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Netflix and Binge Watching

This podcast episode focuses on the ever increasing epidemic of binge watching, more specifically how it relates to the differences between Netflix and the current cable networks. Netflix is a form of new media that has used a bottom up consumer driven process as their business model. As a result, more and more original shows are “bingeable” and their episodes are being released all at once. This shift from an episode a week has completely revolutionized T.V. and in this episode we explore what is next for Netflix, Cable T.V., and the industry as a whole.

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Philip Defranco and Casual Journalism

On this episode of Media Nouveau, Andres Salas and Olivia Katz tackle the Philip Defranco show and try to unravel Philip Defranco’s ability to garner trust in his audience. Philip Defranco is a popular YouTuber who has often been compared to the likes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. He’s known for his casual style and trustworthy journalism, a hard reputation to establish and maintain in an era of “fake news”. What is it that makes him stand out from major news outlets? Is it his financial independence or his meta-ironic T-shirts? Find out the answer to these questions and more on this week’s episode of Media Nouveau.


Renren’s Rise and Fall

In this episode of Media Nouveau, we discuss a Chinese social network, Renren, the so-called “Facebook of China”. By introducing Renren’s original orientation and strategies and comparing them with its later transformation, we delve into the reasons why Renren became famous in the beginning but quickly declined within a few years though it took a similar path with Facebook. What did Renren do wrong? Let’s find the answers in this podcast!


Puss-in-Book and Interactive Cinema

In this episode of Media Nouveau, we examine the evolution of interactive cinema, a platform that allows the audience to take an active role in creating the storyline. In the recent years, interactive cinema has experienced a surge in success thanks to the advancements of individualized technology such as smartphones and gaming consoles. Here we address the qualities of interactive cinema that make it worthwhile or valueless from both an audience and producer perspective, and we pull from specific examples such as Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Late Shift, and Steven Johnson’s “Television.”

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Bilibili and Participatory Democracy

Our words are the bullets, and bilibili is our gun! In this episode of Media Nouveau, we introduce a unique video-sharing website called “bilibili” that features a special “bullet comment system” — comments appearing or moving as a stream of bullets on the video playback screen. Peculiar at the first glance, the rise of bilibili invoked a revolution in the Chinese media public sphere. Why is the website revolutionary? And what is its implication of our contemporary new media environment? Find the answers in our podcast!