Archive for February, 2011

Compulsory Masculinity on The Jersey Shore

February 26, 2011
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Compulsory Masculinity on <i>The Jersey Shore</i>

The oppression of women is a daily activity for the men of the Jersey Shore, but so is the production of male beauty and labor in the domestic sphere.
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Through the Lens: The Wisconsin Protests in Photos

February 21, 2011
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Through the Lens: The Wisconsin Protests in Photos

As we enter the second week of protests, it seems a good time to look back and gain some perspective on the people, places and moments which have placed Wisconsin in the national and international spotlight.
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“We are Wisconsin”: Building Collective Identity in the Wisconsin Protests

February 20, 2011
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“We are Wisconsin”: Building Collective Identity in the Wisconsin Protests

As I have joined in the vibrant, energetic, and peaceful demonstrations against the Budget Repair Bill at the Wisconsin State Capitol, I have been struck by how those demonstrating have constituted a collective identity for themselves as Wisconsinites.
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Public Protest and Public Screens

February 20, 2011
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Public Protest and Public Screens

I’m reminded of an argument made by rhetoric scholars Kevin DeLuca and Jennifer Peeples that we need to rethink the notion of the public sphere because so much of our democratic enactments happen not in a sphere, but on what they call the “public screen.”
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Embodied Voices and the Protests in Madison

February 19, 2011
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Embodied Voices and the Protests in Madison

The protests in Madison have demonstrated forcefully the power of an alternative to the opinion poll, an embodied voice of the people.
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Protests in Wisconsin

February 18, 2011
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Protests in Wisconsin

As you may’ve heard, something is going on in the state of Wisconsin.
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The State of Reality TV: When Reality Worlds Collide

February 16, 2011
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The State of Reality TV: When Reality Worlds Collide

What does the rumored union between Pauly D and Farrah Abraham “mean” to us, and what does it tell us about the state of contemporary reality television?
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Egypt, why?

February 14, 2011
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Egypt, why?

Real life doesn't always have a proper narrative, at least while it's in the process of composing itself.
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The State of Reality TV: How Joel McHale and Chelsea Handler Saved My Life

February 10, 2011
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The State of Reality TV: How Joel McHale and Chelsea Handler Saved My Life

Much as with the celebrated film Showgirls, a lot of reality TV is unintentionally funny, and the comic framings of both shows aim to make you laugh at even the most serious moments.
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Millennial Address and Narrative Synthesis: Another Look at Pretty Little Liars

February 8, 2011
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Millennial Address and Narrative Synthesis: Another Look at Pretty Little Liars

Does Pretty Little Liars hold the key to millennial narrative construction?
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News Media and the Comic Book Narrative

February 7, 2011
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News Media and the Comic Book Narrative

Why do news media circulate comic book spoilers before special issues hit the stands?
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The State of Reality TV: When in the World is Project Runway?

February 5, 2011
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The State of Reality TV: When in the World is <i>Project Runway</i>?

While the basic format of Project Runway has made its way to other countries, its scheduling model has been lost in translation.
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