Melissa Dinsman

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Melissa
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Dinsman
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My name is Melissa Dinsman and I am a 4th year graduate student in the PhD in Literature Program at the Unviersity of Notre Dame. I am currently writing a dissertaion entitled: “Cooperative or Co-opted Communication?: An Analysis of the Radio Play.”

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I am entering into my fourth year in the PhD in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame, and am currently writing my dissertation: “Cooperative or Co-opted Communication?: An Analysis of the Radio Play.” My project looks to question whether the radio play within the U.S., Britain and Germany, was used as a pedagogical tool or as disguised cultural imperialism. Although my dissertation largely focuses on an older media form (the radio), the latter part of my project will turn to look at the changes made to this analogue form as it has entered into a digital era. Another question I am concerned with is whether we can truly say we live in a “digital era,” for while Internet seems ubiquitous in the United States and Western Europe, some African nations, such as Zambia, where poverty, illiteracy and lack of infrastructure are rampant, still require the use of hand-crank radios for their entertainment and news. Moreover, although we have digital and advanced technological capabilities, we need to ask whether mankind is thoroughly ready to make positive use of them, an old question asked by playwrights such as Brecht and Dürrenmatt.

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