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Media Coverage of Terrorism

March 23, 2016 admin 1

This was in my Facebook feed courtesy of Boing Boing this morning. Not a surprise, since I had a discussion with a FB friend named Keenan Robert last week after posting a story about why weren’t the other terrorist acts in  Turkey and Cote d’Ivoire covered as much. As one person snarkily […]

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CFP – The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign

March 14, 2016 admin 0

I share this because I hope some political geography and media geography scholars might consider contributing to the volume. Baumgartner was part of a book looking at late-night humor and American politics.   CFP: Book Chapters for Edited Volume “The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign” (Edited by Jody C. Baumgartner and […]

Trump, Humor and Dystopian Movie References

March 2, 2016 admin 1

Donald Trump’s rise ahead of Super Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses has been analyzed as a symptom of a country that has outsourced jobs that many white, middle-class voters now scramble to maintain, if those jobs are still available in the places they live. Others argue it is fear that is being […]

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Example Jokes for @MrJonCryer

February 10, 2016 admin 0

It is incongruity theory in action (I only read theories about humor, I don’t name them). “And in a rambling call to a TV station, Moammar Gadhafi ranted about his enemies, blamed others for his problems. He said he is feeling fine and he is willing to go back to […]

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Zombies

February 10, 2016 admin 0

I was finishing the references on a manuscript submission for a journal that rarely addresses critical geopolitics (translation: NEVER). One of the sections tries to justify why political geographers and international relations scholars would engage popular culture. The literature is expanding in both areas and expanding to deal with important […]

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ResBaz at OU

February 2, 2016 admin 0

Wanting to study media using statistical methods and computational platforms? Think about starting your own Research Bazaar on your campus. ResBaz 2016  

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Was there an Arab Spring?

January 25, 2016 admin 0

I recently attempted to crowdsource an answer to the question, was there a unitary Arab Spring? I asked because a friend who has worked in Iraq and today teaches military personnel commented on a draft, questioning the entire idea of an Arab Spring that had guided my selection of cases […]

Use judgment…when using Judgmental Maps

January 21, 2016 admin 0

According the Austin American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski (see the article here), an Austin city employee is on leave after using a Judgmental Map of Austin as the background for a presentation. The map consists of pithy, off-color, comments overlaying the more typical map content most would expect. For example: RICH HIPPIES house flippers […]

What I am reading – Memes

January 21, 2016 admin 0

How do we understand humor memes and their role in an increasingly globalized society? Limor Shifman tackles this in Memes in Digital Culture by exploring what exactly is a meme in terms of scholarly approaches and how we should conceive of them.