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    Media Studies 1932: Nancy Cunard in the Archive of Claude McKay
    Braddock, Jeremy (Modernism/modernity, 2018-05-30)
    This essay examines the 1931-1933 correspondence of Claude McKay and Nancy Cunard, apparently the only surviving set of letters that document the composition of Cunard's Negro anthology (1934). The few scholars who have read the letters tend to emphasize the vehement dispute that terminates it. I am concerned instead to account for the nature of McKay's interest in and enthusiasm for Cunard's project, which occupies the great majority of his letters. This is strikingly emblematized by the small archive of international press clippings about Cunard and the making of the anthology, which McKay was able to compile in Morocco, and then send to Cunard in New York and London. The clippings are evidence of the changing technological conditions during these years (the expansion and consolidation of wire services for instance), which distributed modernist and political culture on an increasingly global scale, enabling transnational affiliation as well as transnational surveillance. Each of those transnationalisms is discernible in McKay's reading of the international press coverage of Cunard. McKay, I argue, was interested in Cunard as a media phenomenon, and in her attempt to translate her iconic celebrity into a political force; his understanding of the representational game that had evolved around Cunard is confirmed by his proposal to contribute to her mythography with his contribution to the Negro anthology.
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    How to Be in Two Places at Once: Listening to the Firesign Theatre in the U.S. and Vietnam
    Braddock, Jeremy (The Organist / KCRW and McSweeney's, 2017-12-14)
    A podcast that discusses the distinctive way the recordings of the Firesign Theatre were listened to collectively, in the United States and Vietnam, during the years of their Columbia recording contract, 1967-75. Features interviews with David Ossman, Roger Steffens, John Koethe, Fred Muratori, and Glen Banks. Short discussion of the fandom of the poet John Ashbery.
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    The Firesign Theatre's Wax Poetics: Overdub, Dissonance, and Narrative in the Age of Nixon
    Braddock, Jeremy (Sounding Out!, 2017-11-27)
    A short article on how the Firesign Theater, during the period of their contract with Columbia Records (1967-75), pioneered a new form of sound-based literary writing using the emerging technologies of multitrack recording, from within the heart of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Argues that, compared to the terms Neil Verma coins to describe radio work of the 1940s — e.g. Norman Corwin's kaleidosonic style — the Firesign Theatre used the multitrack system to devise non-Euclidian "analytic space" within their narratives. This new technique was devised in order to represent the new saturation of media, and its intimate relation to the Vietnam War.
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    Three professors discuss the role of new media literacies
    Carlacio, Jami (2009-01-05T17:07:50Z)
    Three professors -- Cynthia Selfe, Scott Lloyd Dewitt, and Jami Carlacio -- are interviewed, discussing the importance of integrating new media technologies into the college classroom.
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    Teaching Assistants at OSU and Digital Media
    Carlacio, Jami (2009-01-05T17:02:14Z)
    This video features interviews with TAs at Ohio State U discussing how they integrate new media technologies into their first-year writing courses
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    Students and Digital Literacy
    Carlacio, Jami (2009-01-05T16:43:56Z)
    undergraduates discuss their use of new media technologies