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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 […]

Transnational Media in Tanzania & the Caribbean

Published on November 15th, 2017We look at the research work of Graduate RA student, Annis R. Sands. During my first semester as a Research Assistant with the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab I conducted secondary research on Tanzanian media culture in connection with a lab project. Using MIT’s Library […]

In the Field: Food-Related Media and Innovation in Basque Country, Spain

Published on November 9th, 2017We look at the thesis work of Graduate RA student, Vicky Zeamer. I am exploring the interplay between ICTs and fine dining in the US & Europe. In particular, I am looking at how ICTs mediate creators (chefs) and consumers/also media producers (diners) relationship with food. […]

Neglected Public Property: The Study of Media Infrastructures

Published on October 20th, 2017 Lisa Parks, Professor in MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Posted by Elise Chen / in news / Published October 20, 2017 The concept of drone warfare frequently conjures images of video game-like interfaces, where desensitized soldiers sit at a desk moving a joystick, searching for their target from a far away […]