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Amateurs: The New Common Culture

Time, the magazine that declared YouTube as the Person of the Year in 2006, recently released a list of YouTube’s top fifty videos. How this list was determined we do not know, but it is a marker of current tastes that merits attention.

Welcome to UTPress 2.0

The University of Toronto Press is pleased to announce that our new website is now up and running live!

Watching YouTube with Dr. Strangelove

Four years ago when I started to contemplate writing a book about YouTube I was aware that Internet companies can grow and fade faster than crocuses in the Spring. Would there be any ‘Tube to watch by the time the lengthy process of research, writing, and publishing a scholarly book ran its course? Google snapped up the young Internet start-up and made history with what was to become one of the fastest growing Web properties. While the future remains unwritten, it is clear that YouTube will be around for a while, and more importantly, amateur online videography is now a permanent part of media culture.

Dispatches from ISA 2010

The annual meeting of the International Studies Association took place February 17—20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Representing a broad array of scholars from across the globe and reflecting a variety of disciplinary interests, ISA gave us the opportunity to connect with new scholars, spread the word about UTP, and, of course, to encounter friends and colleagues we too seldom see.

Schiesari’s Beasts and Beauties

In a lot of ways, my cat and I are quite similar. Like him, I enjoy naps, appreciate a good meal and like being held from time to time – but only when it’s my idea. At the same time, I would hate to be a housecat, confined to the home and ignorant of the world outside. Certainly a product of my generation, if I were an animal, I’d be a tough one to domesticate.

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again?

While perusing the internet, I found this interesting article from CNN that reveals a group known as “Timewarpians;” people who dress up and adopt the manners and morals of past ages into their every day life. Some reflect that this is a reaction to modern day stresses and problems.

Production Intern at UTP!

Hello!

This is Stephanie, the new production intern! It is the end of my second week here at University of Toronto Press and I’ve already learned so much about how things work at a scholarly press. The people at UTP have been extremely welcoming!

Launch of Latin Poets and Italian Gods

The Classics Lounge of the University of Toronto’s Lillian Massey Building was the site of a gathering worthy of the gods themselves last Friday evening. The launch of Elaine Fantham’s book Latin Poets and Italian Gods, based on her 2004 Robson lectures, inspired an enthusiastic turnout. Those who attended were well-rewarded by Fantham’s remarks that evening, as she eruditely shared colourful anecdotes about her distinguished career and the scholars she has worked with throughout the years.

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