CFP: Docs, Blogs, Zines, Online Media (8/20/05; SCMS, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Terri Ginsberg

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 2-5, 2006
Vancouver, Canada

The SCMS Caucus on Class ( ) is sponsoring
the following call for papers. Please send 150-word proposal, plus brief
bibliography and bio statement, by August 20, 2005.

"Filling the Void: How Docs, Blogs, Zines, and Other Online Media Are
Redefining Journalism"
While mainstream media grows more economically consolidated and politically
conservative, social issue documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Supersize
Me have achieved surprising box office success and received extensive
critical attention. Other critical documentaries (e.g. Uncovered: The Whole
Truth about the Iraq War) have reached audiences through links to
progressive political organizations. This panel seeks papers exploring the
ways in which contemporary documentaries-as well as other forms of
alternative, online distribution (websites, blogs, online journals, etc.)
and exhibition venues-are explicitly engaging political discourse. How has
the "new journalism" influenced documentary technique and challenged that of
corporate and mainstream media? How are online distribution and alternative
exhibition venues related to the politics of such films/videos? Are there
significant differences from political documentary strategies of the 1930s
and 1960s?
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