Aca-Media Podcast Episode 70: Jordan Sjol on Medium Specificity


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If you’re feeling sluggish from the holiday season, press play on this rich conversation between Jonathan Nichols-Pethick and Jordan Sjol to get your brain sparked and ready for a new year of smart conversations about media. The two DePauw colleagues talk about Sjol’s JCMS article, “A Diachronic, Scale-Flexible, Relational, Perspectival Operation: In Defense of (Always-Reforming) Medium Specificity” (don’t worry, they break it down word-by-word), as well as the recent feature film that Sjol co-wrote, How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Then Chris and Michael chat about how to name a department and how not to title a podcast.



Jonathan Nichols-Pethick and Jordan Sjol

Sjol, Jordan. "A Diachronic, Scale-Flexible, Relational, Perspectival Operation: In Defense of (Always-Reforming) Medium Specificity." JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, vol. 62 no. 5, 2022, p. 99-121.

Daniel Golhaber, dir. How to Blow Up a Pipeline. 2022; New York, NY: Neon.

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John Durham Peters, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).

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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, 'On Sourcery and Source Codes', Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (Cambridge, MA, 2011).

Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Gilles Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control.”

Mar Hicks, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017).

Safiya U. Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (New York: New York University Press, 2018)

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