Archive for August, 2010

What’s Happening to Don Draper?: Mad Men and the Waning Value of Masculine Detachment

August 31, 2010
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What’s Happening to Don Draper?: <i>Mad Men</i> and the Waning Value of Masculine Detachment

Unlike any other episode to date, “Waldorf Stories” stresses the importance of masculine disengagement by creating a context in which this mode is no longer available to Don.
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What Do You Think? The Emmys

August 30, 2010
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What Do You Think? The Emmys

The 62nd Primetime Emmys aired last night on NBC with a first-time host, and several first-time winners. There's much to discuss, and at Antenna, we're curious: what do you think?
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Summer Media: American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Shows About Stuff

August 28, 2010
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Summer Media: <i>American Pickers</i>, <i>Pawn Stars</i>, and Shows About Stuff

The documentary reality TV series American Pickers and Pawn Stars are two of this summer's hottest original shows on cable. And yet, how is that shows about collecting really expensive stuff are so popular amidst an economic recession?
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Posted in Columns, Summer Media | 2 Comments »

Part-time Occupation

August 27, 2010
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Part-time Occupation

Keeping shooting schedules is hard enough under perfect conditions. For producers in the West Bank things are never perfect. For a scholar, for better and for worse, that’s part of the story.
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Vampire Shows and Gendered Quality Television

August 26, 2010
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Vampire Shows and Gendered Quality Television

If I were to pick a worthy successor of Buffy's Sunnydale, it would be Mystic Falls rather than Bon Temps.
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Posted in Perspectives, TV | 15 Comments »

Kids Today

August 25, 2010
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Kids Today

Kids are being sexualized these days. And, wouldn’t you know it, popular culture is said to be at fault
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“You’re Not Going to Kill This Account”: Mad Men, Racial Prejudice, and History

August 24, 2010
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“You’re Not Going to Kill This Account”: Mad Men, Racial Prejudice, and History

Mad Men begs the question of how the 1960s embodied by our characters informs the present world that we now inhabit. What would it mean if we are the inheritors not of only the brave triumphs of the Freedom Riders, but also of the indifference or disinterest of people who felt unaffected by them?
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From Painting to Cinema: A Skeptical Look

August 23, 2010
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From Painting to Cinema: A Skeptical Look

When, if at all, can we appeal to painting to explain a filmmaker's work?
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Posted in Film, Perspectives | 11 Comments »

Chinese Deadwood in Malawi

August 19, 2010
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Chinese <i>Deadwood</i> in Malawi

American TV in Malawi, by way of China and South Africa. What are we to make of the cultural intermediaries, and what does this say about global media flow?
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Selling Style: Mad Men and the Fashioning of Femininity

August 17, 2010
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Selling Style:  Mad Men and the Fashioning of Femininity

"The Rejected" is an episode in which how the characters look was central to the meanings on offer.
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What Are You Missing? August 1-August 14

August 15, 2010
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What Are You Missing? August 1-August 14

And...we’re back. Ten (or more) media industry stories you might have missed recently.
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Geek Hierarchies, Boundary Policing, and the Good Fan/Bad Fan Dichotomy

August 13, 2010
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Geek Hierarchies, Boundary Policing, and the Good Fan/Bad Fan Dichotomy

We may be several decades removed from the emotional upheavals of the culture debates, but popular studies remains a readily mocked area in mainstream media, especially as universities are often asked to produce efficient and effectual employees rather than well rounded individuals.
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Grown-Up Government: Bindi Irwin for Prime Minister! (Or President!)

August 11, 2010
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Grown-Up Government: Bindi Irwin for Prime Minister! (Or President!)

In the Inception election, is there anyone left in Australia who harbours political ambitions, personal integrity, a strong stance on environmental issues, and a unified and universal identity? Crikey, yes!
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Mad Men vs Sherlock: What Makes a Fandom?

August 10, 2010
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Mad Men vs Sherlock: What Makes a Fandom?

Over the past few weeks, we've had the opportunity to watch a fandom take root at double speed. And despite the purpose of this Antenna series, I'm not talking about Mad Men.
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