On this episode, Adam and Ralph have their first guest, Dr. Lisa Funnell. Dr. Funnell’s research explores the performance and intersection of identities—specifically gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity—in Hong Kong martial arts films, Hollywood blockbusters, and the James Bond franchise. We recognize we should have held out this discussion for episode 007, but we were too excited to contain ourselves.
- Lisa Funnel (personal site)
- Purchase her books on Amazon
- Gal Gadot will only be ‘Wonder Woman’ again if Brett Ratner is out(Page Six)
- We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning (The Cut)
Ralph chats with Mary Jo Heath, who recently spoke at OU for a Presidential Dream Course titled Women in Media Leadership.
Mary Jo Heath is in her fourth season as Radio Host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, hosting both the Saturday matinees heard live by almost eight million people worldwide each week and the evening broadcasts on the Met Opera Radio Channel on SiriusXM – more than 70 live broadcasts of 25 different operas each season. She is only the fourth “Voice of the Met” in the history of the house since the broadcasts began in 1931. Prior to that appointment she spent nine seasons as the Met’s Senior Radio Producer, leading almost 1,000 broadcasts from behind the scenes. She has worked for more than 25 years in many parts of the music industry, from radio stations to record companies to researching and writing to the internet. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. She earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music where she returned in May 2016 to give the Commencement Address and receive a Distinguished Alumni Award.
I love the idea that a radio producer from opera would sit in on live sports coverage by ESPN to improve her “game”.
We discuss our thoughts and some of the conflicting opinions on design thinking. It wouldn’t be a true episode though if we didn’t first veer into other directions as well. This episode includes some more talk about conspiracy theories as it relates to the Sutherland Springs church shooting and the JFK assassination.
- Quincy Jones, In Conversation (Vulture)
- A Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking (Stanford d.school)
- Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis — It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains (Medium.com)
- Beyond Design Thinking : An Incomplete Design Taxonomy (DigitalCommons@RISD)
We are joined by Chris Gilliard, Professor of English at Macomb Community College. His scholarship concentrates on privacy, institutional tech policy, digital redlining, and the re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making, especially as these apply to college students. He is currently developing a project that looks at how popular misunderstandings of mathematical concepts create the illusions of fairness and objectivity in student analytics, predictive policing, and hiring practices. Follow him on Twitter at @hypervisible.
- Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms (Educause)
- Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law (ProPublica)
- How Youth Navigate the News Landscape (Knight Foundation)
An interesting episode on surveillance capitalism and redlining.
I’m a bit surprised to find that I’ve been blocked by Chris Gilliard (@hypervisible) on Twitter. I hope I haven’t done or said anything in particular to have offended him. More likely I may have been put on a block list to which he’s subscribed?? Just not sure. I’ll have to follow him from another account as I’m really interested in his research particularly as it applies to fixing these areas within the edtech space and applications using IndieWeb principles. I think this may be the first instance that I’ve gone to someone’s account to notice that I’ve been blocked.
Mike Caulfield, head of the Digital Polarization Initiative at the American Democracy Project and director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, joins us today to talk about engaging students in media literacy. He recently published the open Creative Commons licensed textbook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.”
- Refactoring media literacy for the networked age (Nieman Lab)
- Digital Polarization Project
- Hapgood (Mike’s blog)
- Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers (Mike’s book)
Hapgood is such a fantastic blog that while scrolling through the back catalog of Media and the End of the World episodes to see what might be interesting, I naturally put this one at the top of the list. I’m definitely not sorry. Caulfield’s work always gives me some hope that we can fix things in a broken world.
Ralph chats with Tania Rashid, a freelance journalist in South Asia. I’ve produced and hosted for Al Jazeera English, CNN International, and Vice News.
I love Rashid’s take on modern journalism, particularly getting rid of words like “fixer”. There’s an excellent reminder here that I need to broaden some of my news consumption to take a more international approach. I loved that they asked her the question about what sources she reads/watches/listens to.
Ralph chats with Paula Thomson, who recently spoke at OU for a Presidential Dream Course titled Women in Media Leadership.
Paula Thomson has worked with the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust in South Africa for over 16 years managing the center’s Economic Empowerment project Woza Moya. This project aims to uplift and upskill patients and community members who are impacted by HIV/AIDS to earn an income. Woza Moya works with over 1,500 crafters assisting each crafter with design, product development and access to market.
Woza Moya has won numerous awards: The most beautiful object in South Africa – The dreams for Africa Chair, The Impumemelelo Social innovation award and the 2017 Exporter of the year in the creative category.
Woza Moya is a center of creative development and has taken on inclusive commissions of large scale beaded projects, our claim to fame is the largest beaded love letter that was commissioned by the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban in 2010. The biggest beaded billboard commissioned by Toyota in 2018 and the Dreams for Africa chair that travelled the world collecting dreams.
Paula Thomson was born in Durban South Africa, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a H.D.E. Teaching diploma. She taught Art to high school students for 10 years before leaving to take up the post Woza Moya Craft manager. She recently won the Woman in Business Social Entrepreneur Award.
Adam returns from a NSF-funded workshop on makerspaces. Adam and Ralph also discuss the recent sad news of Alex Trebek.
I love their conversations together. I love Ralph’s view on media and find that it seems like we have similar takes (though his is obviously more academic than mine) and are consuming a lot of the same sources including quirky ones that include the history of photos of dead people.
Adam and Ralph discuss Ralph’s recent trip to a Pop Culture conference. We also discuss screen time for kids, guilty pleasure television, and automated delivery.
- Beyond screen time: Encourage families to think critically about media (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Two Towns of Jasper (Vimeo)
At the top of the show Adam mentions wanting to ask the question of his students “What are you subscribed to?” as a means of getting to know them and their viewpoints on the world. I find this an interesting question in general, but I suspect many people would fib about what they’re actually watching and listening to. Media is an externally important thing in expressing one’s identity that way. It makes me wonder how much “faux” signaling people are doing when they talk about the media that they consume?
I’m sure they don’t, as very few people do, but I’m curious what Adam and Ralph’s watch and listen posts would look like on an expanded version of social media. I think it would be an interesting supplement to their podcast if they did. I do wish more people would keep feeds of these things for better discovery the way I do: watch posts, listen posts.
Ralph Beliveau discusses a trip to a pop culture conference, which sounds like a fun thing to do, it also makes me think that this sort of area (and perhaps podcast) in which Kimberly Hirsh would have some interest.
There was also a mention of the show John from Cincinnati as being an exemplar of the surf noir genre. I’ll have to take a look at it. It also reminds me that I need to go back and finish reading Kem Nunn’s Tapping the Source. I wonder if there are exemplars of this genre that precede this?
We ought to see this moment—that of the end of the world as we know it, in which the Internet assumes its place in a new informational order—as one in which environment and anti-environment are colliding.
– Gordon Gow, Marshall McLuhan and the End of the World as We Know It
Media and the End of the World is a podcast filled with news on news and media on media. Hosted by Adam Croom and Ralph Beliveau, faculty in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.