Disability, Access, and Participation in My Gimpy Life
"Access" is a crucial concept in both media studies and disability studies, but the word has very different histories in the two fields. Elizabeth Ellcessor puts the range of meanings of access into dialog through the notion of "cultural accessibility," a term that captures the interrelationships among technological and economic access, access to representation and production, and access to the public sphere. Through her analysis of the Kickstarter-funded online video series My Gimpy Life, Ellcessor shows how new technologies and funding models allow new forms of access and participation at multiple levels, blurring distinctions between media production and reception in ways that have particular relevance for the study of disability.
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