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Blog Monitoring: In Media Res

I was a little skeptical when I began to monitor my blog, In Media Res (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/about). The goal of the blog is to “promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media.”

Basically, scholars from around the world upload short video clips with commentary and try to bring about discussion and feedback. If you think it sounds confusing, you’re not alone. After looking at the site very briefly, I didn’t have a clue what it was all about. But once I checked out some of the videos the concept became a lot more clear.

There are theme weeks and the one I chose to look at for this post were videos revolving around Canadian media. One post by Serra Tinic from the University of Alberta, Made in Canada?: The Art of Memesis in Global TV (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2009/04/09/made-canada-art-mimesis-global-tv) discussed Canadian television programming and gave a really interesting comparison between Canadian and American programming.

This website is really unique in that in combines social media tools, like you tube videos with academia. I hadn’t really thought of social media as being an educational thing but this website proves that it in fact is.

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May 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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