“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

April 17, 2015
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“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.
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The Jinx as Vigilante Documentary

April 16, 2015
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<i>The Jinx</i> as Vigilante Documentary

Supporting vigilante documentary as an acceptable approach to seeking "justice" is a potentially dangerous trend.
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American Idols: ‘Roxy,’ Major Bowes, and Early Radio Stardom

April 14, 2015
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American Idols: ‘Roxy,’ Major Bowes, and Early Radio Stardom

Ross Melnick provides historical context necessary to understand the prevalence of talent programs on contemporary American network television.
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Why NBC’s The Wiz Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

April 10, 2015
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Why NBC’s <em>The Wiz</em> Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

Alfred Martin asks why NBC turned to The Wiz over The Music Man as its next televised musical in this particular historical moment?
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Game of Thrones: Adaptation and Fidelity in an Age of Convergence

April 9, 2015
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<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Adaptation and Fidelity in an Age of Convergence

Using the case of Game of Thrones, Iain Robert Smith considers what happens to fidelity criticism when a show goes beyond the published material and starts to “adapt” material...
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“Television Aesthetics” versus Formal and Stylistic Analysis

April 8, 2015
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“Television Aesthetics” versus Formal and Stylistic Analysis

Piers Britton reflects on the unacknowledged divergences in use of the term “aesthetic” within television studies, and suggests that some of the elisions are leading to unproductive argument. ...
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Volunteers Wanted: Transforming SCMS From Within

April 3, 2015
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Volunteers Wanted: Transforming SCMS From Within

Karen Petruska reflects on the importance of conference participation in the form of SIGs, committees, and public policy and promotion, all of which operate as the less visible yet...
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The Importance of Being SIG’d: Scholarly Interest Groups and Their Role at SCMS

April 2, 2015
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The Importance of Being SIG’d: Scholarly Interest Groups and Their Role at SCMS

Collenn Glenn reports on the significance of specialized scholarly interest groups for academic organizations like the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), which held its annual conference in...
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#DHSCMS: Digital Humanities, Tools, and Approaches at SCMS 2015

April 1, 2015
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#DHSCMS: Digital Humanities, Tools, and Approaches at SCMS 2015

Derek Long continues our series of SCMS 2015 conference reports with a summary and assessment of some of the digitally-oriented panels and presentations.
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Radio Studies at SCMS: From Justification to Exploration

March 31, 2015
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Radio Studies at SCMS: From Justification to Exploration

Bill Kirkpatrick continues our week-long series of reports from the SCMS 2015 conference. He argues that radio studies within SCMS is coming into its own, and the Society is...
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