March Madness

Binge-Watch: Almost the Word of the Year

According to Time, “binge-watch” just missed out on being the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year. “Selfie” is the champion. (Is it worse to see a selfie or to lose to “selfie” in the lexicon contest?) Here’s how the OED defines binge-watch: binge-watch: (v.) to watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession,…

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A Convergence Culture Rebuttal to Neil Postman

In the previous Neil Postman-inspired blog post, I attempted to demonstrate that our culture’s dominant means of communication infiltrate the fantasy worlds that captivate our imaginations. It was an argument in tacit agreement with Postman’s claim that the dominant medium becomes our cultural “command center.” In this post, however, I am disagreeing with Postman’s essential…

Media Marathoning at NCA

My family and I are heading to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to attend the National Communication Association’s annual conference. I am excited to return to the conference circuit after a one-year hiatus. I spent the previous academic year writing the first two-thirds of the media marathoning manuscript–and gestating a baby. This year is one of debuts:…

Fantasy Texts and Communication Anxieties

My Introduction to Media Studies course is currently grappling with Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. Comprehending the medium as metaphor for our culture is challenging, so I present a lot of examples in class to help them see the reading in a new way.  In this first of two media marathoning blog posts, I…

“Learning” from The Walking Dead (No Spoilers)

I am far enough in my media marathoning research and writing that I’m ready to announce my thesis: The immersive experience of media marathoning creates a liminal space through which the fictive and real worlds come into contact. In this space, marathoners are able to use the dialogue between fictive and real worlds to work…

Breaking Bad–Also Feeling Bad?

It seems that the media marathoning metaphor can be extended. Just like in a running marathon, some Breaking Bad viewers were kicking to the finish. They were not trying to reach a Boston qualifying time. Rather, they were sprinting to the series finish. (And both experiences might make you sick.) Brian Stelter discusses this “race…

In Defense of Media Marathoning

I was given the exciting opportunity to speak about my work with Berkeley Brean of News10NBC last week. He asked many thoughtful questions. My answers were necessarily brief in the story, so I am using my blog to expound upon those answers. Many of the popular press articles that address media marathoning pathologize this behavior…