Media Life in Media Culture & Society

Very excited to report that yet another of the Media Life working papers has been published, this time as a commentary in the excellent journal Media, Culture & Society. Subscription to the journal is required (but if you send me an e-mail, I'd be happy to provide you with an author's copy of the piece).

A more or less complete list of published and/or working papers of the Media Life project at Indiana University can be found in an earlier post at Deuzeblog.

In the meantime, I can say that the work on the book is coming to an end - 6 out 8 chapters are written, and I am getting on with the conclusions, where I will make much of the Truman Show Delusion and its relevance for living a good and beautiful (media) life.

Delusions are central to our survival in a completely mediated environment because, as filmmaker Woody Allen states in an interview with The New York Times [09.14.10]: "This sounds so bleak when I say it, but we need some delusions to keep us going. And the people who successfully delude themselves seem happier than the people who can't."