The School of Journalism and Communication Presents
Media Forensics: Reading the Canadian cultural commodity
featuring Will Straw, professor at McGill University
How do Canadian cultural commodities, from films through vinyl records and magazines, reveal their patterns of circulation and use? This presentation will look at practices of disguise and deception, through which the Canadian character of certain cultural commodities has been obscured so as to enhance their cultural legitimacy and commercial appeal. By examining a range of media objects produced in the twentieth century, I will suggest ways in which we might “read” cultural commodities, in hieroglyphic fashion, as evidence of the conditions of their production and the strategies behind their circulation.