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06 September 2012 @ 12:09 am
But I don't want to study video games  
PreS - Oh geez, it totes slipped my mind that I've been missing TV that I do actually like.  I can stay up watching Grim and W13 XP

Until classes really start and I settle in, there is actually very little fandom in my life.  Er.

But here's the thing.  5 or 6 years ago, I took the first Video Game course they offered, because I'm happy to sample anything.  Now? A third of the classes are video game related, and the new faculty are leaning that way.  I mean, I have been working on studying Landcomms through a "video game" framework, which is cool, tons of work and language and theories to use and toy with, and it subverts expectation, but that's only good if I can get an independent study with someone in the field.  The classes are too literal and there are too many hardcore gamers who have a bit of trouble with objectivity.

So here I be, trolling profs and cold-emailing.  As of now, I have two friendly professors who aren't on campus this fall, but both of whom are interested in working with me in the spring or summer.  When I will have graduated.  I'm thinking of getting a room over the summer to work on a couple projects.  Not as a UROP, but if they want me, they can hire me, and it might be swingable to pay me.  Or not.  But one guy is a linguistic anthropologist (who's studied the closed community of magicians) which is a little bit perfect.  At this point I desperately need to do research in THIS field (I have plenty of research experience in Linguistics) to give me an edge applying for Masters or Graduate programs.  And because I'm punchy and want to start doing something for real.

By and by, if anyone is interested in media and entertaiment from all angles, Futures of Entertainment 6 is happening Nov 9 and 10.  
It's special because they simulcast as it happens, and podcasts and transcripts are available pretty quickly and then forever.  Last time I went, we trended on twitter, everyone was sharing snippets as it went.  (I also have an air mattress if anyone has the urge to physically attend ;) )


jill: the voyeur of utter destruction as beauty: heather donahue / focused on the wordscabaretlights on September 6th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
I can't remember if I've asked you this before, but what school are you going to and what's your degree in? The faculty sounds really interesting.

So nice to see your posts again, btw! :D
atatteredroseatatteredrose on September 6th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm at MIT, currently not in the CMS department. But they say they'll give me that major back when I fill out forms to call it a double, rather than second, major. :<


It's kind of wicked, and pretty much everything is podcasted out, and/or research conducted in the open. It's highly interdisciplinary, so we get the extraordinary diversity. Since pretty much every other discipline can fit in somewhere, from comp sci to independent filmmakers to historians. XP