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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.
 
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
 
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.
 
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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. …
 
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??저자 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…
 
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…
 
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/tvskevin저자 TalkBackPodcasts
 
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!저자 TalkBackPodcasts
 
MQ dives into the present and backstory(!) of "beloved" character C.W. Longbottom in what will prove to be the character's final big appearance. Time to get emotional about both these profoundly upsetting episodes and about our dang stupid lives.00:19:00 MQ저자 TalkBackPodcasts
 
Mythic Quest does a classic bottle episode, and we wonder if maybe this show should just be a drama?We also do some solid hype building for Top Gun: Maverick, The Northman, Kraven The Hunter, and the films of Michael Mann.00:00:25 The Northman (No Spoilies)00:31:35 MQ저자 TalkBackPodcasts
 
Video also available at https://cms.mit.edu/video-seeing-silicon-valley-mary-beth-meehan-fred-turner.Acclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Silicon Valley historian and media scholar Fred Turner discuss their recently published and award-winning book Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America, a collaborative exploration of the cultu…
 
Moderator Jennifer Tyburczy discusses the production and impact of HBO miniseries Veneno with star Daniela Santiago. Santiago talks about the process and pressures of portraying transgender icon La Veneno, and the importance of representation both in front of and behind the camera. She detailed the significance of La Veneno, including her famous ch…
 
Our series bringing arts and humanities practice to medicine continues with educators Holly Walter Kerby and H. Adam Steinberg as they show you a simple and repeatable method you can use to explain your work to the public via story and poster design. Series: "Let's Jam: The Arts in Medicine" [Health and Medicine] [Humanities] [Show ID: 37996]…
 
In this episode Barry and Mike discuss online education as a pharmakon. They argue that while the upsides to this model of learning are clear, there is a problem in understanding the costs. This discussion hearkens back to many of the ideas discussed in earlier episodes regarding the manner in which technologies shape our perspectives and the natur…
 
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of "Captain America: The First Avenger," discuss the film with moderator Matt Ryan. Markus and McFeely cover how they adapted the beloved comic book hero to the screen, and their collaboration with director Joe Johnston. They explained in detail how they crafted the characters of Steve Rogers, B…
 
Happy Sonic 2sday! Just as was detailed in such films as "The World's End," "Da 5 Bloods," & "Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," the Babiez have reunited, back where it all began: Sonic the goddamn motherfucking Hedgehog. Time to review the sequel to the hit Paramount Pictures joint, Sonic 2 & Knuckles!And only the Babiez could s…
 
Charles North has published twelve books of poems, three books of critical prose, and collaborations with artists and other poets. With James Schuyler, he edited the poet/painter anthologies Broadway and Broadway 2. His New and Selected Poems What It Is Like (2011) headed NPR’s Best Poetry Books of the Year, and he has received a Foundation for Con…
 
Kate Crawford, author of "Atlas AI: Power, Politics and Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence," is a leading international scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. This program looks at the intersection of art, activism and artificial intelligence. Series: "UC Berkeley Graduate Lectures" [Humanities] [Scienc…
 
We're sparkin' up a new miniseries!It is decreed that every 4/20, the Moviez 4 Babiez crew shall gather around a bowl and talk about a movie from America's most political blockbuster maker -- Oliver Stone. (And smoke a little bit while they do it.)Discussions this year: what separates Tom Cruise from other movie stars, why America so embraced such …
 
In her 2021 book Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech, our guest Martha Minow “outlines an array of reforms, including a new fairness doctrine, regulating digital platforms as public utilities, using antitrust authority to regulate the media, policing fraud, and more robust funding of publi…
 
This talk reconsiders the role of television entertainment in American political life in the 1970s and beyond. Focusing on the situation comedy All in the Family (CBS, 1971-1979), the talk looks at a turn to politics in entertainment and a turn to entertainment in politics. In the 1970s, fictive characters, including Archie Bunker (played by Carrol…
 
The Greendale Three are off this week, so in honor of the impending plague of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, here is a tasty re-upload of the original Moviez 4 Babiez episode, first released in February 2020! We'll be back to review the new Sonic this upcoming Sonic 2sday!**Sonic 2sday is not so much a specific day as a state of mind.…
 
Barry and Mike discuss the recent Adam McKay film Don't Look Up. They argue that the film plot and characters are a representation of Bernard Steigler's conceptions of algorithmic governmentally and functional stupidity. These concepts were covered in two earlier episodes that you can go back and listen to, but they to a recap for listeners who may…
 
In this talk, Jens Pohlmann compares the discourse about the regulation of social media platforms and its effect on freedom of expression in Germany and the United States. Drawing on computational methods, he analyzes the discussion about a German anti-hate speech law called the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) and the debate about a reform of Sect…
 
After a rousing discussion of the Evil Dead franchise, the Greendale Three dive in on MQ's two betwixt-season specials. How did they perfectly capture the emotional state of the pandemic AND flawlessly receive the torch of Community's genre homages? It should be illegal, honestly.00:00:30 Evil Dead00:25:31 Intro00:35:52 MQ…
 
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