Archive for October, 2011

Life Is Not A Fairy Tale

October 31, 2011
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Life Is Not A Fairy Tale

Just in time for Halloween, ABC and NBC both rolled out new shows last week focusing on the basic premise that Fairy Tales are real and their protagonists, or their ancestors, are living somewhere in the United States.
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Sherlock and the representation of Chineseness

October 28, 2011
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Sherlock and the representation of Chineseness

In a text so concerned with updating the Victorian source material to the contemporary period, there is very little else to the representation of Chineseness; it seems that Sherlock Holmes can use SMS messaging and GPS tracking, but Chinese culture is rendered remarkably narrow via such reductive stereotypes.
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Dual Academic Couples and Long Distance Living

October 25, 2011
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Dual Academic Couples and Long Distance Living

Commuting is no way to work. It’s also no way to live. And yet I’m surprised by how many of us there are. Probably every professor knows at least one couple in a similar situation.
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Out of Time

October 24, 2011
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Out of Time

Each year, the anticipated fall premiere television season is followed by an equally exciting period: fall cancellation season. The failures of The Playboy Club and Pan Am raise the question of why we turn to period TV, especially post-Mad Men.
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Report From the Association of Internet Researchers Conference

October 21, 2011
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Report From the Association of Internet Researchers Conference

Ben Aslinger, Sean Duncan, and Liz Ellcessor provide some thoughts on IR12, the 12th annual Association of Internet Researchers conference, which was held in Seattle, October 10-13.
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Convergence Culture, Māori-Style: The Browning-Up of New Zealand?

October 20, 2011
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Convergence Culture, Māori-Style: The Browning-Up of New Zealand?

A look at Māori television media convergence and multiplatform expansion.
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Glee: Kurt and the Casting Couch

October 19, 2011
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<em>Glee</em>: Kurt and the Casting Couch

In the second episode of Glee’s new season, “I Am Unicorn,” Kurt’s character loses the romantic lead in the school musical, West Side Story, to his more masculine boyfriend Blaine. The episode was both fascinating and confounding because instead of interrogating masculinist gender hierarchies, usually one of the show’s great strengths, the show affirmed...
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Report from the UW-Madison Television Comedy Conference

October 17, 2011
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Report from the UW-Madison Television Comedy Conference

A summary of events and discussions that took place during the UW-Madison Television Comedy Conference.
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Digesting The Chew: Democracy & Distinction in Daytime

October 13, 2011
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Digesting The Chew: Democracy & Distinction in Daytime

A first look at ABC's The Chew that considers the show's indistinct identity and uneasy relationship with an as yet undetermined imagined audience.
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Problematic Promotional Moments

October 13, 2011
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Problematic Promotional Moments

What happens when the television production schedule leads to promotions which are out of date by the time they air?
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Occupy TV?

October 12, 2011
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Occupy TV?

A look at the differences between how Occupy Wall Street is framed on Fox News, MSNBC, and the Daily Show versus how greater, more diverse coverage circulates on Twitter.
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Single Motherhood and the Faculty Life

October 11, 2011
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Single Motherhood and the Faculty Life

Motherhood and academia are in many ways an uneasy mix. And even more so when it comes to single motherhood.
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Fighting Ephemerality: The 9/11 Television News Archive

October 10, 2011
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Fighting Ephemerality: The 9/11 Television News Archive

The archive has a tremendous role to play in helping researchers reconstruct the past as seen on television, but it also helps us pinpoint precisely how history's televised narrative is already a construct—a carefully crafted and complex set of signs and symbols.
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