“Media and the End of the World” – Summer Break Episodes?


Looks like there might be some Summer Replacement podcast episodes for the series I do with Adam Croom.

This week is especially brutal. Net neutrality was invited to enter the Thunderdome and lost. And speaking of monster mergers: two mega-corporations enter, one mega-corporation leaves.

And this AT&T-Time/Warner merger is a sign that it is open season for all their oligarch associates to merge. Remember:

…Or perhaps…

These two growing, excited companies are perhaps in our future.

Keep in mind that the judicial support for the merger happened despite the current administration’s opposition. “Sad.”

Will media access get more expensive? Or will we pay the same but get less? One this is clear: this does not node well for adding a wider diversity of “voices” to the conversation.


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Ralph Beliveau Media Arts Area Head Associate Professor, Creative Media Production Beliveau@ou.edu @ralphbeliveau Dr. Beliveau is on faculty for the Gaylord College and affiliate faculty in both Film and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He co-authored Digital Literacy: A Primer on Media, Identity, and the Evolution of Technology (2016) and co-edited the forthcoming collection International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear (December 2016). He writes and teaches about media education and literacy, race, horror media, documentary, rhetorical criticism, video production, film, popular culture, music & cultural studies, and documentary theory production & history. He has written about network society, documentary rhetoric, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, Supernatural, Richard Matheson, Night Gallery, Italian film, and Paolo Freire and media literacy. He previously taught Radio/TV/Film at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and broadcast journalism, popular culture, and rhetoric while doing graduate work at the University of Iowa. Beliveau ran an FM radio station and cable television studio in Chicago and worked in Los Angeles in independent film and television production. He served as editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chair of the Student Documentary Competition for the Broadcast Education Association. Beliveau is part of the team of faculty who leads the British Media Tour annually and also taught Italian Popular Film and Literature in the Journey to Italy program in Arezzo. Beliveau earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. More can be found at http://www.ralphbeliveau.com/.

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