NBC’s Evolving Geographic Imagination: Revisiting Earlier Research with the 2016 Summer Olympics

Four years ago during the 2012 Summer Olympics, I worked with Emily Fekete to examine the Opening Ceremony’s “Parade of Nations.”  Because of the time difference between NBC’s audiences in the United States and the Games’ host city of London, the network “tape-delayed” the ceremony to show it during primetime viewing hours in the U.S., during which time the producers of the telecast significantly edited the event.  The result of these edits were the significant minimizing or near-exclusion of a number of delegations for the purpose of brevity and/or preservation of airtime for paid advertisements.

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Final Drafts for Matthew Barlow’s Griffintown Book

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I’ve been uber-swamped of late with the non-mapping aspects of life, but I finally finished up maps of the Griffintown neighborhood for J. Matthew Barlow’s book, The House of the Irish:” Diaspora, History & Memory in Griffintown, Montreal, 1900-2010, forthcoming from the University of British Columbia Press.  More maps and brief discussion after the break…

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Maps of History of Lake Agassiz Study

 

Lake Agassiz Reference

Continuing my sudden (apparent) interest in geology-related maps, here’re a few I recently made for Beth Johnson, my former colleague at UW-Fox Valley, in her paper about the exploration and development of Lake Agassiz in historical geologic literature. Above is the reference map of Lake Agassiz, two different boundaries provided in literature, and outflow paths marked by capital letters. Continue reading “Maps of History of Lake Agassiz Study”

Re-Constructing the Map, Revisited: NBC’s Geographic Imagination in the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

A couple of years ago, during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, I got the crazy idea to map seconds of coverage of each delegation when I saw NBC constantly cut away from lesser known countries after just a few seconds as compression editing for the tape-delayed broadcast. Continue reading “Re-Constructing the Map, Revisited: NBC’s Geographic Imagination in the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony”

Re-Constructing the Map: NBC’s Geographic Imagination and the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics

Note: This is a paper, co-authored with Emily Fekete at the University of Kansas, which was inspired by a much earlier blog entry. It was accepted for publication by Sociological Research Online, and this page will “go dark” upon final publication in SRO.

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NBC’s Geographic Imagination, as Reflected in the Olympics Opening Ceremony

A lot has been said about the incredibly sub-par coverage provided by NBC during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Between their questionable decision to tape-delay the ceremony to coincide with prime time to maximize ratings to the many, many omissions from the rather bland, unsurprisingly free-of-colonialism ceremony on the U.S. broadcast — including, quite offensively, a tribute to the 7/7 tube bombings that occurred the day after London’s winning of the games was announced (see the tribute here). Also omitted: a tribute to the Sex Pistols, several music performances (which reviews called outstanding) and more. Instead, they showed a god-awful interview with Michael Phelps, a notably prolific swimmer who, quite frankly, has the personality of a broken toaster oven. Continue reading “NBC’s Geographic Imagination, as Reflected in the Olympics Opening Ceremony”

Playing with Wordle: My Dissertation

My dissertation’s finished, or at least it’s to the committee and the defense scheme is going along as planned. We’re looking at an October 29 defense, after which time I will be Dr. Shears, thank-you-very-much. Of course, all of this assumes no problem. Haven’t heard anything yet from anyone, and they’ve had the draft for right at two weeks now, so I figure no news is good news. Continue reading “Playing with Wordle: My Dissertation”