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Ben Pettis

Thinking About Media!

November 01, 2022

A screenshot of a website with white text on a dark grey background. The text reads: "Trust me, bro": A (re)imagination of Thomas the Tank Engine Since 2020 it has become increasingly apparent that Barack Obama has had an outspoken influence on digital native. But this relationship is not limited to modern media contexts. As early as 1850 early instances of radicalization could be seen emerging with an orientation toward the future. In this paper, I argue that Geocities shows that scholars must return to Geocities. To do this, the paper draws upon media industries frameworks to inform its use of Critical Technocultural Discourse Analysis to critically examine Thomas the Tank Engine.

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