• Fair Use @ WorkTM App: Design and Review of a Prototype of a Mobile App to Help Journalists, Students, and Educators Favor Fair Use of Copyrighted Work

      Heiz, Nancy M. (2014-05-01)
      This project is a prototype of a mobile application that would help journalists, bloggers, educators, and students determine if copyrighted material can be reproduced according to the Fair Use doctrine of U.S. Copyright law. Development of the mobile application reflects Shedroff’s unified field theory of design. The prototype was developed using free online tools. The app prototype itself incorporates several universal principles of design, as well as legal and ethical principles for journalism and new media. This paper explores the need to clarify Fair Use of copyright. Next, it identifies the target users and their needs. It then explores and details the methodology of designing an online prototype. Lastly, it details the assessment of the prototype.
    • The Ties That Bind: A blog project about the meaning of fandom

      Stam, Kathryn; Thesis Advisor; Lizardi, Ryan; Second Reader; Isgar, Eric (2021-05)
      Fandoms, or fan communities; groups of enthusiasts or ‘fans’ that have come together through their shared love of some kind of media, have been around for a long time in a number of different forms around the world, though in small numbers. When comic books became popular, those groups increased, and once again as movies became more commonplace. These communities and cultures are reliant on information technology, and the technology reliant on them, in a symbiotic relationship. It is my objective to research, analyze and observe fandoms and the culture related to the associated communities of fans within, and how they have formed, communicated and interacted, both prior to the development of modern information technology and after, as well as their continued growth on established and upcoming platforms. My actual project consists of a set of blog posts, or ‘mini-essays’, on Tumblr, around one hundred words per post, perhaps more, with ten posts in total.