Filming the Internet [SCMS Panel Proposal March 10-13]

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Anthony Coman
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John Badham's 1983 film War Games marked the beginning of cinema's relationship with a new medium: the Internet. Since then, as the technology has become ubiquitous in homes and in places of work, the internet has achieved increasing prominence in a variety of film genres. While some theorists have addressed Hollywood's attitude towards competing media in a more general sense, less has been written about the sociological and historical implications of the internet itself on screen. This proposed panel will look at the technophobic and technophilic narratives of internet technology in the context of its rapid integration into our daily lives and expanding presence on film over the last three decades.

Possible paper topics may include:

• Politicization or sexualization of internet and computing technology.
• Trends in the evolving tropes/emerging archetypes of the Internet film sub-genre.
• The internet and gender.
• The internet and criminality.
• The anachronistic future of internet computing.
• Spacial representation of the internet.
• Historicizing the internet on film.
• Critical, popular, scientific, or governmental reception of internet narratives.

Please submit an abstract with 5 item bibliography and CV or author's bio to Submit abstracts by Sunday, August 8th. All submissions will receive a response on or before Sunday, August 15th.