In Media Res – A Media Commons Project is an innovative website where researchers submit videos — oftentimes of a popular/iconic TV show or film or YouTube post — and then briefly analyze the clip. It’s set up so readers can respond to their analysis as well. This is a terrific way to make research more public and, well, more fun.
My all-time favorites are a mashup of Barack Obama and a Bollywood film titled “Barack OBollywood: Afro-Asian Connections on the Viral Video Trail,” mainly because I think the video is hilarious, and an unaired segement from Battlestar Gallactica that provocatively considers issues of race and gender. What the frack.