Today we heard final thesis presentations from the 2010 masters students in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program.
I’ve taught in CMS, which has an undergraduate and masters program, since I came to MIT three years ago. It’s a diverse program that has included digital media research and has brought contemporary computational work, among other types of media production and reception, into juxtaposition and under consideration. Here are the titles of this semester’s masters presentations:
- M. Flourish Klink: “Laugh Out Loud in Real Life: Twilight, Women’s Humor, and Fan Identity”
- Sheila Seles: “Audience Research for Fun and Profit: Rediscovering the value of television audiences”
- Florence Gallez: “Open Park Online News Production: A Proposal for a Code of Ethics for Collaborative Journalism in the Digital Age”
- Audubon Dougherty: “New Medium, New Practice: Civic production in live-streaming mobile video”
- Nick Seaver: “A Brief History of Re-performance”
- Madeleine Elish: “The Evolution of the Companion Species: Creating Realms of Possibility for the Personal Computer”
- Jason Begy “Interpreting Abstract Games: The Metaphorical Potential of Formal Game Elements”
- Elliot Pinkus: “The Physicality of Floating Numbers”
- Hillary Kolos: “Not in it just to win it: Inclusive gaming in an MIT dorm”
- Michelle Moon Lee: “Designing Game Ethics: A Pervasive Game Adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo”
I’m not advising any CMS masters students this year, but this program does allow for research into my area of interest (computational art and media) and should accommodate more research in these areas in the future. (The program has had some great thesis on computational media in the past, too: Brett Camper’s work on the Game Boy Advance homebrew programming community is an example.) In 2010-2011, because the program is in transition to new co-directors, we won’t have any graduate students around, but we will be running admissions for a class of masters students that will join us in 2011. If you’re interested in working with me or my colleagues here at MIT on a masters degree, let me know.