Viewer Discretion is Advised: Controlling TV Content

Television content has changed over the years, from representing the standards of the American Dream in Leave it to Beaver to semi-satirically exposing the façade of suburbia in Desperate Housewives.  These stories explore the fundamental issues of social life but through different genres, visuals and themes.  These differences are the product of changes that exists…

P2P: Participators to Producers

File-sharing or peer-to-peer (P2P) networks function to allow content sharing between users, often outside of the economic model of traditional multimedia distribution practices.  The circumvention of traditional content distributors transfers power from copyright holders to those select individuals who post content online, a characteristic of pirate culture.  This new “pirate culture” is described as “social…

Fanhood in Transmedia Storytelling

Fan communities have existed well before the advent of the Internet, with fans connecting through shared emotive feelings towards creative works. The Internet brought about a change exhibited by a massive exodus of fans from their basements towards the computer screen.  What followed was the creation of knowledge libraries, discussion groups and new forms of…

Identity Creation: Representation vs. Simulation

AIM is dead, or at least it should be.  Rather than mourning its death (not that any of us are), we should attempt to understand its contribution to the change in identity creation online.  An online communication that was initially text based, has transformed due to the technological affordance of interactivity, giving way to a…