About Monica Larson

I'm a New Media Professor at Shepherd University, a designer, a budding ceramicist, a gardener, a swimmer, a mom of three, a wife, a sustainable life evangelist and a dog person. Sometimes the order changes.

Does a Pregnant Beyoncé Have Swollen Ankles?

What should artists release to the media?

Beyonce
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In a recent article in The New York Times, “Beyoncé 3.0: The Maternal Ideal“, suggests that despite a positive message (“Pregnant is beautiful. It should be worshiped.”) Beyoncé’s depiction of pregnancy in the media doesn’t acknowledge that pregnancy is “also messy, sometimes uncomfortable and just another fact of life. And in her extended fetishization of her own physical evolution, Beyoncé has not allowed for any of that.” Continue reading

Developing Coding Confidence… Almost

Students in COMM 447 Advanced Internet Media are finishing off the semester producing sites in Drupal, a content management system similar to WordPress. It seems like every year there is a certain point where breakthroughs happen… when it all starts to make sense. And even if your site crashes, you learn valuable trouble-shooting technique.

Can Reading Comics Make You a Better Filmmaker?

4c9e9paniIn COMM 343 Graphic Novel students not only read selected works, but also create their own comics. This semester we’ve read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Craig Thompson’s Blankets and David Small’s Stitches. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is next on the agenda. For those unfamiliar with comics, the common thread between these books is that they are all award-winning autobiographies. Continue reading