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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Life after hate : recovering from racism 

      Couch, Christina (Christina Stewart) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Life After Hate is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping white supremacists transition out of the extremist lifestyle and to helping those outside the supremacist community understand how these groups work. Founded ...
    • Listening in code : process and politics in interactive musical works 

      Stuhl, Andy Kelleher (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      As everyday musical experiences move further into software platforms, an interest among musicians in taking fuller advantage of computational media produces a strand of interactive, software-based musical works I call open ...
    • Living in the shadow of Mauna Loa 

      Hirji, Zahra R. (Zahra Rafik) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      One of Hawaii's most dangerous natural hazards is sitting in plain sight: Mauna Loa volcano. The mighty mountain makes up more than fifty percent of the island and is the largest volcano on Earth. Since 1843, when people ...
    • The mascot and the refugee : survival strategies for the new urban jungle 

      Giaimo, Cara J (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      As humans rebuild the world to suit our needs, many of our fellow creatures simply get out of the way-but others try their luck alongside us. Austin, Texas is home to two notable urban wildlife populations. In the early ...
    • Mask and closet ; or, "Under the Hood" : metaphors and representations of homosexuality in American superhero comics after 1985 

      Mandel, Susannah (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      An examination of the changing representation of male homosexuality in American superhero comics between the years 1986 and 2003. The thesis gives some theoretical attention to problems of epistemology, and the uses of ...
    • Mastery and the mobile future of massively multiplayer games 

      Roy, Daniel, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      What game design opportunities do we create when we extend massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) to cell phones? MMOs allow us to create representations of our own increasing mastery, and mobile gives us better access ...
    • Maximum containment : the most controversial labs in the world 

      Bruzek, Alison K. (Allison Kim) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      In 2002, following the September 11th attacks and the anthrax letters, the United States allocated money to build two maximum containment biology labs. Called Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) facilities, these labs were built to ...
    • Media of Mass Destruction : how fake news is killing Italy's olive trees 

      Guglielmi, Giorgia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      In 2013, the plant pathogen Xylellafastidiosa was found in Salento, Italy's most southeastern region, famous for its centuries-old olive trees. Spread by insects, the bacterium is decimating those trees and compromising ...
    • The medium is the medium : the convergence of video, art and television at WGBH (1969) 

      Nadeau, James A. (James Andrew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      On March 23rd 1969 Boston's public television station WGBH broadcast a program titled The Medium is the Medium. The program was a half-hour long compilation of short videos by six artists. The six pieces ranged from ...
    • Melvin Calvin : Nobel-Winning chemist and SETI scientist wannabe 

      Temming, Maria C (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Melvin Calvin spent more than a decade answering one longstanding question in biochemistry: how did plants use carbon dioxide to manufacture carbohydrates in photosynthesis? This research earned Calvin a Nobel Prize-an ...
    • The missing links : an archaeology of digital journalism 

      Andrew, Liam Phalen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      As the pace of publishing and the volume of content rapidly increase on the web, citizen journalism and data journalism have threatened the traditional role of institutional newsmaking. Legacy publishers, as well as ...
    • Moving fiction : novelists, technology designers, and the art of the exchange 

      Epstein, Michael, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      How can concepts from literature and technology design combine to create new forms of storytelling on mobile devices? This paper examines the theory and practice of bringing literary techniques into mobile technology design. ...
    • Museum making : creating with new technologies in art museums 

      Gonzalez, Desi (Desiree Marie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      Hackathons, maker spaces, R&D labs: these terms are common to the world of technology, but have only recently seeped into museums. The last few years have witnessed a wave of art museum initiatives that invite audiences-from ...
    • My pins are my dreams : Pinterest, collective daydreams, and the aspirational gap 

      Zhong, Lingyuxiu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      In the early twentieth century, the emergence of national market and maturation of color printing technologies brought a revolution in advertising. Consumers received and collected many colorful advertising images and ...
    • Narrative as an aid for the doctor-patient relationship in China 

      Tong, Yao, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      In recent years, the incidence of violence against Chinese doctors has increased dramatically, with the scale, frequency and viciousness of attacks shocking the world. The challenging doctor-patient relationship remains a ...
    • Neon signs, underground tunnels and Chinese American identity : the many dimension of visual Chinatown 

      Lui, Debora A. (Debora Ann-Ling) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      What is Chinatown? Is it an imaginary construct, a real location, or a community? Is it an ethnic enclave only available to insiders, or a fabricated environment designed specifically for tourists? This thesis attempts to ...
    • Network design : a theory of scale for ubiquitous computing 

      Lipshin, Jason Martin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Ubiquitous computing (aka "ubicomp") describes the process of embedding computation into everyday things. From smart toasters and smart shoes to smart toys and smart buildings, ubicomp describes user experiences which are ...