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Yesterday, it probably goes without saying, was a big day, made so not only by the inauguration but also by the first day of classes of the new semester. And even more so, for me personally, by the long-awaited relaunch of MediaCommons. (We tried really hard to have the site ready to launch at noon eastern, but settled for six pm pacific.)

The site is now running in Drupal, which is going to allow us to focus more heavily in the coming weeks on developing the community aspects of the network. Already, however, we’re able to promote contributions to the site from the breadth of its membership; any scholar of media studies who creates an account at MediaCommons is now invited to blog there. We’re hoping that some folks will want to start new, research-specific blogs, and that others will want to re-post selectively from their existing blogs. In the coming weeks, we’re also going to begin aggregating a number of media studies blogs across the web, enriching the MediaCommons community by reflecting the breadth of work being done in the field today.

I hope that you’ll come by and check out both the main site and In Media Res, which has also relaunched in a spiffy new format, with vastly improved tagging and searching capabilities. We’re still working on things over there, so excuse any oddnesses you may run into; we’d call this release a beta if that term were really useful anymore. But we look forward to seeing — and more importantly, to hearing from you — there.

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