Archive for April, 2010

A Damaged Conclusion

April 30, 2010
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A Damaged Conclusion

Looking back at Damages, I realize it would have been right at home amidst '80s film narratives that demonized career women while asserting the proper place of women at the hearth in the home.
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Meet the Bigots: When Popular Culture and Unpopular Politicians Collide

April 29, 2010
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Meet the Bigots: When Popular Culture and Unpopular Politicians Collide

Rarely has television fiction been replicated and superseded by actual events as drastically as in Wednesday’s meeting of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown with Rochdale-based pensioner Gillian Duffy.
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Posted in Current Events, Politics | 3 Comments »

Glee Club: Performing Recordings

April 29, 2010
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<em>Glee</em> Club: Performing Recordings

Some thoughts on the peculiar nature of Glee's soundtrack and why it both pulls me in and repels me from the program.
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Is It OK to Type This?

April 28, 2010
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Is It OK to Type This?

How did the recent South Park controversy on depicting Mohammed contribute to our overall understanding of the issue?
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Getting Beyond the Thunderdome: David Brooks’ Fantastical “Riders on the Storm”

April 27, 2010
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Getting Beyond the Thunderdome: David Brooks’ Fantastical “Riders on the Storm”

Are people more open to new ideas when they get their daily news through the Internet or do they tend to use today's historically unparalleled access to support what they already think?
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Posted in Internet, Internet, Perspectives, Politics | 4 Comments »

The Right to Make Wrong TV?

April 26, 2010
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The Right to Make Wrong TV?

Later this year, the RightNetwork, a network dedicated to programming solely for conservatives, will launch. I’m intrigued by this network for a few reasons.
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Posted in Current Events, Industry, Perspectives, Politics, Politics, TV, TV | 15 Comments »

Report from Console-ing Passions 2010

April 25, 2010
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Report from Console-ing Passions 2010

At Console-ing Passions, you can expect scholarship on culture, identity, gender, and sexuality (as they relate to media) in every panel—and it’s great to mingle with so many brilliant feminist scholars!
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Mind The Gap: Watching Doctor Who in America

April 24, 2010
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Mind The Gap: Watching <i>Doctor Who</i> in America

What has Doctor Who looked like from "the other side of the pond"?
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Posted in Global, Perspectives, TV | 8 Comments »

Is the Auteur All Wet? On David Simon’s Adventures in Authenticity in Post-Katrina New Orleans

April 23, 2010
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Is the Auteur All Wet? On David Simon’s Adventures in Authenticity in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Is it problematic that Treme seems to hit some false notes? Only until the series begins to interrogate the authenticity tropes one might have expected it to create.
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Glee Club: “The Power of Madonna”

April 22, 2010
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<i>Glee</i> Club: “The Power of Madonna”

Antenna's weekly Glee Club column discusses "The Power of Madonna," semiotic democracy, and the pleasure of reinvention.
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Derivative By Any Other Name; or, A Cultural Approach to Fan Fiction Genre Theory

April 21, 2010
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Derivative By Any Other Name; or, A Cultural Approach to Fan Fiction Genre Theory

For the most part, fan fiction is like porn—we know it when we see it. And yet when asked to delineate its boundaries, the genre is surprisingly hard to categorize.
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Posted in Internet, Perspectives | 15 Comments »

Lost Wednesdays: Everything in its Right Place

April 21, 2010
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Lost Wednesdays: Everything in its Right Place

Are the final teams finally in place? Or are we moving the pieces toward another move?
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Posted in Columns, Current Events, Lost Wednesdays, TV | 14 Comments »

The Profound Danger of Glenn Beck

April 20, 2010
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The Profound Danger of Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck may say he is simply an entertainer with little interest in politics, but that is a lie. He has proven himself a political demagogue who employs a variety of well-worn rhetorical techniques, all of which, as history has shown, are dangerous.
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Posted in Celebrity/Stardom, Perspectives, Politics | 9 Comments »

‘New New’ Doctor Who: Brand Regeneration?

April 19, 2010
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‘New New’ Doctor Who: Brand Regeneration?

2010 poses a key threat to the brand, and to its 'flagship drama' status in the UK – what if a new Doctor, companion, and exec-producer team represents too much change for audiences to take?
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