|Melonie Diaz, Jack Black, and Mos Def in Be Kind, Rewind (Michel Gondry, 2008 - See FSFF's post on Gondry for some reading on this film)|
Film Studies For Free is thrilled to be able to pass on news of the launch of MEDIA FIELDS JOURNAL: Critical Explorations in Media and Space, a new graduate online journal based in the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Film and Media Studies.
The first issue (1.1, 2010) on VIDEO STORES, edited by Joshua Neves and Jeff Scheible, is now available at http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/.
Neves and Scheible introduce their special issue as follows:
This new online journal represents the latest development in a research initiative launched in UCSB’s Department of Film and Media Studies in 2007. The goal of Media Fields is to provide a forum focused on the critical study of media and space, where we can dynamically present and openly debate the latest work from established and emerging scholars and practitioners. Each issue will have a theme—whether it is a topic of contemporary relevance; an exploration of a particular concept, media form, genre, or practice; or, as in this issue, a specific media space: the video rental store.The issue contents are linked to below. Also see the following great site mentioned by the special issue: Video Cultures.
We were compelled to focus on the space of the video store in this issue because it is a “media field” that at once allows for the kind of tangible, site-specific fieldwork that is at the heart of Media Fields and, at the same time, is a site where a range of important issues intersect: “new” media’s consequences for “old” media; uses, developments, and failures of media technologies; the cultivation of knowledge about cinema and television; global media distribution; piracy and the law; the circulation of pornography; configurations of cultural communities; relations between public and private space; and contemporary media reception. [read more]
- "Video Stores: Introduction" by Jeff Scheible and Joshua Neves
- "Home, Home (Video) on the Range: Reflections on Small-Town Video
- Stores in 2010" by Daniel Herbert
- "Things and Movies: DVD Store Culture in Fiji" by Nicole Starosielski
- "Exchange and Circulation: An Anthropological Perspective on Video
- Stores in Kinshasa" by Katrien Pype
- "A Business without a Future? The Parisian Vidéo-Club, Past and Present" by Brian R. Jacobson and Joshua Neves
- "The Death and Life of the Back Room" by Peter Alilunas
- "Mapping Hardcore Space" by J. Steven Witkowski
- "Riviera Adult Superstore" by Constance Penley
- "Pedagogical Spaces, or, What We’ve Lost in the Post-Video-Store Era" by Roger Beebe
- "Browsing for Dissonance: Paratexts, Box-Art Iconography, and Genre" by Kevin M. Flanagan
- "EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! An Interview with Future Schlock" by Jeff Scheible
- "Video Stores, Media Technologies, and Memory" by Rowan Wilken
- "Video Rental Store: An Interview with Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot and Su-Ying Lee" by Mél Hogan
- "The Long Tail of the Video Store" by Frederick Wasser
- "Free Lifetime Membership" by Matt Kaelin
Please also note that a call for submissions for an issue on DOCUMENTARY AND SPACE is now open and can be viewed here.