Kollecting Kim K. Skills

Kim K. - Dating Level UpI’ve obsessively playing Kim Kardashian’s freemium mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and have a short write-up over on Antenna. Although my critical brain should dismiss this as the cash grab and branding opportunity that it is (and don’t get me wrong, it is.  The game is on track to earn $200 million.), I’m also delighted at the ways in which the game playfully incorporates diatribes about how Kardashian has become famous for doing nothing into gameplay.  In their rise to fame, players model or appear for paid public appearances. However, once completing those tasks, their avatars stand still as they look at their nails or fix hair as players tap actions on the screen. Moreover, the game itself is a smart articulation of Kardashian’s brand as it positions her as central to celebrity system both in and out of the game. The game is not just a roadmap for achieving celebrity in the 21st century, but one that conforms and reaffirms Kim Kardashian’s own rise to fame and justification for her continued position as a modern day celebrity.

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ClipNotesI am contributing to building and maintaining the website, organizing the XML database, and creating additional XML files for ClipNotes; software that allows users to mark up films via XML files to easily annotate and present film clips.  Users are encouraged to upload their own XML files to a public, user-submitted database. Although film files are not included, the ClipNotes website features guides demonstrating how to encode DVDs into digital files legally under fair use exemptions. Currently, ClipNotes is available as an iPad app and a Windows app. The project lead for ClipNotes is Stephen Mamber, and the project manager is Andrew deWaard.  More information about this initiative can be found at ClipNotes.org.

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On Wearing Two Badges

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This past summer, I spent a week in Portland to attend LeakyCon, a Harry Potter fan convention.  I regularly look into pop culture phenomenons just to see what the hype is all about.  When I read Harry Potter, not only did I get it, I became a fan as well.  When asked to attend this fan convention with friends and fellow scholars, I couldn’t resist!  However, as I’ve detailed in a piece over at Antenna, I had a hard time negotiating what it means to be a fan, an academic, and someone who naturally observes before participating.




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