Populist or Prestige? Amazon’s Attempts to Brand Pilot Season

August 28, 2014
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Populist or Prestige? Amazon’s Attempts to Brand Pilot Season

Amazon Studios's Pilot Season attempts to frame itself as a “disruption” of both the traditional Hollywood development system and Netflix’s production of prestige television.
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Choose Your Own Narrative: The 2014 Emmy Awards

August 26, 2014
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Choose Your Own Narrative: The 2014 Emmy Awards

How this year's ceremony's lack of narrative created discursive space filled in by everything but the production itself.
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MTV Shows Its Seams

August 25, 2014
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MTV Shows Its Seams

MTV's 2014 VMA Awards visualize the music industry's feminist growing pains.
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

August 12, 2014
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Steven Soderbergh: Television’s Latest Showrunner/Auteur

The fusion of cinema, television, and personality has critics resounding with near-universal praise for Cinemax's The Knick, resulting in a very heavy ride on the Steven Soderbergh bandwagon.
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Guardians of the Galaxy and The Marvel Method

August 6, 2014
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<i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> and The Marvel Method

With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel continues to construct a sequential tapestry by drawing upon comics' sense of interconnectivity and hyperdiegetic expansion.
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

August 5, 2014
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The Guardians of Good Taste: Critics and the “Fanboy” Menace

Why do critics claim that only "fanboys" can make sense of Guardians of the Galaxy?
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Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

July 25, 2014
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Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in <i>Kim Kardashian: Hollywood</i>

In the mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the celebrity legitimizes her image while also propagating her brand by redefining fame as an accumulation of skills.
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DashCon Discourses: Through a Feminist Lens

July 16, 2014
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DashCon Discourses: Through a Feminist Lens

Beyond the negative discourse generated by the recent DashCon convention are the con's more neglected, productive aspects for female and queer youth.
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Communal Politics and the Tragic Love Narrative in Hindi Cinema

July 14, 2014
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Communal Politics and the Tragic Love Narrative in Hindi Cinema

As tragic romances, Ishaqzaade and Ram-Leela act as contemporary parables for India’s destabilized economic, political and cultural integrity.
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

July 10, 2014
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

As cases of so-called "category fraud" increase, the Emmy Awards' arbitrary points of distinction risk becoming the story.
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