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Netflix at the Nexus

Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television

Edited By Theo Plothe and Amber M. Buck

Netflix’s meteoric rise as an online content provider has been well documented and much debated in the popular press and in academic circles as an industry disrupter, while also blamed for ending TV’s "Golden Age." For academic researchers, Netflix exists at the nexus of multiple fields: internet research, information studies, media studies, and television and has an impact on the creation of culture and how individuals relate to the media they consume. Netflix at the Nexus examines Netflix’s broad impact on technology and television from multiple perspectives, including the interface, the content, and user experiences. Chapters by leading international scholars in television and internet studies provide a transnational perspective on Netflix’s changing role in the media landscape. As a whole, this collection provides a comprehensive consideration of the impact of streaming television.

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Sheri Chinen Biesen is Professor of Radio, Television, and Film Studies at Rowan University and author of Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and Film Censorship: Regulating America’s Screen (Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2018). She received her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, MA and BA at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and has taught at USC, University of California, University of Texas, and in England.

Amber M. Buck is an Assistant Professor in the Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies program at the University of Alabama. Her research considers writing technologies, social media, and online audiences. She has published in the journals Research in the Teaching of English, Computers & Composition, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and in edited collections Ubiquitous Learning; Stories That Speak to Us; Literacy in Practice; and Social Writing/Social Media.

Chiara Checcaglini obtained her PhD in Sociology and Communication Studies in 2016 at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, with a thesis about Italian online critical discourse and contemporary TV series. Her current research interests include media education, transmedia storytelling, ← 239 | 240 → contemporary serial narratives, their critical reception and their forms of distribution. She wrote several essays on these topics, and she is a contributing writer for webzines dedicated to audiovisual criticism. She authored the book Breaking Bad. La chimica...

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