Twitter as Micropolitics

Last year I participated in the 4th FLOW conference in a roundtable titled “Micropolitics in a Digital World“. Given the conference’s scheduling just before the 2012 U.S. elections, the panel sought to ask what were the implications of digital media for local, fringe, or other alternative publics and politics. Its two guiding questions were: How doContinue reading “Twitter as Micropolitics”

The Drag Queen’s Throat

During the winter term, I took a class on sound and struggles with Prof. Kay Dickinson at Concordia University, and for my final project I created three video essays for a series entitled The Drag Queen’s Throat, where I explored issues of space, time, and representation related to sound studies through the cultural figure of the dragContinue reading “The Drag Queen’s Throat”

A Chat with David Bordwell, Part Three: Genre Film Festivals Rock!

Today is my last day working at the offices of the Fantasia Film Festival, so it seems fitting I post the last clip from my chat with David Bordwell. Here are parts one and two in case you missed them. I chose to post this question last because it both fits nicely as a bookendContinue reading “A Chat with David Bordwell, Part Three: Genre Film Festivals Rock!”

A Chat with David Bordwell, Part Two: Master Classes and Film Festival Audiences

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity to chat with David Bordwell for a few minutes while he was attending the Fantasia Film Festival. Once all the required questions were out of the way, I managed to sneak in a few that related to my own interests. In the following clip,Continue reading “A Chat with David Bordwell, Part Two: Master Classes and Film Festival Audiences”

A Chat with David Bordwell, Part One: On Fantasia, Academics (Not) Getting Awards, and Chris Marker

Working at Fantasia this summer, I had the chance to meet international directors, TV stars, and – briefly but memorably – celebrity academic David Bordwell. As part of the festival, Fantasia’s YouTube channel is dedicated to two-minute capsules of conversations with all the invited guests. I volunteered to be the interviewer for the David BordwellContinue reading “A Chat with David Bordwell, Part One: On Fantasia, Academics (Not) Getting Awards, and Chris Marker”

How So Serious?

This week’s topic was serious games. I have to admit I was greatly intrigued by the games we played (Darfur is Dying, Sweatshop) and readings but I remain decidedly unconvinced by both. First, the readings: “The Effects of a Serious Game on Role-Taking and Willingness to Help” by Wei Peng, Mira Lee, & Carrie Heeter and “PoliticalContinue reading “How So Serious?”