Introduction: The ring of the true in contemporary media

by Ilona Hongisto, Toni Pape, and Alanna Thain The editorial process for this special section began before the term ‘post-truth’ was picked up and circulated widely in the summer and aut... Read more →

Cinema’s Turing test: Consciousness, digitality, and operability in ‘Hardcore Henry’

by Chang-Min Yu Will images created from this optical system, this kind of robot-brain that is the cinematographic apparatus, have as great an influence upon the evolution of culture and civ... Read more →

Acts of laughter, acts of tears: The production of ‘truth-effects’ in Oriana Fox’s ‘The O Show’ and Gillian Wearing’s ‘Self Made’

by Maria Walsh There was a time in the not too distant past when, in theory at least, claiming the truth of one’s identity was viewed with suspicion. In poststructuralist theories, particu... Read more →

Editorial Necsus

A decade ago, American political satirist Stephen Colbert coined the term ‘truthiness’ in his program ‘The Wørd’, to call attention to a striking pathology in American politics, bro... Read more →

False color/real life: Chromo-politics and François Laruelle’s photo-fiction

by Yvette Granata Introduction  Responding to a journalist’s demand to justify the amount of violence in Pierrot le fou (1965), Godard insisted that there was no blood in his films, just ... Read more →

Sweeping changes in Eastern Europe: The documentary frame in Gerd Kroske’s ‘Kehraus’ trilogy (1990-2006)

by Ilona Hongisto This essay is motivated by a desire to enliven established notions of documentary cinema. In part a response to the genre’s ever-expanding field of operations, the aspira... Read more →

Training the eye for war: A politics of spatial fictions

by Emanuel Licha Medina Wasl is the name of a small Iraqi town in the middle of the Mojave Desert in California. It is a mock village that forms part of the United States Army […] Read more →

The case of the speculative detective: Aesthetic truths and the television ‘crime board’

by Rob Coley Preliminary proceedings The critical project of media studies, in its conventional form, sets out to decipher, demystify, and disentangle. Its established practices of analysis ... Read more →

NECSUS Spring 2017_‘True’ — call for submissions

In contemporary media environments, it is hard to tell what is true and what is not. A considerable amount of the ‘news’ that social media feeds us on a daily basis is either straightfor... Read more →