Archive for January, 2012

Accessing the Cinematic Cloud

January 31, 2012
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Accessing the Cinematic Cloud

Recent comparisons to the early experience of using an ATM seem to offer quite a bit of potential for describing how we will be buying and watching movies and television shows in the near future.
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SAG Awards Drink to Scorsese, Celebrate Union Merger

January 30, 2012
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SAG Awards Drink to Scorsese, Celebrate Union Merger

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are a bit of an oddity among the standard awards shows. They don’t have the glamour of the Oscars–though perhaps they do have a higher concentration of movie stars–and following so closely after the Golden Globes, their revelry appears more in the realm of office party than gala event....
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NBC’s SMASH: Not Exactly Smashing

January 27, 2012
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NBC’s SMASH: Not Exactly Smashing

As a fan of musical theater, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the premiere of SMASH, the new NBC drama about the behind-the-scenes adventures of a group of people attempting to open a new musical on Broadway. Though the show is set to premiere after the Super Bowl, NBC has already released the pilot for free...
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The Google+ Assignment

January 26, 2012
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The Google+ Assignment

This piece begins a series reflecting on the trials and tribulations of digital pedagogy.
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What has Privacy got to do with SOPA?

January 24, 2012
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What has Privacy got to do with SOPA?

I recently discovered a quirk in my Google news “alert” system: for some serendipitous reason, the system confuses “online privacy” (one of the key terms I’ve selected) with “online piracy” (a term that I did NOT select). Over the past few weeks, consequently, I’ve received a lot of articles about SOPA, which Google apparently...
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On Radio: “Mirth, Music, and Mayhem”: In Praise of The Best Show on WFMU

January 23, 2012
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On Radio: “Mirth, Music, and Mayhem”: In Praise of <i>The Best Show</i> on WFMU

Broadcast over Jersey City’s listener-supported radio station WFMU, The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling is what happens when many of commercial radio’s most noxious elements—bizarre callers, comedy routines, running gags, and irascible hosts—transform and coalesce into a singularly entertaining program perfectly calibrated for cult attraction.
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Abbeyites Get Down with Downton Abbey

January 20, 2012
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Abbeyites Get Down with Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey has proved to be a hit for PBS and its cultural significance is evident in the various ways its fans engage with the show and with the past it mediates for us.
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Red Carpet Tea Leaves & Hollywood Hijinks: Recapping the 2012 Golden Globes

January 17, 2012
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Red Carpet Tea Leaves & Hollywood Hijinks: Recapping the 2012 Golden Globes

The first in our series on awards shows, Matthew Connolly recaps the Golden Globes and considers the duality of their popular function.
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What Are You Missing? January 1-14

January 15, 2012
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What Are You Missing? January 1-14

Your #1 source for Lions Gate news returns with ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
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Specter of Legitimation: The Fading of NBC’s Thursday Legacy

January 14, 2012
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Specter of Legitimation: The Fading of NBC’s Thursday Legacy

While the actual “Must See TV” branding is all but gone, there remains a specter of legitimation surrounding the evening…at least in the eyes of NBC schedulers.
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On Radio: Radiolab and the Art of the Modern Radio Feature

January 11, 2012
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On Radio: <i>Radiolab</i> and the Art of the Modern Radio Feature

On Radio is a new Antenna column dedicated to contemporary radio programming and other issues surrounding the medium in all its forms. Here, in the series' first entry, Andrew Bottomley offers a critical appreciation of the radio feature Radiolab.
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Promoting an Uncertain Future: Showrunners (on Hiatus) on Twitter IV

January 5, 2012
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Promoting an Uncertain Future: Showrunners (on Hiatus) on Twitter IV

With NBC's Community and ABC's Cougar Town on hiatus, their respective showrunners' Twitter accounts become key outlets for implicitly or explicitly encouraging fan involvement and/or activism.
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Fantasy Football: Fandom Fail

January 4, 2012
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Fantasy Football: Fandom Fail

Fantasy football engenders a complex experience of fandom.
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