GMTaC Blog

38 posts

GMTaC blog posts are written by student and faculty lab affiliates and explore various topics related to research projects, events, and workshops.

Netflix, Hulu, Data, Oh My

Published on August 3rd, 2018A blog post by Graduate RA student Annis R. Sands.  With the stiff competition for eyeballs in the subscription video on demand (SVOD) landscape, it was a little surprising to learn that two of Amazon’s chief SVOD rivals, Netflix and Hulu, used Amazon Web Services (AWS).  […]

Amazon: The Ever Expanding Data Feast

Published on August 3rd, 2018A blog post by Graduate RA student Annis R. Sands.  On May 9th, 2018, I co-presented research on the historical emergence of Amazon.com with Vicky Zeamer, a fellow MIT graduate student and Research Assistant in the Global Media Technologies and Cultures (GMTaC).  We presented these preliminary […]

Student Reflection on the Media, Refugees, & ICTs Workshop

Published on May 22nd, 2018Written by Annis R. Sands, Graduate Research Assistant in the GMTaC Lab In February 2018, I participated in the Media, Refugees, and ICTs workshop hosted by the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab. Prior to the workshop, I had very little knowledge about public policy on […]

Black Panther, a film about or of Africa?

Published on May 11th, 2018Written by Basil N. Hamusokwe, Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zambia, Lusaka Black Panther is one Hollywood movie that Africa will celebrate for many years to come. Media reports indicate that moviegoers throughout the […]

Panther Leaps in STS

Published on May 4th, 2018Written by Ángel R. Rodríguez* In my opinion, Black Panther and the cultural invention of Vibranium is the imperfect exposure to the perfect leap-frog narrative from Africa. But, I would also like to think here about Africa in its totality, and prefer a different animal because […]

Day 1: Workshop on Refugees, Media, and ICTs

Published on March 13th, 2018The GMTaC Lab kicked off a two-day workshop on Refugees, Media, and ICTs on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 21. The purpose of the workshop was to bring a small group of researchers together to present work-in-progress or recently published articles related to refugees, media, and […]

Studying Emerging Satellite Internet Companies

Published on November 20th, 2017We look at the research work of Graduate RA student, Matt Graydon. In 1990, a company called Teledesic launched with the ambitious goal of providing global high-speed internet access through a constellation of nearly 300 satellites in low earth orbit. With its promise of a worldwide […]