Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies for the Digital Age by David Gauntlett

By David Gauntlett

This intriguing and interesting publication explores the ways that humans, organisations, and corporations are utilizing the web to undertaking their pursuits and matters into the area. starting with an advent to cyberculture reports and how one can learning the net, Web.Studies strikes directly to examine daily internet lifestyles, internet paintings and tradition, net company, and worldwide net politics and protest. themes lined diversity from fan websites, net identities, and website design tendencies, to worldwide capitalism and net attract, cybercrime and the politics of hacking and propaganda conflict through the internet. during the e-book are feedback for tactics during which scholars can use the internet to extra their very own study. whereas there was an explosion of books on the net, this is often the 1st to supply scholars and basic readers a entire and coherent advent to the hot Web-based media tradition.

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As Pablo Picasso adopted the minotaur and Belgian Surrealist Renee Magritte the bowlerhatted man, Capozzoli has, chosen the Mona Lisa to be her surrogate. She explains, 'I think of the Mona Lisa as a reflection of me and my interests and obsessions as an artist. ,. depicting images of women". Photomanipulations of the Mona, Lisa appear throughout the site as a unifying design principle. Capozzoli views the manipulations as a blending of classical art with modernist design principles through new technology.

For example, the highest-rated, most expensive and most Emmy-nominated programme in the U S , ER, has at least five fan fiction sites, with plots ranging from the imagined homosexual relationship between Dr Mark Greene and Dr Doug Ross, to cross-overs with other television characters such as the doctors on another hospital drama Chicago Hope, 1 1 1 endings to the relationship between Dr Ross and nurse Carol Hathaway. In addition, the soap opera Guiding Light has at least one fan fiction site, focusing on the relationship between two of the principal characters, Danny and Michelle Santos.

However, the official site purports to transmit the viewer into Xena's world; the archaic language is presumably used to distance the viewer from such crass, 'fanatical' activities, as collecting memorabilia and to facilitate total immersion i n the online Xena experience. The official, site also maintains a bulletin board, or NetForum, with threaded fan comments, which, receives about 50 posts on the days Xena. episodes are aired, and about a dozen posts during the week. Posts are' databased and archived, and date back to 1995.

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