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03 JANUARY 2011

In Media Res: collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship

"In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi–modal forms of online scholarship. Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts.

Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30–second to 3–minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300–350–word impressionistic response. We use the title 'curator' because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator's work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non–academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.

Theme weeks are designed to generate a networked conversation between curators. All the posts for theme weeks thematically overlap and the participating curators each agree to comment on one another's work."

(In Media Res: A MediaCommons Project)


collaborationcommentarycommunityconceptualisationcritical theorycritiquecuratordigital culture • Digital Scholarly Network • forumin media res • Institute for the Future of the Book • media • media object • MediaCommons • mediated texts • multi-modalmulti-modal designmuseum • networked conversation • New York University Libraries • online community • online dialogue • online scholarship • re-purposerecombinanttheory building


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