MCC Student Awards

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication is happy to announce the winners of its undergraduate and graduate departmental awards. To feature this talented group, we updated the classic Proust Questionnaire and collected their candid responses. 

Christine Bachman-Sanders, MA | Distinguished Thesis Award
What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Foucault's Discipline & Punish
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Michel Foucault
What news source could you not live without? NPR
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Madonna
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? queerspawn.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? pen and paper
"I procrastinate by I'm sickeningly efficient. But I do make too many lists."
"My dream job would be teaching, reading, writing, research."
"The subject of the American Dream incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I presented a paper on Metropolis for Brett Gary's Screening History course last spring."
"Living in NYC is expensive."
"My MCC degree is going to help me as I continue scholarly work as a PhD candidate."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was semiotics."
Zachary Cheney-Rice, MA | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Do Cellular Phones Dream of Civil War? The Mystification of Production and the Consequences of Technology Fetishism in the Eastern Congo by James H. Smith and Jeffrey W. Mantz
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? David Graeber
What news source could you not live without? PolicyMic
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Angela Davis
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.bomb.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Laptop 
"I procrastinate by watching NBA highlight videos on YouTube."
"My dream job would be working as an intergalactic homicide detective." 
"The subject of race and popular culture incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I presented my Professional Writing Seminar final project."
"Living in NYC is great, especially if you like rats."
"My MCC degree is going to help me explore more diverse and unexpected work opportunities."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that Beaudrillard wrote about 'The Matrix' before 'The Matrix.'

Joseph DeLeon, MA | Distinguished Thesis Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Bourdieu's Distinction 
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Trevor Paglen 
What news source could you not live without? Democracy Now!
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Jonathan Sterne, Jimena Canales, and Lisa Parks 
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.allmynope.nope
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Pen on paper. I like to feel the inscription in real time.
"I procrastinate by watching Karl Pilkington clips on YouTube and eating dumplings. If it's a good day, I'm doing both at once."  
"My dream job would be a photojournalist for National Geographic. Thankfully, this dream from the 6-year old me hasn't died away."  
"History of Technology
incites my curiosity the most."  
"My best day at NYU was when I handed in the final draft of my thesis."  
"Living in NYC is fun for the three or four days of spring we get each year."
"My MCC degree is going to help me in my PhD studies at the University of Michigan's Screen Arts and Cultures department."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that each Google search emits from 1 to 10 grams of CO2!"

Anna Dutkowsky, BS | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment Michael Bull's chapter Investigating the Culture of Mobile Listening in Consuming Music Together: Social and Collaborative Aspects of Music Consumption Technologies.
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? The legendary Nancy Baym, superstar of my Fall 2013 Social Media Networking class.
What news source could you not live without? The New Yorker
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? After two years at NYU Paris, I have to say Alistair Horne, for writing the funniest, most engrossing account of Parisian history ever.
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.merylstreepsbiggestfan.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? iPad with attached keyboard, because typing is the only way to keep up with everything flying through my brain.
"I procrastinate by forever trying to emulate Zooey Deschanel's voice by singing and playing She & Him songs on my ukulele."
"My dream job would be working in consumer Public Relations with clients whose products are essential parts of our everyday lives.
"The subject of music and how it shapes our experiences, relationships, emotions, and eventually memories incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I found out that, thanks to MCC's fabulous flexibility and encouragement to make our own unique NYU experience, I could spend a second year at NYU Paris."
"Living in NYC is like having a gateway to the rest of the world, whether via NYU's many abroad sites or just by hopping on a bus to Upstate New York."
"My MCC degree is going to help me establish a successful career in Public Relations or related communications industry."
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that literally every aspect of television is choreographed to death (hello intertextuality and product placement). Yet somehow TV still hasn't been spoiled for me."

Alec Foster, BS | Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment Gabriella Coleman's Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls: The Politics of Transgression and Spectacle 
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Neil Postman 
What news source could you not live without? Reddit & The Intercept 
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Alexis Ohanian 
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.internet.edu 
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Laptop with Google Drive 
"I procrastinate by personalizing browser extensions and Gmail filters." 
"My dream job would be Director of Google Ideas." 
"The subject hacktivism and internet organizing incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I saw a shuttle launch from NASA HQ, met my idol Alec Ross and invited him to speak at MCC, then skated to the White House for my last day as an intern." 
"Living in NYC is an oxymoron." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me channel my passions into a career." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was the political power of internet humor and memes. Thanks Finn!"

Emily Goldsher, MA | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? I had to read Do Artifacts Have Politics? by Langdon Winner for almost every class, and for good reason! He totally opened my eyes to materiality and values in design.
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Donna Haraway 
What news source could you not live without? Twitter! 
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Have you seen the photo of Theodor W. Adorno in an old-timey bathing costume? 
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.google.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Pen and paper during class, laptop while at work. 
"I procrastinate by watching House M.D. on Netflix." 
"My dream job would be a professor at a small liberal arts college." 
"The subject of medical practice and the body incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I realized you can reserve private study rooms at Bobst [Library] online." 
"Living in NYC is the reason I don't think I could ever live anywhere else." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me be conscious of and attentive to the circulation of media and technology in my future research." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was a toss up between Nicole Starosielski's work on undersea cable networks (the Internet is made of material!) and reading Natasha Dow Schull's work on neuroscience and machine gaming (gaming companies are trying to make machine gambling more addictive using neuroscience!)."

Willa Kramer, MA | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? More like a movie—seeing Singing in the Rain with my intro film class, and realizing that there was a whole different way to watch.
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? I would love to watch some melodrama with Linda Williams!
What news source could you not live without? Jezebel of course—the best mix of celebrity gossip with a feminist lens.
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Christine Gledhill, Judith Butler, Laura Mulvey—so many.
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.watchingwithwilla.com hey, that gives me a blog idea!
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Old school of course—pencil/paper always. 
"I procrastinate by cleaning. It's a never ending task, so I can always procrasti-clean!"
"My dream job would be starting my own television channel and programming to my specific likes."
"The subject of Scandal! Revenge! incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was the first day of the first semester. A whole new world!" 
"Living in NYC is exhilarating and exhausting. It's so much fun but hard to concentrate." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me move forward in my career with an incredible background behind me!" 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was the ins and outs of television history."

Loris Randolph-Jones, MA | Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment Malcolm Gladwell's rebuttal to Clay Shirky. (Obvi I'm on Shirky's side—viva la twitter revolucion.)
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Oh man.... Joseph Goebbels. I know creepy Nazi dude, but c'mon that method of pushing propaganda was GENIUS. 
What news source could you not live without? CNN
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Robert McChesney (he signed my book. I died.)
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be?www.thelazyloris.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Evernote on iPad
"I procrastinate by tumblr/tinder/twitter combo."
"My dream job would be at the ACLU or NAACP researching and working in the communications departments."
"The subject of racism on the internet incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I got in.... duh." 
"Living in NYC is HARD! But when you have a bad day, take the J train into or out of Brooklyn and you remember why you came." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me RULE THE WORLD. No but seriously." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was Academically: The very threads of the web are skewed because code is in English. Socially: I'm not the only nerd. #twentysided"

Silvia Solis, MA | Outstanding Service to the Department

What reading produced the biggest aha moment?Communication: The Context of Change
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Marshall McLuhan
What news source could you not live without? Newspapers' emails and newsletters.
Who is your biggest scholarly crush?If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.askbelievereceive.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Mostly pen and paper, but sometimes my iPad as well.
"I procrastinate by walking around Prospect Park while listening to country music."
"My dream job would be to serve as a counselor or coach to young adults struggling with identity crises and/or ineffective communication skills."
"The subject gendered relationships incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I received an email from my thesis adviser saying she had signed the approval form. I couldn't believe two years had passed and I was done with my Master's degree." 
"Living in NYC is the biggest adventure and most exciting learning opportunity of my life." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me be critical of ideas and opinions knowing that most are perceptions rooted in specific and different cultural backgrounds." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was to question what I take for granted and to approach different ideas with an open mind."

Daniel Soto, MA | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? John Fiske's Moments of Television: Neither the Text Nor the Audience¬Ě
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Stuart Hall
What news source could you not live without? NYT
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? Marita Sturken
I you could buy any URL, what would the address be? www.daniel.com
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? During the MA I transitioned from pencil/paper to iPad to laptop.
"I procrastinate by reading Slate, Vox, Vulture, Gawker, etc."
"My dream job would be doing something I love and I'm not sure what that is."
"The subjects popular culture and politics incite my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was when I got an A on my final paper for MCC Core with Rodney Benson." 
"Living in NYC is painfully amazing." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me say a lot of sophisticated stuff but not knowing how that translates into solutions." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was that popular culture matters A LOT."

Shruti Sannon, MA | Academic Achievement Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Michel Foucault's work while I was in undergrad. Code: Version 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig in grad school.
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Socrates
What news source could you not live without? BBC and Twitter
Who is your biggest scholarly crush? [No Response]
If you could buy any URL, what would the address be? Something I can sell, like insure.com — it sold for $16 million!
Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? A combination of all three depending on the subject, my mood, and the weight of my bag
"I procrastinate by watching science fiction and compulsively bookmarking interesting articles to read later."
"My dream job would be one in which I get to feed my curiosity through research while contributing to something I'm passionate about."
"The subject of using technological advances to tackle social challenges incites my curiosity the most." 
"My best day at NYU was any day I got to nerd out about research and shared interests with amazing faculty." 
"Living in NYC is a procrastinator's dream come true." 
"My MCC degree is going to help me pursue my passions." 
"The coolest thing I learned in an MCC class was the challenges involved in tackling seemingly intractable issues in governance and regulation."

Robert Wosnitzer, PhD | Outstanding Teaching Award

What reading produced the biggest aha moment? Max Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
If you could meet any scholar, dead or alive, who would it be? Walter Benjamin
What news source could you not live without? The New York Times
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Note taking: laptop, iPad, or pencil/paper? Pencil/Paper
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