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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 24, 2008.

I came to the Gender and Fan Studies/Culture dialogue on LiveJournal and Henry Jenkins' blog from both ends of the producer/consumer scholarship binaries often posed in the discussion. On the one hand, I work for a group called the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium, which converses with media corporations to look at the intersection between media producers and audiences. On the other, my primary areas of research interest have come from studying the ways in which fans reappropriate media texts in their own performances and discussions, often in ways that run counter to the interests, or at least irrelevant of the interests, of bottom-line driven corporate endeavors.


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 22, 2008.

 As many of you may have read in this post here on the blog earlier in the month, I'm teaching a course this semester on the history and current state of the U.S. soap opera genre, using As the World Turns as a case study. As I continue research on that field, and particularly how one of television's oldest genres may transform itself in interesting ways in a digital age, I'm always interested in hearing of new initiatives being launched.


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 9, 2008. 

This year at the PCA/ACA conference, I presented work that originated from my Master's thesis project, which you can find more about here and here on the subject.


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 9, 2008.  

One project that really caught my eye at this years soap opera area at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national conference in San Francisco was from Marsha Ducey at the State University of New York--Buffalo, whose project was entitled "As the World Turns: 'Indecency' in American Soap Operas."


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 9, 2008.

 The soap opera area at the national joint conference for the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in San Francisco this year was my main reason for attending. Since I did my thesis work on soaps and am currently co-editing an anthology on the current state of the U.S. soap opera (see more on my soaps projects here), I find it rewarding to go to a conference where I can talk with others who are working on soaps in particular.


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on April 2, 2008.

This semester at MIT, I'm teaching a course on the history of U.S. soap operas, based on the work I've published here on the blog over the past couple of years, my Master's thesis project, etc. The class includes a few MIT undergraduates and a Harvard undergraduate, as we look at the history of and contemporary state of the U.S. soap opera through reading and discussing the history of soap opera scholarship and soaps.


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Sam Ford

This post originally appeared on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog on March 21, 2008. 

For a couple of weeks now, I've been planning to include some notes here on the Consortium's blog about a few of the sessions I had the opportunity to attend at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. The event was a great opportunity to see many friends and colleagues, and it gave me a chance to learn more about the current state of a variety of research projects, as well as hear about some new projects and meet some interesting new faces as well. In the following series of posts over the next few days, I wanted to transform some of my random notes about the conference into a recap of sorts.


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Sam Ford

I originally posted this piece on Feb. 24, 2008, on the .MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog.

 


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Sam Ford

This piece was originally published  as part of an entry on February 10, 2008, on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog.

 


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Sam Ford

This piece was originally published  as part of an entry on February 09, 2008, on the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Weblog.

Last April, I wrote about the intriguing deal NBC struck with DirecTV to move its soap opera Passions over to the satellite provider as exclusive content, after the network had decided to cut the soap opera from its daytime schedule to make room for another hour of The Today Show.


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Days of our Lives' Blake Berris on Meth Head

Blake Berris of Days of our Lives in a movie? You bet. The talented actor not only lights up the screen on Days as the twisted character of Nick Fallon that he so eloquently plays, but now he co-stars in "Meth Head" an independent feature film that was just screened in Washington, DC.  -- to rave reviews.

"Yes! I just came back from the screening. I'm still in Washington and I was thrilled to read the reviews in the papers," Berris said. "This film is something I really wanted to do."

Berris plays Dustin, a character who befriends Kyle, the lead character, played by Lukas Hass ("Lincoln", "Inception", " Brick"), and let's just say he leads him down the pathway of life to hell.

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