It’s no secret the internet is challenging the traditional ways we have lead our lives – ensuring we remain on our toes at all times and questioning the foundations on which we’ve always come to rest. Which is why Playboy Magazine’s recent change to its traditional content shouldn’t surprise anyone.
That the internet can make a behemoth like Playboy re-evaluate its audience and restructure its content additionally isn’t shocking when you consider the amount... Read More
Elvis' Sun recordings were the products of collaborations amongst amateur and professional artists, Elvis being the amateur. Does this mean that amateurs can achieve levels of creativity that match or better those of professionals? In some cases, yes. Amateurs established new institutions, new standards and new practices, but they would not have done so if professionals had not played key roles in their success. Elvis would not have carried off his recordings without the help of professional... Read More
It’s a common question posed to students of the UCF T&T Ph.D. Program. The misinterpretations of our family and friends are often quite humorous. One student’s mother thinks she only programs cell phone apps. Often, misunderstandings of the program stem from these extremely narrow assumptions about our fields of research, spurring comments ranging from, “Oh, you hate books now?” to “So you think the internet will save us all, huh?” to “Exactly how is technology ruining... Read More
The Eclectic and Electric Dr. Barry Mauer
Dr. Barry Mauer’s UCF office resembles less of an office and more of a low lit lounge. The ceiling is lined with decorative linen that hides the ceiling tiles and harsh fluorescent lights. Lamps cast a low glow and pillows sit on his chairs. The walls are lined with rows of bookshelves hosting a mix of books, videocassettes, and CDs. The books include titles like, Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, Lacan and Narration: The... Read More
Welcome to the new Texts and Technology blog! Texts and Technology is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. This blog will serve as a repository for thoughts and ideas from the minds of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as provide a way for the T&T Community and passers-by to get a glimpse of what’s going on in our T&T world. With this blog we hope to encourage thoughtful and thought-provoking reading and... Read More