New Media

Serial Podcast

It’s happened. A podcast has achieved the status of a cultural phenomenon. Where podcasting has largely either operated as a supplementary commentary on culture (from new films to dead authors to linguistics, and probably everything else) or an extension of talk radio (political or public radio-style podcasts), serving as the custodian of our connected watercooler conversations, This American Life’s Serial podcast has now found itself at the center of a cultural conversation and a thing to be witnessed on its own – the type of thing people make podcasts about. Serial as a phenomenon can be largely credited to its inventive use of the medium – to tell a story over weeks like a must-see television show. And like the way we currently watch television, Serial has inspired a regular output of recaps, conversations, fan theories, thinkpieces, and parodies. Add the stakes inherent in the fact that Serial is one journalist’s episode-to-episode investigation of a complicated 15-year-old murder case, and what you have is the capacities of a storytelling platform transforming real life into accessible, compelling, perhaps exploitative drama. But the way we’ve been making sense of Serial as a phenomenon says a great deal about how we relate to – and “elevate” – new media phenomena based on prior media phenomena.


LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival

Jeannie Roshar, Gary Anthony Williams and Ryan Higman all took time out of their short schedules to help us understand what goes into a top notch film festival.


A 24 hour news channel? What next, TV shows about the lives of celebrities? There are just some things we’ll never watch.


Why are newspaper critics apologizing for State of Play?

For all intents and purposes, this film is getting a lot of positive reviews that, upon reading, aren’t really positive at all. Why would a film that champions newspaper reporting get such praise from newspaper-based critics?


Comic-Con International

What most of us inside that beautiful comic universe forget is that there will also be a large number of fish hopping out of their water to cover the event for the rest of the normal world.

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