Filming the Internet [SCMS Panel *Abstract deadline August 8th*, Conference March 10-13]

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Anthony Coman
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In the early 1980's cinema began an ongoing relationship with a new young medium: the internet. Since the early depictions of hackers like Flynn in Tron (1982) and David in War Games (1983), 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. Internet films have been used as a locus for philosophizing about human nature (The Matrix (1999)) and as a method of contemporizing remakes (You've Got Mail (1998)); they have been integrated into existing genres (Weird Science (1985), Fear Dot Com (2002), Chat Room (2010)), and have reflected on the business of the internet in documentary ( (2001)) and feature length films (The Social Network (2010).

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.

• Internet use and gender.

• The internet and criminality.

• The anachronistic future of internet computing.
• Spacial representation of the internet.

• Historicizing the internet on film.

• Reception of internet narratives (Critical, popular, scientific, institutional or governmental).

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