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    • Understanding meaningfulness in videogames 

      Weise, Matthew Jason (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      This thesis explores "meaningfulness" in videogames. Academics, journalists, and others who write about games often discuss the concept of meaning yet seldom define it clearly. I am focusing on a variation of this topic: ...
    • Unschooling media : participatory practices among progressive homeschoolers 

      Bertozzi, Vanessa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      Introduction: Rehoboth, the name of my hometown in southern Massachusetts, comes from the Hebrew work for "crossroads." Indeed there's not much in this rural town besides Route 44 and Route 118, with smatterings of horse ...
    • User-generated censorship : manipulating the maps of social media 

      Peterson, Christopher E., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      The last decade has seen the rise of new technologies for making information more broadly available and accessible. Variously called 'user-generated content,' 'social media,''social news,' 'crowd-curation,' and so on, these ...
    • We are like this only : Desis and Hindi films in the Diaspora 

      Punathambekar, Aswin, 1977- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
      Set in Boston, U.S.A, the overarching goal of this thesis is to develop a theoretical framework and a set of analytical tools that might help us understand how Hindi films are watched in the Indian- American diaspora and ...
    • Web of words : poetry, fandom and globality 

      Gopalakrishnan, Amulya (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      This study explores questions of media change, negotiation of literary value and postcolonial hybridity through a study of The Wondering Minstrels, a largely South-Asian community on the Web dedicated to the celebration ...
    • When all you have is a banhammer : the social and communicative work of Volunteer moderators 

      Lo, Claudia (Claudia Wai Yu) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      The popular understanding of moderation online is that moderation is inherently reactive, where moderators see and then react to content generated by users, typically by removing it; in order to understand the work already ...
    • When to start freaking out : audience engagement on social media during disease outbreaks 

      Dave, Aashka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      As the media landscape in the United States has shifted and changed, the emphasis placed on digital technologies - particularly with respect to audience engagement - has become increasingly noteworthy. However, when situated ...
    • The world in the network: the Interop trade show, Carl Malamud's Internet 1996 Exposition, and the politics of internet commercialization 

      Kaman, Colleen E (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      In the early 1990s, the Internet emerged as a commercially viable global communications medium. This study considers the role that representatives of the military-industrial research world played in the physical expansion ...
    • You smell : the mysterious science of scent 

      Becker, Rachel A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015)
      The sense of smell is a mystery-and the human sense of smell is a particularly inscrutable one. Only in the last 25 years have scientists identified the molecules in our noses responsible for detecting odors, and since ...
    • Your brain on 9 volts : the specter and hype of electrical brain stimulation 

      Phares, Madeleine Margaux (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      The potential of electricity to improve the brain has captivated many. Electrical gadgets attract the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated, the scientist and the charlatan. Over hundreds of years, people have ...
    • Zeki Müren, a prince from outer space : reading Turkey's gender-bending pop legend as a transmedia star 

      Boyacioğlu, Beyza (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      Zeki Müren is Turkey's beloved queer pop star whose career spans a period between his first radio emission in 1951 and his death during a live television program in 1996. He is a pioneer of 'Turkish Art Music', a trailblazer ...