Associate Professor of Media Studies
Professor Greene is co-editor (with Ted Gournelos) of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her work has appeared in Social Semiotics, In Media Res, The Nation, and We the Media: A Citizen's Guide to Fighting for Media Democracy. Slated for publication in 2019 are her articles on toxic uses of irony and social media (Studies in American Humor) and on feminist satire and rape culture (Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society), and an essay on racist trolling and critical humor studies (The Joke Is on Us: Political Comedy in Late Neoliberal Times).
She teaches courses on satire, audience research, and critical media studies.
This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of media studies, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that analyzes the complex interactions between old and new media, culture, politics and ideology. We will use various forms of US media as lenses through which to focus our study, as well as to develop an understanding of the relationship between media institutions, texts and audiences. In this discussion-based and writing-intensive course, students will read and write analyses of both cultural theory and specific texts, and ultimately produce a final paper on a topic of their own choosing.
The course is designed for advanced Division II and first-semester Division III students committed to reading and analyzing existing qualitative studies about audiences, gamers, and other media users, as well as to conceptualizing, carrying out, and documenting qualitative studies of their own. Prior to beginning individual projects/studies, we will explore: various theorizations of audiences, gamers, and other media users; the qualitative methodologies employed to study them; and results of prior studies investigating how people respond to - and make sense of - popular media forms such as television, film, advertisements, online videos, and video games. This is a rigorous, time- and labor-intensive course that requires significant independent work outside of class. Students should have completed at least one prior course in media studies or the film/photo/video program at Hampshire (with a critical component), and students should begin the course with a general sense of the issues or media texts they wish to explore in their studies.
Shortly after September 11th many journalists suggested that the attacks marked the death of irony. Nevertheless, irony, parody and political satire were used to challenge the Bush Administration's response to - and the mainstream media's framing of - the attacks. How do these modes of communication allow people to speak the unspoken, to challenge the political, social and cultural status quo, and to consolidate community? What are the limitations of these rhetorical strategies? Using satire as a means of exploring cultural theory and politics, we will grapple with its social functions, the extent to which it has been an effective means of addressing wars, presidents, and social issues. In addition to gaining familiarity with relevant cultural and social theory, students will read and write analyses of specific satirical performances, comedic television programs, and online publications.