Dr. Lisa Glebatis Perks
Associate Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College
When I was growing up, a television was usually turned on in my house during all waking hours. Our house also had a 1:1 person to television ratio. I watched a lot of television, loving its presence in my life, the relaxation it afforded, and the new worlds it opened up—but I didn’t always like what I saw.
The enduring focus of my scholarship is on mediated meanings and meaning-making practices. All of my scholarly work orbits around core questions of power and culture.
In the last several years, my research has evolved from a primarily text-based approach to a multi-methodological approach that crafts a dialogue between textual and audience discourses. Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality is illustrative of that evolution. After the publication of Media Marathoning, I turned my attention to a variety of emerging media research projects, some of which were inspired by the book. My recent journal articles examine television spoiler temporality, media marathoning and health coping, podcast uses and gratifications, and morality in The Walking Dead, among other topics.
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