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  Number 64, Fall 2009

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From: The Velvet Light Trap

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Failures, Flops, and False Starts


pp. 1-2

Claiming the Found: Archive Footage and Documentary Practice

pp. 3-10

Hollywood Party, Jimmy Durante, and the Cultural Politics of Coherence

pp. 11-22

A Virtual Failure: Evaluating the Success of Nintendo's Virtual Boy

pp. 23-33

Convergent Consortia: Format Battles in High Definition

pp. 34-49

StarCraft Fan Craft: Game Mods, Ownership, and Totally Incomplete Conversions

pp. 50-63

Public Service Broadcasting and the Failure of Political Representation

pp. 64-75

Dossier: Perspectives on Failure

p. 76

Aesthetics and Style

The Aesthetics of Failure

pp. 76-77

The Return of Jezebel James

pp. 77-78

Dissolved Away

p. 79


pp. 79-81

Fuller's Most Fascinating Flop: Park Row

pp. 81-82

The Bionic Woman 2.0

pp. 82-83


The Cat Telephone

pp. 83-84

The Story of 50mm Film

pp. 84-86

Nitrate's Still Waiting

pp. 86-87

Plug and Play: Performances of Risk and Failure in Digital Media Presentations

pp. 87-89

Social and Political Representation

What We Can Learn from King

pp. 89-90

The So-Called Fall of Blaxploitation

pp. 90-91

Falling Women: Hollywood and Its Chick Flick Audience

pp. 91-92

Methods/ Assumptions of Media Studies

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. Analog in the Land of the Pixels

pp. 92-94

Vagaries of a Concept: The Culture Industry

pp. 94-95

Of Prepositions: Lost and Found

pp. 95-98

From Failure: On Prepositions and History

pp. 98-99

Nine Theses on the Failures and False Start of Filmic Ontology

pp. 100-101

Notes on the Emergence of Failure Studies

pp. 101-102

Seven Reasons Why I Love Submarine Movies

pp. 102-103

One Reservation

p. 103

A Skip in the Record of Media Studies: Why the Failure to Better Understand Popular Music as Media Matters So Much Today

pp. 103-105

Industry and Business

Economic Externalities: Looking beyond Box-Office Revenues

pp. 105-106

Interactive TV Too Early: The False Start of QUBE

pp. 106-107

Franchise Failures

pp. 107-109

Research Areas


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