Dr. Sullivan Publishes a Book Review on Cloud Computing

August 19th, 2014 Comments off


John L. Sullivan, Professor of Media & Communication, addressed the implications of cloud computing in a book review for the International Journal of Communication. Sullivan reviewed To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World, published this year by Vincent Mosco, a prominent media scholar at Canada's Queen's University. As Sullivan writes in the review,

Given the rising importance of the cloud for the future of networked computing, it is difficult to imagine a more propitious time to spark a critical discussion about its role in our society. A spate of recent events such as the Edward Snowden disclosures about NSA domestic electronic surveillance and the FCC’s reconsideration of net neutrality rules, among others, has directed public attention on the future of computing and the dangers of our reliance on an increasingly centralized corporate computing infrastructure. As more and more personal data are stored, shared, and transported via cloud-based services, the need to understand and critically evaluate these interconnected systems has become acute.

The full review, licensed under an open access Creative Commons license, can be read online.

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HYPE Documentary Now Online

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

The HYPE documentary “State of the Art(s)”, screened at the Civic Theatre on July 15, is now online.

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HYPE’s “State of the Art(s)” Documentary Screening Tuesday at Civic Theatre

July 9th, 2014 Comments off



HYPE will screen its new short documentary, “State of the Art(s),” this Tuesday at the Civic Theatre. Here are the details:

“State of the Art(s)”—conceived, shot and edited by HYPE teens—explores the state of arts education in Allentown public schools and raises awareness about the value of arts for individual learners and communities.

HYPE is an award-winning media education initiative co-directed by Jenna Azar and Dr. Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and supported by the Media & Communication department and the RJ Fellows program at Muhlenberg

See photos from the project’s making here.

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Dr. Corbin Publishes Article on Cinema Spectatorship

July 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Dr. Amy Corbin, assistant professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies, published an article in Continuum: “Travelling through cinema space: the film spectator as tourist”. Here is the article's abstract:

This paper develops the notion of cinema spectatorship as a travel experience. Drawing on well-known and lesser-known works on spectatorship theory and cinematic space, it argues that part of the pleasure of spectatorship is imagining one is inhabiting a virtual space, distinct from the real space of viewing. Cinematic space is thus fundamentally ‘other’ but it is a contained otherness that allows the spectator both the thrill of experiencing something distinct from one's norm and the comfort of protection from this difference. The dynamic of contained otherness is most akin to the travel experience of tourism. While these qualities are inherent in the medium of fictional moving images, film form also plays a role in accepting a touristic gaze or questioning it.

Congratulations, Dr. Corbin!

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Dr. Nathanson Co-edits Special Issue, with Essay Contribution from Dr. McEwan

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Elizabeth Nathanson, assistant professor in the Media & Communication department, co-edited a special issue of the Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier centered on teaching film and media studies at liberal arts colleges like Muhlenberg. The issue features six essays, including one by Paul McEwan, associate professor of Film Studies and Media & Communication, “Teaching Production in a Liberal Arts Context”. The special issue is available online.

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Dr. Sullivan Promoted to Full Professor

April 26th, 2014 Comments off

The department is proud to announce that Dr. John Sullivan has been promoted as full professor of Media & Communication.  Dr. Sullivan’s promotion affirms his achievements as a dedicated teacher-scholar and highlights the many contributions he has made as a faculty member to the Muhlenberg community, and to the field.  We look forward to welcoming Dr. Sullivan back from a yearlong sabbatical this coming fall.  During sabbatical, Dr. Sullivan is working on a new book, Netmedia: The Rise of Online Cultural Industries. John-Sullivan-7-20121025-194826

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Alumni Week is Underway!

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

Alumni Week 2014 is underway! See the latest updates to the schedule on the Alumni Week website. Monday's schedule is available here.

Follow the conversation on Twitter, with the #alumweek14 hashtag.

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MC2 Alumni Week 2014 Schedule Now Online

March 17th, 2014 Comments off





MC2 Alumni Week is just around the corner, and Professor Jansen and Professor Pooley have assembled a diverse array of panels, presentations, workshops and class visits.  Please see the full schedule here.  The department looks forward to welcoming back so many alumni representing an impressive range of fields, practices, and professions.  Alumni Week is open to all and we encourage majors to attend as many events as possible.  In previous years, students overwhelmingly agree that meeting alumni and learning about their experiences in the media and communication fields helps broaden their view of the possibilities post graduation.


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Dr. Sullivan Publishes Article on Online Data and Surveillance

February 9th, 2014 Comments off

Dr. John Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, published an essay, “Uncovering the Data Panopticon: The Urgent Need for Critical Scholarship in an Era of Corporate and Government Surveillance,” in the academic journal The Political Economy of Communication. From the article:

While these revelations about domestic digital wiretapping without court orders have caused a stir in the American and global press, the privacy dangers associated with this type of data surveillance are not new to the scholarly community. Exactly 20 years ago, communication scholar Oscar H Gandy Jr (1993) meticulously outlined the growing threat to individual privacy posed by the cooperation between corporate and government data gathering in a book called The Panoptic Sort. At a time when the internet was in its infancy, when desktop computer processing was a fraction of what it is today, and five years before the founding of Google, Gandy warned that organizations like Equifax, TRW, and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) were amassing huge repositories of consumer data that were gathered passively whenever individuals made purchases via credit cards. When these data are combined with sophisticated matching algorithms and sorted against huge government databases like the census, he argued, they enabled precise tracking of individuals’ behaviors, political views, and other sensitive private information. The precision of such discrimination transforms the routine sorting of personal data into a powerful form of institutional power. Building upon Foucault’s (1995) seminal analysis of disciplinary systems in society, Gandy argued that the scale of the data collection and analysis performed by government and corporate institutions created a panopticon wherein citizen actions would eventually become circumscribed within an ever-widening net of personal data surveillance. The end result, he observed, is “an antidemocratic system of control that cannot be transformed because it can serve no purpose other than that for which it was designed—the rationalization and control of human existence” (Gandy, 1993: 227).

The article is open access and available for free online .

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Dr. Jansen Publishes Chapter on Walter Lippmann and Propaganda

February 9th, 2014 Comments off

Dr. Sue Curry Jansen, Professor of Media and Communication, published a chapter, “'The World's Greatest Adventure in Advertising': Walter Lippmann's Critique of Censorship and Propaganda,” in The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda Studies . From Jansen's chapter:

This chapter examines the propaganda of the Great War and its aftermath, which created the template for government- and corporate-mediated propaganda that is still with us today, albeit in much more technologically advanced forms. Yet, what CPI historians James Mock and Cedric Larson wrote in 1939, as America was facing the prospect of another world war, is as true today as it was then: 'if another war should come to this country, no American would need to read the story of the CPI. He would be living it.'

Congratulations, Dr. Jansen!

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