CFP: M/C Journal 'review' Issue (8/26/05; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
M/C - Media and Culture
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                          M/C - Media and Culture
           is calling for contributors to the 'review' issue of

                                M/C Journal

M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal
between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed

To see what M/C Journal is all about, check out our Website, which contains
all the issues released so far, at <>.
To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit

                         Call for Papers: 'review'
                      Edited by the M/C Reviews team

Reviews occupy an uneasy position in society. There are those that argue
that reviewing is an art in itself, that a well-written review stands
alone. There are those that argue that reviewers enjoy a parasitic
relationship, piggy-backing on another's creation. Still others see reviews
as mere advertisements, one more cog in the publicity wheel. Regardless of
which faction you support, however, it must be admitted that reviewing is
fast becoming one of the most controversial forms of writing. 'reviews'
invites contributors to examine the legitimacy of reviewing as a sub-genre
of creative non-fiction, and to provide a meta-reflection on all aspects of
reviewing and critiquing.

What is it about reviews that make them so popular (or unpopular) with
consumers? Can a review really affect the way consumers act or feel? Why
will people read the opinions of a reviewer they already dislike? What
gives the critic the right to pass judgement on another person's work and
when do we consider them suitably qualified to do so? At what point does
one move from being 'Monday's expert' to a valid opinion-holder, whose
views would be welcome in a wider public forum?

What is the difference between a run-of-the-mill review and a piece that
offers a critical analysis of an art form; and why do some readers prefer
one over the other? Is reviewing an art form, and when does a review merely
provide a platform for the reviewer?

And of course, there are a number of other aspects to the word 'review'
itself; from its use as a term implying a need for change to the most
literal sense of rolling a ceremonial inspection or presentation. We invite
contributions from a wide variety of fields to explore the question of
reviewing. Send 1000-1500 word articles to

For more information:

Article deadline: 26 August 2005
Issue release date: 19 October 2005

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998
as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting
of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C
Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for
comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind


Further M/C Journal issues scheduled for 2005:

'affect': article deadline 21 October 2005, release date 14 December 2005

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                                                     Dr Axel Bruns

-- General Editor M/C - Media and Culture ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Tue Aug 02 2005 - 12:21:55 EDT