Archive for December, 2010

Tron’s Legacy

December 30, 2010
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Tron’s Legacy

After an extensive pre-release campaign, and whole lot of hype, Tron: Legacy opened to a rather disappointing weekend, only generating $44 million at the box office.
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Unsolved Mysteries of 9/11

December 28, 2010
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Unsolved Mysteries of 9/11

Signs of a deep and abiding popular skepticism toward the official conspiracy narrative of the 9/11 attacks continue rhizomically to proliferate through our media culture nearly a decade after the Mother of All Media Events.
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Survivor: Desert Island Politics

December 24, 2010
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<i>Survivor</i>: Desert Island Politics

I had stopped watching news channels recently, and perhaps I kept watching Survivor because it became a metaphor for the political situation I was trying to avoid.
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Why I Love Men of a Certain Age

December 22, 2010
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Why I Love <i>Men of a Certain Age</i>

Media audiences are getting older, the world is getting older, but there are few attempts to explore that in ways that capture both the drama and humor of aging. Here's one.
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Capitalizing on Multiculturalism: “Premium” Indian American Audiences and “American” advertisers

December 20, 2010
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Capitalizing on Multiculturalism: “Premium” Indian American Audiences and “American” advertisers

If we think of efforts by “American” entities to access “Indian American” spaces of culture, capital labor, and belonging as symptomatic of emergent modalities of the transnational, might we be able to see subtle shifts in the discourse of multiculturalism in the contemporary moment?
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Australian “Free” TV

December 19, 2010
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Australian “Free” TV

Australia's digital channels pose a threat to the free-to-air channels, so how do the latter fight back?
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Sifting Through the Trash: Guided Spectatorship at the Maury Show

December 17, 2010
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Sifting Through the Trash: Guided Spectatorship at the <i>Maury</i> Show

The most memorable part of being a Maury audience member was learning how the show achieves such a consistently united, cacophonous reaction from its audience: through coaching from the production crew.
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Late to the Party: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

December 15, 2010
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Late to the Party: <i>The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time</i> (1998)

As a games studies scholar, I risk my gamer credibility to admit that I have never played a single Zelda title.
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In Memoriam: The Late, Great Leslie Nielsen

December 13, 2010
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In Memoriam: The Late, Great Leslie Nielsen

Remembering the man Roger Ebert once called "the Olivier of spoofs."
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Late to the Party: It’s a Wonderful Life

December 8, 2010
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Late to the Party: <i>It’s a Wonderful Life</i>

For me, Jimmy Stewart and my hometown became one. As a teenager, I hated my hometown and small-town life in general. Why on earth would I watch the film on which my town based its image?
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Racist Rants as Rebranding Strategies

December 6, 2010
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Racist Rants as Rebranding Strategies

Juan Williams, Laura Schlessinger, Lou Dobbs, and Don Imus all used racially insensitive comments to renew flagging careers and reinvent themselves for a changed media environment. It's rebranding through racism.
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Posted in Industry, Perspectives, Politics, Radio, TV | 4 Comments »

WikiLeaks “Bombshell”: The CBC is the Enemy

December 1, 2010
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WikiLeaks “Bombshell”: The CBC is the Enemy

Considering the revelations which could emerge from WikiLeaks, news that U.S. Embassy Officials in Canada were vilifying CBC's fictional programming was...unexpected.
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Late to the Party: Myst and Why You Can Never Go Home Again

December 1, 2010
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Late to the Party: <em>Myst</em> and Why You Can Never Go Home Again

Welcome to our new feature, Late to the Party. Each week, our contributors will consume and report on a canonical or otherwise significant piece of media that they have missed until now. Next up: Kyra Glass von der Osten on Myst.
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