Mapping the rise of the iPhone: Between phones and mobile media

by Ginette Verstraete Introduction In June 2007 Apple introduced its first generation iPhone, which proved the beginning of a very successful new line of smartphones. At that time smartphones were no more than a convergence of telephones and personal digital assistants produced by Nokia and Sony in Europe, NTT DoCoMo in Japan, and Blackberry in […]

Empire is out there!?: The spirit of imperialism in the Pixar animated film ‘Up’

by Dietmar Meinel At the beginning of the Pixar animated film Up (Pete Docter, 2009) a young Carl Frederickson is shown eagerly watching the afternoon program at a local movie theater. Set in the early 1930s, the program starts with a black-and-white newsreel montage of the ‘Movietown News “Spotlight on Adventure”’ which provides ‘footage never […]

Siegfried Kracauer’s affinities

by Thomas Elsaesser The five affinities…with photography? In Siegfried Kracauer’s Theory of Film, under the rubric of ‘general characteristics’ of the medium, there is a section called ‘Inherent Affinities’.[1] It follows two sections where Kracauer discusses the recording function and the revealing function – two of the vectors along which Kracauer conducts his theory of […]