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Earl H. Fry’s Lament for America

Lament for America pinpoints three critical headwinds facing the United States: (1) the rise of competitor nations or groups of nations such as China and the European Union; (2) the potent combination of globalization, rapid technology change, and creative destruction; and (3) 15 major “fault lines” within the U.S. itself.

This is Not a Reading Series with Geoffrey Reaume

This past Wednesday, the Gladstone Hotel and TINARS hosted the “Words On The Wall” event with Geoffrey Reaume, author of Remembrance of Patients Past: Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940.

Trends in Canadian Internet Use: 2009 – 2010

For this entry in my UTP blog I decided to talk about online video use within a video – using the medium to discuss the medium. The result is hosted on YouTube and can be viewed below. Herewith follows a brief reflection on the process of video blogging.

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.