Paper Submission Deadline Approaching

For those who are presenting, this note is a gentle reminder that the paper deadline for the preconference is two weeks away. If you’re a presenter, please submit your paper in PDF format to the organizers via the <distribution.matters.preconf AT gmail DOT com> email address by 25 April (one month before the event). As you adapt your abstract into a lengthier paper, please observe the following rules of thumb:

  •     Keep papers to between 2,000 and 8,000 words (all-inclusive); that word count should include a 150-word abstract.
  •     Write for colleagues from other scholarly traditions—avoid disciplinary jargon to the greatest extent possible.

Henrik Bødker on the Transformation of Vice Magazine

In this installment of the Distribution Matters podcast, Henrik Bødker talks to co-host Lucy Martirosyan about how a messy and informal system of distribution helped to transform Vice from a free local magazine in Montréal into a global media brand.

This episode’s theme music is “Test Drive,” cc by nc 3.0 ccMixter user Zapac.

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Rick Popp on How Cable Television Came to Manhattan

In this installment of the Distribution Matters podcast, Rick Popp talks to co-host Josh Braun about how the built environment of 1960s Manhattan intersected with its political culture to shape the rollout of one of America’s first major urban cable television systems.

Co-hosts Lucy Martirosyan and Jessica Eklund were on break as this was recorded, but will return in future installments. Special thanks to Lucy for production help.

This episode’s theme music is “Six Weeks to Live,” cc by nc 3.0 Josh Spacek.

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Emily West on Amazon, the “Distribution Brand”

In this first installment of the Distribution Matters podcast, Emily West talks to co-host Lucy Martirosyan about Amazon, the online retailing behemoth whose brand is distribution.

As you’ll hear, we’re still working the bugs out of the new UMass radio studio. Expect better audio—and the occasional mishap—in the coming weeks as we get the new equipment calibrated.

Theme music is “I dunno,” cc by 3.0 ccMixter user grapes.

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Our program is live!

firstHello! You’ll no doubt have noticed some changes around here. We’re taking this website from a static call for abstracts to a place to post useful—and hopefully thought-provoking—information in the lead-up to the Distribution Matters pre-conference event at the International Communication Association event in San Diego this May.

Our first announcement is that the draft program for the preconference is now live. It will no doubt receive some adjustments between now and May, but we wanted to be sure to share the list of presenters and a sense of the event format.

In the coming days and weeks, in addition to further information on event logistics, you’ll also see Q&As and podcast interviews with presenters. We hope you’ll check back periodically and make use of comment threads—as well as the suggested hashtag, #dimat—to engage one another. And don’t worry: important announcements will continue to go out over email, too.

Lastly, since she didn’t credit herself, a word of thanks to Josh’s undergraduate research assistant, Jessica Eklund, for setting up and maintaining this sharp site. We’re very grateful.

—Josh, Ramon & Amanda