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    • Health equity rituals : a case for the ritual view of communication in an era of precision medicine 

      Mendez, Samuel R. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      This thesis explores the meaning and implications of a ritual view of communication in the field of public health. This thesis uses the budding field of precision medicine to frame arguments and discoveries, referring back ...
    • Heike, Jike, Chuangke : creativity in Chinese technology community 

      Wang, Yu, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      This thesis surveys creativity in Chinese technology communities and its implication in China's development mode shift from "Made in China" to "Created in China." It discussed the history of creativity in China and how ...
    • The hidden activism : media practices and the media opportunity in Chinese politics of resistance 

      Sun, Huan, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      My thesis discusses the hidden and non-adversarial nature of resistance in authoritarian countries through the perspectives of media practices and media opportunity structure. To understand the art of resistance in ...
    • High-interactivity radio : using the Internet to enhance community among radio listeners 

      Easton, Joellen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      (cont.) This thesis examines the evidence of community among listeners to three radio programs, who gather online to discuss radio programming in blogs, message boards and discussion forums provided by those programs. The ...
    • Homebrew and the social construction of gaming : community, creativity, and legal context of amateur Game Boy Advance development 

      Camper, Brett Bennett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      This thesis challenges the common social construction of game development, which perceives the activity only within its commercial, corporate realm. As an exemplar of the many thriving amateur development communities, the ...
    • Hybrid cinematics : rethinking the role of filmmakers of color in American cinema 

      Daniels, Tracy K. (Tracy Kim) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis explores the practices of filmmakers of color in the United States who employ strategies to circumvent industrial, financial and cultural barriers to production and distribution. To overcome these barriers, ...
    • Imaginaries of the Asian modern 

      Lé, Lan Xuân (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      In an age of globalization, texts increasingly migrate not only out of their native medium, but their native countries as well. Within the East Asian region, a booming television program trade circulates television texts, ...
    • Incomplete sentences : exploitation and empowerment in American incarceration media 

      Thompson, Rachel Paige. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Nearly 7 million individuals are currently under correctional supervision in America, with around 2.3 million confined in county, state, federal, and private correctional facilities. For those who are not currently and ...
    • Indian comics as public culture 

      Das, Abhimnanyu, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      The Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) series of comic books have, since 1967, dominated the market for domestic comic books in India. In this thesis, I examine how these comics function as public culture, creating a platform around ...
    • Information visualization as creative nonfiction 

      Zhang, Jia, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Information visualizations are an important means through which we communicate knowledge. By considering visualizations as data-driven narratives, this thesis uses narrative thinking as an orienting concept to support the ...
    • Information visualization for the people 

      Danziger, Michael (Michael J.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      The design of information visualization, defined as the interactive, graphical presentation of data, is on the verge of a significant paradigm shift brought on by the continued maturation of the Information Age. Its ...
    • Interactive data narrative : designing for public engagement 

      Craig, Heather (Heather Hult) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Interactive data narrative, or the crafting of interactive online stories based upon new or existing data, has grown dramatically over the last several years. Data is increasingly available through such mechanisms as ...
    • Internet killed the Michelin star : the motives of narrative and style in food text creation on social media 

      Zeamer, Victoria Jean (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Digital representations of food (food texts) have become mainstream content on social media sites and digital streaming sites. While they accomplish some similar goals to their analog counterparts (e.g. in-print cookbooks), ...
    • Interpreting abstract games : the metaphorical potential of formal game elements 

      Begy, Jason Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      As cultural artifacts, abstract games offer unique challenges to critical interpretation. This is largely due to the fact that such games lack a fictional element: there are no characters, no settings, and no narratives ...
    • Intimate worlds : reading for intimate affects in contemporary video games 

      Doyle-Myerscough, Kaelan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      When we think of pleasures to be found in video games, we often talk about power, control, agency, and fun. But to center these pleasures is to privilege certain stories, players, actions and possibility spaces. This thesis ...
    • Journey to the East : the re(make) of Chinese animation 

      Huang, He, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This thesis attempts to look at how Chinese animation cinema has evolved over the years and how the Chinese nation is being constructed and contested through animation filmic texts and animation filmmaking practices as ...
    • Just say no to 'just say no' : tensions in organizational approaches to youth and online privacy in the Americas 

      Garcia-Montes, Mariel. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This thesis examines organizational practices in the field of youth online privacy in the Americas. I describe harms created by protective, universalist, individualistic approaches that pose youth as conditional citizens, ...
    • Knock-offs, fakes, replicas, and reals : a cultural supply chain of counterfeit fashion 

      Swartz, Deja Elana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      This thesis attempts to uncover the emotional and cultural economics of material culture. What does it mean for material good to be "fake"? What are the salient aspects that are being copied and are those aspects purely ...
    • Last night a DJ queered my life : disrupting the mythologies of a popular media practice 

      DJ Rekha. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      DJing is an important cultural practice that emerged in the United States in the 1970s. The development of its craft, techniques, and technologies over the past five decades has made DJing into a formidable performed ...
    • Laugh out loud in real life : women's humor and fan identity 

      Klink, Madeline LeNore (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      The emerging field of fan studies has, until recently, been defined only by the research that has taken place within it. Almost universally, this research focuses on self-identified fans. However, scholars are beginning ...