Archive for November, 2011

Playing Like a Girl: Feminist Praxis as Feminist Pragmatics

November 30, 2011
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Playing Like a Girl:  Feminist Praxis as Feminist Pragmatics

June Millington may not be as well known as some other rock figures, but her music and activism have made - and continue to make - a significant impact on the lives of girls and women who aspire to play music and participate in the music industry.
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Of Motorcycles and Melodrama

November 28, 2011
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Of Motorcycles and Melodrama

Sons of Anarchy has often been described as Hamlet on Harleys for good reason. But my readings of late have me thinking that the show actually offers some really different inflections on Modleski’s Loving with a Vengeance.
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Circles, Charmed and Magic

November 25, 2011
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Circles, Charmed and Magic

Adrienne Shaw interrogates the stigma associated with the solitary gamer by applying queer theory to games studies, arguing in the process for a broader consideration of how these two scholarly approaches might work together.
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In Thanks: To The Documentary Group for America In Primetime

November 23, 2011
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In Thanks: To The Documentary Group for <i>America In Primetime</i>

The four part look at US television, America in Primetime, has been extraordinary, offered me new ideas, and left me reminded of the possibilities of the medium and with renewed thanks that I earn a living studying it.
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NCA in NOLA: A tale of Frenchman Street and Feminism

November 22, 2011
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NCA in NOLA: A tale of Frenchman Street and Feminism

This years National Communication Association came with a side of jazz and jambalaya. Held in New Orleans, two hotels on canal street were overtaken with communication scholars from all over the country.
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Situation Without Comedy

November 20, 2011
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Situation Without Comedy

FOX's new animated sitcom Allen Gregory trades heavily in humiliation. Cynthia Chris examines the comedic resonance of this sort of situation in light of recent events.
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A Song of Ice and Trading Cards: Licensing HBO’s Game of Thrones

November 18, 2011
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A Song of Ice and Trading Cards: Licensing HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>

The licensing process for the HBO series highlights the challenge of balancing a level of control over the quality of products related to the series with efforts to both monetize and expand its audience.
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An Oscar for Andy?

November 16, 2011
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An Oscar for Andy?

20th Century Fox is mounting an Oscar campaign for The Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis. Tama Leaver examines the potential implications of this sort of virtual acting or 'synthespian' (synthetic thespian) performance for our understanding of what it means to act or perform.
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Crowds, Words, and the Futures of Entertainment Conference

November 15, 2011
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Crowds, Words, and the Futures of Entertainment Conference

At FoE no one group is set up as knowing what’s going on, the other(s) being left simply to write notes. And thus it’s an interesting, if sometimes awkward exercise in talking across paradigms, goals, and vocabulary.
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On Norman Corwin, Poet Laureate of American Radio

November 11, 2011
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On Norman Corwin, Poet Laureate of American Radio

Norman Corwin's recent passing provides an ideal opportunity to consider the legacy of the man who has often been described as the poet laureate of American radio.
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Notes on the Laugh Track

November 9, 2011
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Notes on the Laugh Track

The laugh track has persisted through decades of popular suspicion and disdain, but lately it has come to seem newly disreputable.
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How to be an Independent Scholar

November 8, 2011
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How to be an Independent Scholar

Being an independent scholar means that research and academic writing must be redefined as pleasure: I research instead of watching TV or reading a book; I write instead of meeting with friends or going shopping; I edit and do professional activities at the cost of my family time.
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Moving

November 1, 2011
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Moving

Academic life requires that one be able to move on command. But how does one do that?
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