Stuart Hall (1980) “Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms”


Link to Summary  | Another summary Main Argument:  Since the 1950s, cultural studies has formed around two overlapping but distinct paradigms: culturalist and structuralist. Questions: Is this article dated? Have approaches emerged and shifted since Hall was writing in 1980? For example, where do feminist, queer, and postcolonial discourses fit in? Also, is structuralism much … Continue reading

Featherstone (1990) Perspectives on Consumer Culture


Link to Oxford Bibliography >>  | Argument – Our relationship to material culture has sociological significance and consumption can not be viewed as a simple by-product of production.  Consumer culture has been studied in three key ways 1.) “the production of consumption”, 2.) “modes of consumption” and 3.) “the emotional and aesthetic pleasures” of consumption.  … Continue reading

Manovich (2001) The Language of New Media


Link to text >>  |  Link to Video>>  |  Link to Review>> Argument – Manovich maps out parameters to define what new media is, what distinguishes it from old media, how it developed out of other media forms, and how it can be studied.  Throughout the book he situates new media in relation to older … Continue reading

Creeber and Martin (2009) Digital Cultures


Link to Text >> Ch 1. Digital Theories Argument – Creeber and Martin 2009 trace the history of Critical Media Studies as a precursor to the study of digital media.  They situate New Media studies within post-structuralist theories of media that emphasize multiple layers of meaning that are actively produced by users.  There is no … Continue reading