The Journal of e-Media Studies is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the scholarly study of the history and theory of electronic media, especially Television and New Media. It is an inter-disciplinary journal, with an Editorial Board that is chiefly grounded in the methodologies of the field of Film and Television Studies. We welcome submissions across the fields and methodologies that study media and media history.
- Volume 1, Issue 1 (2008)
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Inaugural Issue: Welcome
by Mark Williams
Editor's introduction to the inaugural issue of the Journal of e-Media Studies, April 2008.
by Craig Saper
This essay describes an experiment in scholarly presentation and ethnographic representation. The project, called folkvine.org, focuses on folk art and artists in Florida. It specifically examines Ruby C. Williams, Taft Richardson, Diamond Jim Parker, the Scott family, and Ginger LaVoie among many other folk and outsider artists represented on the website. Design functions as a crucial aspect of the content to illuminate the sensibility of the artists and traditions explored. The visceral, visual, and sonic modes function not as ornamentation. The visceral design of scholarship, not merely an ornament or a necessarily invisible lens for scholarship, has unique advantages. This essay describes those strategies and advantages of e-Media scholarship -- not scholarship about media or e-Media, but scholarship online.
by Jan Baetens and Jan Van Looy
By establishing an opposition between two ways of studying e-poetry: the patrimonial stance, which historicizes and canonizes a corpus and the cultural stance, which discusses e-poetry in its social context, the article makes a plea for a broad, cultural approach to electronic reading and writing. This approach defines e-poetry in terms of performance, placing a strong emphasis on the mediated and often networked environment in which e-poetry creation and reception take place. The close reading of two examples by Pierre Alferi and Eric Sadin, two prominent authors of electronic literature in France, further illustrates the idea of writing and reading as performance as well as the necessity to study e-poetry within the broader landscape of different media and publication forms.
Que'est-ce qu'une madeleine interactive? Chris Marker's Immemory and the Possibility of a Digital Archive
by Erika Balsom
This essay explores Chris Marker's 1997 CD-ROM, Immemory, to examine what is at stake in Marker's embrace of new media, specifically in the spatialization of memory into an intensive trajectory decided upon by the ambulatory movements of the user, and in the changed relation between technology, memory, and the archive. Contrary to those who view the ascendance of new media as provoking a crisis in the archive due to its governing tense of a perpetual present, this essay argues that digital media can provide new possibilities of organizing our relation to the past, and can generate exciting interfaces of personal and cultural memory.
by Tara McPherson
Interview with television studies scholar Horace Newcomb about his career and his thoughts on the media environment today. Interview conducted by Tara McPherson in Summer, 2007.
by Stanley Rubin
Stanley Rubin reflects on his experience producing the television program "The Necklace," an adaptation of the short story "The Diamond Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant. The program won an Emmy Award for Best Film Made for Television at the very first Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 1949.
by Michele Hilmes
Conference review of TV Fiction Exchange: Local/Regional/National/Global, An International Conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire on September 5-8, 2006. Review by Michele Hilmes.
Fred Turner, "From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism"
by Anna McCarthy
Book review of Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006). Review by Anna McCarthy.