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Ryan Stoldt

Writer. Researcher. Teacher. Musician.

Research

Ryan’s research focuses on the intersections between digital media studies and global media studies.

Teaching

Ryan teaches courses about storytelling, media production, and media literacy.

Creative Works

Ryan has written and recorded music for the majority of his life. He most recently released an EP entitled “Everything Must Go” with his band Twin Cities.

NEWS AND UPCOMING TALKS

New Article: Ethics of Authenticity: Social Media Influencers and the Production of Sponsored Content

The Journal of Media Ethics published my new article, “Ethics of Authenticity: Social Media Influencers and the Production of Sponsored Content.” Influencers consider ethics through their relationship with their audience and their personal brand. We argue that influencers believe it’s ethically okay to produce sponsored content if the content is authentic to both their brand and their audience.

Online Office Hours

Times are pretty wild right now, but it remains critically important to continue to support our communities. As an academic, that support needs to carry over to our students and peers. I’ll be hosting online office hours on Zoom every Tuesday at 3pm CST for the next weeks to try and support those communities. These open office hours are meant to provide a space for collaboration. I’m happy to offer feedback to students working on projects for school, other academics who are thinking through research ideas, and creatives who are working on all sorts of video projects.

RECENT WORK

Latest Article:

“Ethics of Authenticity: Social Media Influencers and the Production of Sponsored Content” in The Journal of Media Ethics

My co-authors and I argue that influencers consider ethics through their relationship with their audience and their personal brand. Influencers believe it’s ethically okay to produce sponsored content if the content is authentic to both their brand and their audience.

Latest Column:

“Interactive Television as a Cultural Forum: Storytelling and Meaning-Making in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” in Flow

This article argues that the narrative choices audiences make while watching interactive television are shaped by their social situation. Interactive television continues to offer polysemy, but readings are pre-shaped by the narratives audiences choose to see.

Latest Music:

Everything Must Go EP by Twin Cities

As Twin Cities’ first release since their first full length record, the Everything Must Go EP expands on the band’s melodically driven indie rock sound. Blending contemplative, playful, and embarrassingly punny lyrics, the new EP confronts listeners with questions about knowing themselves and how they connect with the world.

About Ryan

Ryan Stoldt is a Ph.D. candidate in Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. His work has appeared in Social Media + Society, The Journal of Media Ethics, and Flow.

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