of old music was killing new music. As both Barry and Mike are lovers of music (though not all of it "good"), this one has a bit of a personal feel to it. …
 
The Greendale Three's scheduling issues persist and you KNOW I hate a naked feed. So let's drop in Episode 2 of Crazy Ex-Pod Friends. New episode out tomorrow on that particular show's feed!TalkBackPodcasts
 
Rick Prelinger, Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, is a world-renowned archivist, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Pray-linger Archives and the Pray-linger Library in San Francisco. He’s also been a pioneer in making archives accessible to the public. In this episode, Prelinger talks about his work and how it has been influe…
 
Thank you for your patience! TV's Kevin & Daddy Host return to discuss Ford & Arthur's time aboard the Starship Heart of Gold and no other topics.30:27 H2G2TalkBackPodcasts
 
In this episode Barry and Mike discuss Baudrillard's 1985 essay "The Implosion of the Social in the Media", in which he offers a very thought-provoking thesis. Baudrillard asks what if, rather than enslaving and manipulating the masses, the media actually empowers, or emancipates them? What if all of the freedom and choice and desire that we fear m…
 
Our Hitchhiker's Guide coverage returns next week, but to keep your feed warm TV's Kevin invited pod pals Justin & TheKellerBee on to develop a taxonomy of those creatures known as oafs. First, they develop a Ten Commandments of what makes an oaf and run many of your favorite fictional characters through it.Then, they subject themselves to the test…
 
The Greendale Three are still having some profound scheduling issues, so please enjoy this tasty treat from behind the paywall at www.patreon.com/tvskevin. Join the cult for as little as $1/month.TalkBackPodcasts
 
In this episode Barry and Mike look at Roland Barthes' 1964 Essay "Rhetoric of the Image" and discuss his theories of advertising against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. Spread across multiple foci, the discussion touches on the ways that images, despite their obvious curation, create manufactured senses of what is natural or authentic and are …
 
Professor Sharon Daniel talks about a remarkable undergraduate class called Making an Exoneree that she currently teaches with Georgetown University. This unusual class consists of a group of highly motivated undergraduate students who reinvestigate likely wrongful conviction cases, produce short documentaries that suggest innocence, and create soc…
 
Chapters 5 through 11!Thank you for your patience! Back on our regularly scheduled reading, TV's Kevin & Daddy Host experience the grim wonders of the Vogons en route to discussion of Ultimate Gossip Orson Welles.Next week: The Starship Heart of Gold!21:51 H2G2www.patreon.com/tvskevinTalkBackPodcasts
 
In this episode Barry and Mike take on a follow up to Marshall McLuhan's famous 1967 book, The Medium is the Massage. Here, they dig into what exactly a media environment looks like and how this environment impacts the lives we live. If you liked (or hated) the first take on McLuhan, you'll love (or really hate) this conversation!…
 
Chapters 1 & 2 AGAIN! It's a "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern type situation."This week, TV's Kevin is a child of divorce as he gets his second Christmas with Daddy Host to discuss the first couple chapters all over again, this time from a newbie's perspective. Mostly they talk about Top Gun: Maverick and everyone's favorite Hitchhiker's character: Mr. …
 
The Greendale Three have been moving, sick, traveling, and doing drag so to keep your feed fresh we are reaching behind the paywall and pulling out a special surprise. A few months back, TV's Kevin, Jace, Justin Germeroth, & Kat Scott sat down for a tremendously long conversation about the best--or at least most interesting--blockbuster of 2022: Th…
 
In this episode Barry and Mike take a look at the top 10 albums of all time according to Wikipedia. As with virtually all Top 10 lists, they take issue with what the numbers seem to say, noting some curious omissions and inclusions. However, rather than trying to rewrite history, they take a shot at explaining how and why the list looks the way tha…
 
Chapters 1-4.Because YOU demanded it. As decided by the voters of Media Madness 2022, we will spend the rest of the year reading our way through The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Things get off to a blistering start as we are introduced to Arthur Dent just in time for the Earth to be destroyed. Uh-oh!16:17 H2G2…
 
It's possible we are the only people who have ever done a podcast about this movie. It also may be one of the best we've ever done.TV's Kevin is once again joined by Moviez 4 Babiez's Justin Germeroth to discuss the pitch black comic masterpiece Little Murders (1971). Alan Arkin's directorial debut is the perfect lens through which to view our curr…
 
Journalist and Los Angeles Times columnist Jean Guerrero covers immigration issues and the current political climate. She is the author of "Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump and the White Nationalist Agenda." Her first book, "Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir," won a PEN Literary Award and was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2019. Her writing is …
 
In this episode Barry and Mike take a different approach to Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology. Rather than a traditional "what does all this mean" approach grounded in historical context, they look at the essay with a specific eye towards understanding what Heidegger can teach us about our current digital media culture and the essay's …
 
Barry and Mike look at Heidegger's "The Question Concerning Technology." They attempt to provide a little context on the work with the aim identifying his core position on technology and an explanation for it. This is not a comprehensive dive into either Heidegger or this particular essay. Rather, it is an attempt to make Heidegger's argument acces…
 
After being separated for a month, TV's Kevin & Jace have a casual conversation while waiting for a Daddy Host that never arrives. During that time, they discuss Dr. Who news, Marvel Studios' miserable business practices, and Darkman (1990). We'll be back next week to finish MQ for realzies!TalkBackPodcasts
 
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