I have neglected this blog over the last year or so in favor of book projects.
Admittedly, those have been important works, at least to me – a new edition of The Sitcom Reader, a new edition of The Hollywood Curriculum, a new edited volume Screen Lessons, and three titles of edited student essays continuing the Critical Media Studies series on Deadwood, Contemporary Sitcoms, and Education and Popular Culture. Whew!
Still, I do wish I had been able to juggle better.
This represents a recommitment to Mary Dalton on Media. The problem, it seems, has been partly one of scope and scale in addition to the demands of the book projects. In this period of peak TV and multiple platforms for movies, I simply can’t keep up.
So, along with this “reset” of the blog comes a reconceptualization.
Instead of being paralyzed by the amount of work in front of me, I’ll write about the texts and experiences that move me most, stick with me over time, or happen at a point when I have an extra pocket of time to reflect.
To get us started again, I have two posts based on ideas that have been swirling in my head for quite a while (coming soon). If you have questions or ideas or things you would like for me to write about, email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.