“Encounters with Partisan Media: Toward the 2022 Midterm Elections”

On September 10, 2022, I participated in an interdisciplinary online discussion titled “Encounters with Partisan Media: Toward the 2022 Midterm Elections.” The discussion was sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Activist and Revolutionary Film and Media Special Interest Group. This was a fascinating roundtable, and I will share the video as soon as it is available. The description of the event is copied below. This is a link to my presentation.


Encounters with Partisan Media: Toward the 2022 Midterm Elections

The SCMS Activist and Revolutionary Film and Media Special Interest Group, along with the SIGS on Media, Science, and Technology, and Sound and Music Studies, would like to invite members to attend a zoom roundtable on partisan “heated” media this September 10th at 11 am PST. This panel aims to help us prepare for the Midterms and serve as a pitch for a new transdisciplinary volume, Cybermedia: Explorations in Science, Sound, and Vision (with Bloomsbury).

The multidisciplinary panel, drawing from scholars in music, media studies, and neuroscience, as well as industry practitioners, will explore how these political texts operate within larger social contexts, how they work audiovisually, how they might encourage us to talk with people who hold different political views, and how to take action. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes with some Q&A, and then the floor will be open for discussion. Below is a bit more about the roundtable and our presenters.

  • “News Bias and Affective Content on Social Media” Brian Knutson – Stanford Department of Neuroscience.
  • “The Illiberalism of Fox News: Theorizing nationalism and populism through Tucker Carlson Tonight” Reece Peck – College of Staten Island Department of Media Culture.
  • “Intensified Audiovisuality in 2022 Political Ads” Carol Vernallis – Stanford Department of Music.
  • “COVID-19 & Transnational Misinformation: Comparing Right-Wing Media Across the U.S.-Mexico Border” Harry Simón Salazar – Muhlenberg College Department of Media and Communication (link to my presentation).
  • “Hearing the Intimate Politics of Extremism: Music, Activism, and Reproductive Rights” Dana Gorzelany-Mostak – Georgia College.
  • “Neurocognition and Ideology: From Visual Biases to Polarization” Leor Zmigrod – Cambridge University – Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute.