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#72, Fall 2013

The Velvet Light Trap

Useful Media: Industrial, Educational, Institutional

The Artifice of Nineteenth-Century Phonographic Business Dictation
Patrick Feaster
A Military Use for Widescreen Cinema: Training the Body through Immersive Media
Giles Taylor
Corporate Discourses of Sponsored Films of Steel Production in the United States, 1936–1956
Sara Sullivan
A Difficult Delivery: Debating the Function of the Screen and Educational Cinema through The Birth of a Baby (1938)
Benjamin Strassfeld
The Social Uses of Classroom Cinema: A History of the Human Relations Film Series at Benjamin Franklin High School in East Harlem, New York City, 1936–1955
Lisa M. Rabin


Video Games as Useful Media: A Multiplayer Perspective
Edited by Kyra Hunting and Andrew Zolides

Book Reviews

Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image by Roger Hallas
Reviewed by Matt Connolly
Everyone Says No: Public Service Broadcasting and the Failure of Translation by Kyle Conway
Reviewed by Christopher Cwynar