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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!

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Tasty Videos

In this episode of Media Nouveau, we discuss Tasty videos, which are sped-up videos of two hands making a dish. We dive into questions such as what makes these videos so entertaining and popular? Why is a huge company like Buzzfeed promoting and creating these videos? Any what are the positive and negative effects that come from these videos? Tasty videos are part of the new growing food culture that has emerged in recent years. Moreover, Tasty videos are made for such a diverse audience that all types of people can appreciate and enjoy them.


Vox and Exploratory Journalism

In this week’s episode of Media Nouveau, we describe and analyze the digital news publication Vox. This news source has lead the way in the new media field of “explanatory journalism” where articles are written with more analysis and insight than previous methods of news delivery. We also analyze the changes Vox itself has made to cater to the audience’s changing consumption of media and how that defines its niche in the new media realm. We discuss its divergences from old media forms, and how this may be problematic. Linked below are some excellent sources, fun reads, and references to our bad jokes made throughout the episode.