Wednesday, February 13, 2008


In this, the inaugural post for Perpetual Ferment, I would like to outline who we are and what we're trying to do with this blog.

Who we are: Fernando Bermejo, Mark Brewin, Jen Horner, and Dave Park. Those are the names.

What we are trying to do: discuss the media in a blog-worthy way. The emphasis will be on media theory, research, and criticism. The tone (appropriate for a blog, methinks) will be relatively informal. A key word for me, and I believe for my co-authors here as well, will be 'autonomy.' We are not trying to represent any particular point of view in media studies. We are, instead, trying to keep our own ideas dynamic by discussing issues that matter to us, and that provoke disagreement amongst us.

With our titular reference to "Ferment in the Field," we position ourselves (pretentiously, perhaps) as folks who are using this blog as a way to think past some of the central positions oft advanced in media studies. We hope to get beyond some of the internecine squabbles that have defined the field of media studies: qualitative vs. quantitative, critical vs. administrative, political economy vs. cultural studies, and so on.

If this sounds like a scattershot and amateurish idea for a media studies blog, so be it. The study of the media could use some more scattershot and amateurish ideas.