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This is the little monster I created to obtain my M. A. in Media Studies at Concordia University (August 28, 2013).

Abstract

In the networked society, migrations happen simultaneously offline and online. This thesis explores how privacy, our “portable territory of the self” (Fairfield, 2005), migrates physically and virtually, and describes the negotiations that take place when different notions of privacy converge on Facebook. By observing how Latin Americans aged 25 to 34 living in Montreal use Facebook to create social capital and how privacy implications impact on the creation of social capital on Facebook, this thesis incorporates cultural, institutional, and other contextual (offline) factors into the analysis of online privacy. Finally, this thesis proposes the concepts of instrumental privacy and expressive privacy to explain how goals, strategies, and actions for successful socialization are implemented on Facebook to create social capital.

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The main goal of this paper is to analyze the Mexican documentary film Presunto Culpable (Presumed Guilty) in the light of three main aspects: the construction of its protagonist’s innocence, the representation of justice, and the political use of gestures. In order to highlight some of these aspects, I will occasionally resort to Errol Morri’s documentary film The Thin Blue Line to compare and visualize some important elements of analysis, such as the notions of evil versus justice. Additionally, I will analyze the construction of innocence of José Antonio Zúñiga, or Toño—Presunto Culpable’s protagonist. I argue that directors Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith used performance strategically in order to communicate Toño’s innocence to the audience, something I will call performative truth. Finally, in the last section of this paper I will show the role gestures—a physical movement that punctuates speech and constitutes ‘action as utterance’, in Michael Braddick’s (2009) terms—played during Toño Zúñiga’s retrial and before the viewer of the film.

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Watch the film (original Spanish audio with bad-but-better-than-nothing English subtitles)

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Abstract

This synthesis paper was written as a requirement for the Communication Theory course in the MA Communications Studies Program at Concordia University. It is an analytic summary of the following readings:

  • Bolter, J. D. and Grusin, R. (2000). “Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation”. “Mediation and Remediation”, and “Television”. In Remediation: Understanding New Media. (pp. 21-50, 53-62, and 185-194). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Grant, G. (1986). Thinking about Tecnology. Technology and Justice. (pp. 11-34). Toronto: Anansi Press.
  • Marchessault, J. (2007). Multi-Screens and Future Cinema: The Labyrinth Project at Expo 67′. In Marchessault, J. and Lord, S. (Ed.), Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema (pp. 29-51). Toronto: University Press.

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