I am a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo who is writing a dissertation about pornographic comics. This blog is for updates about my research as I progress though the PhD.
Emma has written 6 posts for New Media Genres

The Woes of Point and Shoot Photography

Day 1 – Wednesday: I located my point and shoot camera in a neglected corner of my desk with a stack of CDs, and two old Nintendo DSs that I have since abandoned for my 3DS. My camera has been tossed aside much like the old CDs and handhelds in favour of the various iphones … Continue reading

Summary: Rage Comics

Rage comics/faces originated in 2008 on 4chan’s famous /b/ board with the rendition now known as “rage guy” or “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”. This first rage face was most likely created in MS Paint, but as the tradition grew comics generators appeared in which anyone could easily create a rage comic using a variety of templates and traditional … Continue reading

Summary: Henry Jenkins’ “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?”

Henry Jenkins’ essay “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?” describes the waves of regulation and independence experienced by the fanfiction culture behind the Star Wars franchise. He chronicles the struggles of Lucasfilm to determine its stance on fan adaptation and participation within the culture of its established intellectual property. Jenkins begins by discussing the Atomfilms contests that … Continue reading

Response: “Unscholarly Faith” and Categorization as Invasions of Privacy in “Private Uses of Cyberspace”

Sharon Cumberland’s “Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture” examines the importance of gender roles and identification in a variety of fan fiction communities. The chapter suffers from Cumberland’s obsession over her inability to assert the factuality of her evidence and her desire to quantify and categorize the readers and writers within these … Continue reading

Summary: Alexander Halavais’ “The Hyperlink as Organizing Principal”

In his article “The Hyperlink as Organizing Principal” Alexander Halavais attempts to define the hyperlink not just in relation to it’s original intended use, but also by examining the larger social effects. He explains that, because that the hyperlink has been adopted in everyday use on the internet, we can see that “they reflect deep … Continue reading

Response: Sex Blogging and Women’s Reclamation of the Water Cooler

In Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation, Jessica Cutler is positioned as an ignorant internet user who creates a blog intended only for her friends, detailing her sex life. Jessica reasons that when men bragged about having sex with her at the office it was considered mere “writing on the bathroom wall” (54) so really, … Continue reading