Welcome to the website of JP Kelly (PhD), Lecturer in Film and Television, Royal Holloway, University of London. You can see my latest blog posts below. You can learn more about my work and current research interests by viewing my "about me" page or by visiting my Royal Holloway profile.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
30th October 2015
This post examines the labour dynamics of the largely overlooked workforce of coders who are integral to the form and experience of television today. Using Netflix as a case study, it explores the way in which the company utilises outsourced and open-sourced forms of labour. Ultimately, I argue that the collaborative nature of open-source culture (which underpins the digital architecture of streaming services such as Netflix) may have profound implications for the television industry more widely. Here's a short extract:
"...the collaborative nature of the open-source community and open-source software will surely produce a kind of leakiness of ideas, resources, and approaches to television that may therefore transcend specific institutional styles and practices."
You can read the full post on CST online.
26th August 2015
In this post I review the spin-off of AMC's The Walking Dead; the imaginatively titled Fear the Walking Dead. As ever, I examine this series from an industrial perspective - in this instance, evaluating the pilot in the broader context of a potential crisis for AMC in which their portfolio of original content appears to be drying up. You can read the full post at my blog TVnomics.
20th August 2015
There is more television than ever before. More content, more channels, and more ways to watch. In this post I explore the problem of "choice fatigue" and give my recommendations for the 5 best Netflix Originals. Read the full post at TVnomics.
Given that the slate of original Netflix series is due to increase drastically over the next year or two, I'll revisit this particular post sometime soon in order to add further commentary on new series such as Narcos and the plethora of Marvel based spin-offs.
1st May 2015
I recently presented some research at the Forgotten Television Drama conference, which took place at Royal Holloway in April 2015. The paper examined the relationship between television, "big data" and the "digital dark age", arguing that contrary to utopian promises that digital technologies will improve media preservation, they are actually producing a much more ephemeral media culture. "Big data" plays an increasingly central role within the television industry (and other related industries for that matter) but at the same time is also highly ephemeral. Ultimately, this might lead to situation in which future media historians will struggle to access the data that increasingly surrounds and shapes the television of today. I've published a somewhat shorter version of this paper which you can read at CST Online. You can read the post by clicking here.
11th April 2014
Here's a piece about the marketing campaign leading up to Mad Men's seventh and final season which has been published at The Conversation. In addition to celebrating the wonderful campaigns that have accompanied the series over its seven year tenure, I also suggest that product placement has become a more effective revenue stream in a media culture where advertising can be skipped with the press of a button. Here is where Mad Men has the advantage over other contemporary television productions. As Abe Sauer of BrandChannel.com points out, "the advertising setting for Mad Men creates more natural opportunities than most to showcase brands through product integration". You can read my post at The Conversation by clicking here.
16th January 2014
It's been a while since my last blog post (what with my new job and all) but here is a deliberately provocative piece explaining why the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad isn't as good as you think it is. In comparing IMDb reviews of the series as a whole with the average rating worked out on an episode by episode basis, I provide compelling evidence to suggest that viewers tend to remember/rate television series better than they actually are. As ever, enjoy and please feel free to comment.
18th September 2013
With the news that Mad Men's final season will be split into two parts, I've written a new post about the relationship between distribution and narrative in contemporary television. In the post I briefly explore the emergence of the "two-part finale" and consider the potential impact this trend might have on narrative form. As always, please feel free to offer your thoughts or suggestions.
9th September 2013
Here's the second post over at my new blog, TVnomics. It's called The Paratextual Experience and it explores the role that paratexts play in contemporary television culture. Specifically, I argue that these texts are becoming an increasingly significant part of the contemporary TV experience, but that this experience differs drastically depending on when and where you are watching. Please feel free to offer suggestions or tell me about your own paratextual experiences. Click on the link to read more.
16th August 2013
Here's the inagural post over at my new blog, TVnomics. It's called Research Tools for the Internet Archivistem and, as the title suggests, it explores some of the resources I've found particularly useful over the years when conducting research online. Hopefully it will be of some interest or use to other scholars. Please feel free to offer suggestions or tell me about your experiences. Click on the link to read more.