Tuesday 20th February 2018,


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May 14 – Graduated the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication.

April 16 – Interviewed by CUNY TV about black web series production.

February 21 – I accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor at Northwestern University.

January 16 – Hacktivision, a blog I co-edit with Josh Braun, has launched.


October 1 – Article on mumblecore published Cinema Journal. I offer some context and updates at my blog.September 5 – Published short preview of my dissertation, expected 2012, tentatively titledOff the Line: Independent Television and the Pitch to Reinvent Hollywood.

July 15 – Completed book chapters on mobile video and marketing marginalized identities online.

June 1 – Presentations: Back from ICA, for two talks on web series. Also: updated CVandacademic pages.

March 22 – Presentations: Back from SCMS, next month I’ll be a USC for a conferenceon “failure,” then BEA in Vegas to talk about web video.

February 14 – New article in Flow about YouTube, web series producers and the web video market.

January 20 – Blog post about labor and web series production on In Media Res.


December 20 – I start contributing to AfterElton, and will be writing as a columnist in 2011.December 16 – A number of interviews with prominent web series creators, includingRobert TownsendSonya Steele and Matthew Kirsch.

November 19 – My essay on the state of the black actress cross-posted atRacialicious and Women and Hollywood.

November 1 – I start a weekly summary of news and opinion related to the web video and TV industries.

October 29 – New articles: I write about black video networks for Black Web. 2.0 and a web-based animation production site for Tubefilter.

October 13 – I write about CBS and gay characters in my first post for AfterElton.

October 4 – I have been accepted as a member of the International Academy of Web Television.

September 26 – The Atlantic linked to my blog again! More at the press page.

September 23 – In Media Res invited me to write about fall premiere week, postedhere.

August 23 – The Plain Dealer interviews me for a story on the possible return of the sitcom. More at the press page.

July 12 – First post for Tubefilter published, on Kickstarter.

July 1 – Researching independent cinema in Hong Kong.

May 8 – Added a demo for a web series to the Projects page!

May 8 – Updated Press page with new clips and mentions.

May 1 – Headed to the Association of Internet Researchers 11th annual conference in Sweden! Presenting, with Meghan Peirce, on web series as adapters of traditional television.

March 9 – FAME: Kade Style posted by Gawker and Philebrity!

February 26 – First version of my documentary (with Heidi Khaled and Brett Bumgarner), Fame: Kade Stylereleased!

February 3 – I’ll be in Singapore at the International Communication Associationconference presenting on music videos on YouTube and black web series in June.

February 2 – Published list of original, scripted gay/lesbian web series at my blog.


December 18 – Program brochure for Spring 2010 film survey course at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Film@Perelman released.December 17 – Final cut of short documentary, Fame: Kade Style screened. Stay tuned for details.

December 10 – First public lecture on making and marketing web series for the Penn Internet and Media Policy workshop series.

December 3 – Blog post about a YouTube viral video up at Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy. Follow-up interview at my blog.

November 20 – New York Times interviews me about Precious.

November 20 – Finalizing film survey course for the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Dr. Rebecca Sheehan.

November 17 – My interview with NPR’s “Here and Now” airs today after noon.

November 1 – Interview with Tatyana Ali about web series Buppies, produced by Aaliyah Williams and created by Julian Breece, up at Wall Street Journal online. Extra thoughts and quotes at my blog.

October 31 – My article “Camp 2.0: A Queer Performance of the Personal” accepted atCommunication, Culture and Critique!

October 30 – My article on the codes of vlogging on YouTube published in First Monday!

October 28 – First blog post published in The Wall Street Journal, on few new web series for Babelgum.

October 27 – Created a section on my blog for posts about web series.

October 15 – Article on black web series published in The Root.

October 13 – Article on web series, branded entertainment and sponsorshippublished in BusinessWeek.

October 9 – Joined academia.edu

October 5 – Video on the fair use of music video remakes on YouTube.

October 4 – Gave a talk at the Philadelphia Museum on Brian De Palma’s Blow Out.

September 13 – First screening of Film@Perelman — which I curated — at The Philadelphia Museum, starting with Marcel Duchamp in His Own Words and Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase!

June 20 – Participated in the Annenberg Summer Institute in Methods and Statistics.

May 21 – Uploaded “Real Vlogs” and “Black Existentialism” papers to the “Academic Work” section.

May 18 – Uploaded ICA poster for “Camp 2.0” in the “Academic Work” section.

May 11 – Updated blog URL. Now officially blog.ajchristian.org, notatomculture.wordpress.com! Hooray for domain mapping.

May 7 – Received one semester Mellon Research fellowship!

May 3 – Published article on black vloggers on The Root!

March 18 – Started posting clips for Paul Messaris’ documentary. Interviews and camerawork by myself, Mario Rodriguez and Moira O’Keefe (latter two not yet posted).