Considering Kids’ Media: Call for Papers for Issue #78 of Velvet Light Trap

July 31, 2015
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Considering Kids’ Media: Call for Papers for Issue #78 of <i>Velvet Light Trap</i>

On behalf of the coordinating editors for Velvet Light Trap's 78th issue, Caroline Ferris Leader outlines the call for investigating children's media.
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James Bond: A Transmedia Anomaly?

July 30, 2015
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James Bond: A Transmedia Anomaly?

Like time's arrow, transmedia franchises move relentlessly forward. Or do they? Matthew Freeman looks at the retro fixation of the transmedia James Bond storyworld as an anomaly in contemporary...
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More Than a (Small/White/Cisgender) Woman: Images of Non-Normative Women in Sports

July 28, 2015
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More Than a (Small/White/Cisgender) Woman: Images of Non-Normative Women in Sports

Jennifer Lynn Jones analyzes recent images and discourse on non-normative female athletes in sports media.
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“Something Into Nothing”: On the Materiality of the Broadcast Archive

“Something Into Nothing”: On the Materiality of the Broadcast Archive

Laura LaPlaca writes about the material resilience of broadcast history from the perspective of a collector and archivist, discussing the importance of acknowledging the stuff that radio and television...
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The Only Music Podcast: Listening to a New Music Podcast Find its Voice

July 24, 2015
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<em>The Only Music Podcast</em>: Listening to a New Music Podcast Find its Voice

Brian Fauteux inaugurates our "The Podcast Review" series with an analysis of The Only Music Podcast, a music podcast from Gothenburg, Sweden that offers a refreshing take on the...
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Textual Analysis & Technology: Information Overload, Part II

July 22, 2015
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Textual Analysis & Technology: Information Overload, Part II

Kyra Hunting continues her discussion of software options for media textual analysis, suggesting that while there is no single perfect qualitative research software application available, a combination of Filemaker...
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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

July 21, 2015
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Public Stadium Financing: The World’s Greatest “Save Our Show” Campaign

Spending public funds on sports stadiums and arenas is just as much about cultural policy as it is economic policy.
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“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in Magic Mike XXL

“Any God Worth Believing in Sends You Dudes in Thongs When in Need”: Exploring Women’s Pleasure in <i>Magic Mike XXL</i>

Magic Mike XXL adds new iconography to the intersectionally raced, gendered, and very classed pleasures found within the women's film through its attention to the centrality of women's sexual...
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Call of Parental Duty: Advertising’s New Constructions of Video-Gaming Fathers

July 16, 2015
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Call of Parental Duty: Advertising’s New Constructions of Video-Gaming Fathers

Soldiers, survivors, 3 a.m. fathers—Anthony Smith looks at families in recent video-game advertising and finds a "gamer dad" who’s gamer first, dad a distant second (while gamer mom is...
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Textual Analysis & Technology: In Search of a Flexible Solution, Part I

July 15, 2015
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Textual Analysis & Technology: In Search of a Flexible Solution, Part I

Kyra Hunting discusses how the creative use of open-ended software can serve media scholars — yet the available research software is not yet designed for the diversity of information,...
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