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    • Advertising in computer games 

      Vedrashko, Ilya (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
      This paper suggests advertisers should experiment with in-game advertising to gain skills that could become vital in the near future. It compiles, arranges and analyzes the existing body of academic and industry knowledge ...
    • Agent + Image : how the television image estabilizes identity in TV spy series 

      Bidlingmeyer, Lisa Marie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This thesis explores the intersection of the television image with the presentation of self-identity. I examine two TV series in the spy genre -- Alias (2001 - 2006) and The Prisoner (1967 - 1968) -- discussing how each ...
    • AI-generated literature and the vectorized Word 

      Heflin, Judy(Judy Ann) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020)
      This thesis focuses on contemporary AI-generated literature that has been traditionally published in the form of a printed book, labeled and interpreted as something written by "artificial intelligence," and that necessarily ...
    • The allure of choice : agency and worldbuilding in branching-path, transmedia universes 

      Higgins, Evan (Evan Lee) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      Agency is often taken as a given in branching-path stories because they, almost by definition, allow for enhanced user involvement. But this truism hasn't changed as the structure of the worlds that these branching texts ...
    • The Angelman Approach : hacking DNA to treat a rare disease 

      Levy, Brandon A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017)
      One of every hundred children is born with a disease caused by a single abnormal gene. In the case of Angelman Syndrome, the genetic defect leaves patients mentally disabled, largely or completely unable to speak, and prone ...
    • Answering machine, auto-tune, spectrograph : queer vocality through sonic technology 

      Kilburn, Lilia Maud (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      In academic and activist contexts, "voice" has long served as shorthand for inclusion, empowerment, and the like, occasioning bromides about having or not having a voice, giving voice to the voiceless, breaking the silence, ...
    • Anthropology of nostalgia : primitivism and the antimodern vision in the American Southwest, 1880-1930 

      York, Christopher W. (Christopher Warren), 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      Introduction: Zoo, garden, arcade--three places emblematic of European society's pleasure in and subjugation of animal and plant nature, of the texture of civilized life in a world created by Industry and Progress. This ...
    • .art : situating Internet art in the traditional institution for contemporary art 

      Verschooren, Karen A. (Karen Annemie) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      This thesis provides a critical analysis of the relation between Internet art and the traditional institution for contemporary art in the North American and West-European regions. Thirteen years after its inception as an ...
    • As the world turns in a convergence culture 

      Ford, Samuel Earl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      The American daytime serial drama is among the oldest television genres and remains a vital part of the television lineup for ABC and CBS as what this thesis calls an immersive story world. However, many within the television ...
    • Asbestos, USA : a little town once thrived as the asbestos capital of the world - now it grapples with the waste that was left behind 

      Vitale, Gina(Gina Carmela) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019)
      Ambler, Pennsylvania, a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, was formerly known as the asbestos capital of the world. After production ceased, large amounts of waste were left behind. Once portion of that waste, now ...
    • Audience research for fun and profit : rediscovering the value of television audiences 

      Seles, Sheila Murphy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      The American television industry is in a moment of transition because of changes brought about by digital distribution and audience fragmentation. This thesis argues that the television industry can no longer adapt to the ...
    • The beast within : measuring the minds of zoo animals 

      Duke, Julia Jane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      Though zoos have come far from their early days of concrete boxes in caring for their residents' physical health, zoo animals' mental health-the feelings and thoughts beneath the furry and scaly exteriors-has only recently ...
    • Better the data you know : developing youth data literacy in schools and informal learning environments 

      Deahl, Erica (Erica Sachiyo) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014)
      We live in an era of unprecedented growth in the use and impact of data. While large institutions are using data about individuals to drive decision-making, small organizations and civic hackers are using open and public ...
    • The book as looking glass : improving works for and about children in early modern England 

      Miller, Heather, 1971 Sept. 14- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
      This text explores three developments pertaining to children and reading in seventeenth-century England. The author aims to show how profoundly death was implicated in the development of thought about children's reading ...
    • A brief history of re-performance 

      Seaver, Nicholas Patrick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      Discussions of music reproduction technology have generally focused on what Jonathan Sterne calls "tympanic" reproduction: the recording and playback of sounds through microphones and speakers. While tympanic reproduction ...
    • The business of broadband and the public interest : media policy for the network society 

      Schultze, Stephen James (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
      Media policy in the United States has, since its inception, been governed by the principle that infrastructure providers should serve "the public interest." The Federal Communications Commission has traditionally been ...
    • Byte-sized TV : writing the web series 

      Edgerton, Katherine (Katherine Carter) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Web series or "webisodes" are a transitional storytelling form bridging the production practices of broadcast television and Internet video. Shorter than most television episodes and distributed on online platforms like ...
    • Can this burger save the planet? : synthetic beef and the dream of an American animal-free diet 

      Junger, Ashley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      Sustainable food movements are focused on reducing meat consumption for one simple reason: meat is extremely environmentally costly. This enormous resource use by one industry makes it an appealing target for those looking ...
    • A ceaseless becoming : narratives of adolescence across media 

      Grigsby, Neal A. (Neal Alan) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
      Thesis explores the broad appeal of narratives with adolescent protagonists across a variety of media, including literature, film, and video games. An analysis of key texts within their historical contexts reveals affinities ...
    • Champagne for the Blind : Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius 

      Rutkin, Aviva Hope; Bach-y-Rita, Paul, 1934- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
      Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a visionary neuroscientist and an early pioneer of the theory of neuroplasticity. He is the father of sensory substitution, a field which explores how one sensory modality can be transferred to ...