Archive for December, 2011

SOPA: Just Say NOPA

December 22, 2011
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SOPA: Just Say NOPA

Whatever you’ve been doing on the internet in the last few weeks, chances are you ran across something about SOPA. And for good reason—SOPA might just be the most dangerous internet legislation the US government has ever considered.
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Lost and Found Doctor Who: Time-Travelling TV?

December 19, 2011
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Lost and Found <em>Doctor Who</em>: Time-Travelling TV?

The tantalising return of two episodes of early Doctor Who deserves celebration. But perhaps the tempting notion of two cultures or past/present eras of TV deserves a measure of critique.
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In Memoriam: Joe Simon, Co-Creator of Captain America

December 16, 2011
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In Memoriam: Joe Simon, Co-Creator of Captain America

Joe Simon may not have had the name recognition of some of his contemporaries, but his impact on the comic book medium was profound.
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End of Men on US Television?

December 14, 2011
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End of Men on US Television?

Trend pieces positing a "mancession" on network television schedules this fall overestimated the phenomenon.
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Spirituality, Excess, and the Pleasures of Survivor: South Pacific

December 13, 2011
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Spirituality, Excess, and the Pleasures of <em>Survivor: South Pacific</em>

Religion is a prominent concern on this season of Survivor. In an early episode, returning cast member Coach told Upolu tribe mate Brandon that it will be a struggle to play the game as moral Christian men. How well did these men do with this task? In the last episode, after saying he’s playing...
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What Are You Missing? Nov 27-Dec 10

December 11, 2011
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What Are You Missing? Nov 27-Dec 10

Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
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In Memoriam: Hal Kanter, the Creator of Julia

December 9, 2011
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In Memoriam: Hal Kanter, the Creator of <em>Julia</em>

The TV series lasted three years and only in its first season did it crack the Nielsen ratings’ top tier.  It has never had much of a presence in the syndication market, doesn’t show up on TV Land, and has never been in VHS or DVD release.  Julia, the NBC series created by Hal...
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Locked In on ESPN

December 7, 2011
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Locked In on ESPN

As the lights rose on a recent late night edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter, anchors Stuart Scott and Scott van Pelt grinned disingenuously, like desperate salesmen sampling crumb cake before demanding we sign for all eight units. ESPN had just wrapped coverage of an utterly forgettable college basketball game that saw No. 5 North Carolina...
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Ready to Chat?

December 6, 2011
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Ready to Chat?

To minimize the impact of the distance between us when we left graduate school, we committed to a weekly one-hour appointment. Though our weekly chats began as a way to maintain our friendship, they quickly became a way for us to continue to reap the benefits of our supportive work relationship and to navigate...
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Late to the Party: Band of Brothers

December 2, 2011
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Late to the Party: <i> Band of Brothers </i>

We resurrect our Late to the Party column with some reflections on HBO's 'Band of Brothers'.
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