Rose Bender
Building community through meaningful digital experiences


Throughout 2019 I will be working on my graduate thesis for a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Sounds pretty intense right? Below I'll chronicle the ideation, iteration, failures, and triumphs. Join me, won't you?

Literature Review & Main Questions

Click here to read my literature review. 

I found it way easily to research papers than it was to read them. I was surprised at how long the first pass took me, but as I continued to read papers, I found it easily. I think I need to work on reading some of the 106 papers I have tracked so far before I add more. I love going down the rabbit hole of referenced authors.

Here is my main question and some follow-up questions

Does the media we consume as children prime us to view conspiracy theories, true crime, and dark humor as entertainment?

What does horror literature aim to teach children? Has this goal changed throughout the years?

Do different media have different ability to feel believable? What impact does production value have to trust?

What are the commonalities between people who view conspiracy theories, true crime, and dark humor as entertaining?

What is the impact of conspiracy theories on a real event? (9/11, Sandy Hook)


Rose Bender