Catherine Burwell is an Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research areas include cultural studies, media education and digital literacy. She has a particular interest in the literacies and interpretive strategies connected with online video, and has published on video genres such as fan remixes and Let's Plays.
FeatureIntroductionIn 2013, Facebook introduced autoplay video into its newsfeed. In order not to produce sound disruptive to hearing users, videos were muted until a user clicked on them to enable audio. This move, recognised as a competitive response to the popularity of video-sharing sites like YouTube, has generated significant changes to the aesthetics, form, and modalities of online...Read more