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Interacting With Babylon 5

Author : Kurt Lancaster
ISBN : UOM:39015050539660
Genre : Performing Arts
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"This book makes a significant contribution to the growing body of scholarship surrounding the participatory communities--i.e. fandoms--that surround cult television shows and films. . . . It will cut across disciplines, finding a readership among sociologists, anthropologists, media scholars, and performance scholars, as well as among fans and lay readers." --Henry Jenkins, author of Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture Much of the pleasure of science fiction and fantasy stems from the genres' ability to transport fans into imaginary worlds that often feel more "real" than ordinary life. This pioneering book uses the insights of performance theory to explore how fans of the television show Babylon 5 actively immerse themselves in its imaginary environment by role-playing games and fan fiction, through which the fans perform--make real--fantasies they previously watched on television. Kurt Lancaster opens with a background analysis of Babylon 5, including creator-producer J. Michael Straczynski's online interaction with fans. Then he thoroughly examines the performance aspects of all the participatory media surrounding the show--the role-playing game, collectable card game, war game, CD-ROM "guidebook," fan fiction, and web pages. His use of performance theory offers a new way of understanding the enormous popularity of imaginary entertainment environments and the fandom surrounding other popular sites of science fiction and fantasy, including Star Trek, Star Wars, and J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth.
Category: Performing Arts

The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader

Author : J.P. Telotte
ISBN : 9780813138732
Genre : Performing Arts
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Exploring early hits such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, as well as more recent successes such as Battlestar Galactica and Lost, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader illuminates the history, narrative approaches, and themes of the genre. The book discusses science fiction television from its early years when shows attempted to recreate the allure of science fiction cinema, to its current status as a sophisticated genre with a popularity all its own. J. P. Telotte has assembled a wideranging volume rich in theoretical scholarship yet fully accessible to science fiction fans. The book supplies readers with valuable historical context, analyses of essential science fiction series, and an understanding of the key issues in science fiction television.
Category: Performing Arts

Digital Fandom

Author : Paul Booth
ISBN : 1433110709
Genre : Business & Economics
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"This book re-evaluates the way we examine today's digital media environment By looking at how popular culture uses different digital technologies, Digital Fandom bolsters contemporary media theory by introducing new methods of analysis Using the exemplars of alternate reality gaming and fan studies, this book takes into account a particular "philosophy of playfulness" in today's media in order to establish a "new media studies."" "Digital Fandom augments traditional studies of popular media fandom with descriptions of the contemporary fan in a converged media environment. The book shows how changes in the study of fandom can be applied in a larger scale to the study of new media in general, and formulates new conceptions of traditional media theories." ""In this web 2.0 world, where community and not content is king, the fan marks a new form of interactive subjectivity that deconstructs the usual categories of consumer and producer. Paul Booth's Digital Fandom breaks new ground in the investigation of this subject, demonstrating how it reorganizes and reorients the field of new media studies" ---David J. Gunkel, Presidential Teaching Professor, Northern Illinois University, Author of Hacking Cyberspace and Thinking Otherwise" ""From blogs to ARGS, wikis to social networking sites, Paul Booth provides an in-depth tour of how fans straddle and traverse the boundary between television and digital media. With a theoretically rich analytic eye, Digital Fandom breaks new ground for the next generation of media scholarship" ---Jason Mittell, Middlebury College, Author of Television & American Culture"--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Business & Economics

Game Play

Author : Paul Booth
ISBN : 9781628927429
Genre : Games & Activities
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The 21st century has seen a board game renaissance. At a time when streaming television finds millions of viewers, video games garner billions of dollars, and social media grows ever more intense, little has been written about the rising popularity of board games. And yet board games are one of our fastest growing hobbies, with sales increasing every year. Today's board games are more than just your average rainy-day mainstay. Once associated solely with geek subcultures, complex and strategic board games are increasingly dominating the playful media environment. The popularity of these complex board games mirrors the rise of more complex cult media products. In Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games, Paul Booth examines complex board games based on book, TV, and film franchises, including Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, The Hunger Games and the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. How does a game represent a cult world? How can narratives cross media platforms? By investigating the relationship between these media products and their board game versions, Booth illustrates the connections between cult media, gameplay, and narrative in a digital media environment.
Category: Games & Activities

Fan Cultures

Author : Matt Hills
ISBN : 9780415240246
Genre : Social Science
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Fans are one of the most widely-studied groups of media consumers. Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matthew Hills discusses how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory.
Category: Social Science

Science Fiction Studies

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ISBN : UCSC:32106015164814
Genre : Science fiction
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Category: Science fiction


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105112940403
Genre : Drama
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Category: Drama

Reading Lost

Author : Roberta E. Pearson
ISBN : UOM:39015078786491
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book is a comprehensive guide to the one of the most successful TV dramas in global television history. Created by wunderkind J.J. Abrams, the award-winning series Lost began in 2004 and will end after its sixth season in 2010. Reading Lost delves into the aspects that attract 15 million viewers a week: cinematic visuals, complex narrative, and a diverse, international cast. Also addressed are the show's multitude of mystifying elements and plot twists including the polar bear, the four-toed statue, and the "Others." The book also includes an up-to-date episode guide.
Category: Performing Arts

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015058394381
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

Contemporary Authors

Author : Gale Group
ISBN : 0787645931
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors(r) .
Category: Literary Criticism

Critical Readings Media And Audiences

Author : Virginia Nightingale
ISBN : UOM:39015058737886
Genre : Social Science
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· What next for audience research in the 21st century?
Category: Social Science

Watching The Lord Of The Rings

Author : Ernest Mathijs
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131706843
Genre : Performing Arts
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How did audiences across the world respond to the films of The Lord of the Rings? This book presents findings from the largest film audience project ever undertaken, drawing from 25,000 questionnaire responses and a wide array of other materials. Contributors use these materials to explore a series of widely speculated questions: why is film fantasy important to different kinds of viewers? Through marketing, previews and reviews, debates and cultural chatter, how are audiences prepared for a film like this? How did fans of the book respond to its adaptation on screen? How do people choose their favorite characters? How was the films' reception shaped by different national and cultural contexts? The answers to these questions shed fresh light on the extraordinary popularity of The Lord of the Rings and provide important new insights into the global reception of cinema in the twenty-first century.
Category: Performing Arts


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ISBN : UCSB:31205030001992
Genre : Academic libraries
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Fans Bloggers And Gamers

Author : Henry Jenkins
ISBN : UCSD:31822035433978
Genre : Psychology
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Henry Jenkins's pioneering work in the early 1990s promoted the idea that fans are among the most active and socially connected consumers of popular culture. This volume maps the core theoretical and methodological issues in fan studies, and also charts the growth of participatory culture on the Web.
Category: Psychology

The Contemporary Television Series

Author : Michael Hammond
ISBN : STANFORD:36105120991968
Genre : Performing Arts
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An engaging and provocative study of the contemporary prime-time 'quality' serial television format, this book gives a timely account of prominent programmes such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos and The West Wing and explores their influential position within the television industry. Divided into the areas of history, aesthetics and reception, the text provides an illuminating overview of an increasingly hybrid television studies discipline. Chapters consider the formal and aesthetic elements in the contemporary television serial through approaches ranging from those concerned with issues of gender and sexuality, national identity, and reception to industry history and textual analysis. The book also includes British examples of 'quality' serial television emphasizing not only their cultural specificity but also the transnational context in which these programmes operate.
Category: Performing Arts

The New Media Book

Author : Dan Harries
ISBN : UCSC:32106016679950
Genre : Performing Arts
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What will prove to be the lasting impact of New Media on film and television? What kinds of transformations of moving image media are really already under way? The term 'new media' has become an effective catch word both as a description of the digital delivery of media via the Internet, DVD, and digital television and as a reference to the "newness" such technologies have brought to media more generally. And yet the nature of this transformation has been over-hyped and too little understood. The New Media Book provides an accessible, critical intervention into the field of moving image studies and features 20 newly commissioned and thought-provoking essays in a format designed to be of wide use to a range of courses in digital media, film and television studies. The book is divided into five thematic sections: Technologies, Production, Texts, Consumption, and Contexts and addresses how "new media" is both embracing and altering the existing media landscape. Topics discussed include the ways in which we interact with digital television, the changing methods of production, distribution, and exhibition within the media industry, and how the histories of traditional media have influenced the development of new media. The New Media Book examines the corresponding influences that 'traditional' media and 'new' media are having upon each other as well as revisiting central, continuing issues surrounding the moving image and the contexts in which all the media operate. The collected essays present and redefine these crucially important topics providing the most systematic analysis of both change and continuity in the contemporary media landscape yet published in the field of screen studies.
Category: Performing Arts

Building A Home Movie Studio Getting Your Films Online

Author : Kurt Lancaster
ISBN : 0823077268
Genre : Performing Arts
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How to take advantage of the web's ability to provide cheap worldwide distribution and make film of professional quality using software.
Category: Performing Arts

Tele Visions

Author : Glen Creeber
ISBN : 1844570851
Genre : Performing Arts
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Category: Performing Arts

Investigating Alias

Author : Stacey Abbott
ISBN : UCSC:32106019092995
Genre : Performing Arts
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First aired in 2001, 'Alias', a spy drama, has become a leading cult television series with a loyal fan following. The series is ending with a bang in 2006, and 'Investigating Alias' is the first book to give a full and fascinating examination of the series in its entirety, with a complete episode guide.
Category: Performing Arts