Archive for June, 2012

Sport in America: Our Defining Stories

June 29, 2012
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Sport in America: Our Defining Stories

While productions like Sport in America champion sport's cultural import, they tend to obscure the conditions that facilitate and restrict sport's apparent capacity to define us.
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Why Little Mosque Matters [Part 5]

June 28, 2012
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Why Little Mosque Matters [Part 5]

Why does Little Mosque matter to viewers, and why does it matter to television scholars?
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Mediating the Past: The Future of Media History

June 27, 2012
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Mediating the Past: The Future of Media History

We not only need to engage with historiographical ideologies and methods in times of shifting temporality and materiality; we need to protect physical media.
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Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Challenges of Distribution [Part 4]

June 26, 2012
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Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Challenges of Distribution [Part 4]

Program buyers in over ninety countries thought their audiences would find Little Mosque worth watching, but the upcoming Hulu premiere is the first time the show had U.S. distribution.
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Mascot Media: Framing the London Olympics

June 25, 2012
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Mascot Media: Framing the London Olympics

London 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville reveal the changing way that media brands, including the Olympics, are seeking to reconstruct themselves for the converged digital media environment.
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It’s the Euros, stupid!

June 22, 2012
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It’s the Euros, stupid!

A preview of the European Football Championship quarterfinal between Greece and Germany.
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: Jokes and the Contradictions of the Sitcom [Part 3]

June 21, 2012
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: Jokes and the Contradictions of the Sitcom [Part 3]

The conventions of the sitcom that Little Mosque on the Prairie adopted often worked at cross-purposes with humor’s potential to draw people’s assumptions about the world into question.
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 3]

June 20, 2012
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 3]

In the final installment of this series on podcaster Bob Frantz and his venture Boneyard Industries, the frustration that comes with advertising and getting local listeners on board is explored.
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Adaptation by Remix: Vidding Feminist Science Fiction

June 19, 2012
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Adaptation by Remix: Vidding Feminist Science Fiction

The video “Parable” by Chaila is a fascinating example of what the crossover of fandom and political engagement can achieve.
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FOX Formula 3.0?: TBS, Cougar Town, and the Disappearing Televisual Black Body

June 18, 2012
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FOX Formula 3.0?: TBS, Cougar Town, and the Disappearing Televisual Black Body

TBS’ agreement to air new episodes of Cougar Town may signal the next network to employ the "Fox Formula" whereby market share is built courting black viewership, only to be discarded once a critical mass of mainstream viewership is attained.
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On Prometheus and post-television cinema

June 15, 2012
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On Prometheus and post-television cinema

Is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus a half-baked pile of philosophical babble, or is it more seductively an early harbinger of a kind of post-television cinematic narrative—filmmaking in the age of television?
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: How Little Mosque Found a Home [Part 2]

June 14, 2012
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: How Little Mosque Found a Home [Part 2]

The various people involved in Little Mosque’s production were positioned differently in the communities between which they were mediating, and as a consequence, the factors that influenced their creative decisions differed, too.
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The MTV Tony Awards: Television’s De-Theatricalization of Broadway’s Biggest Night

June 13, 2012
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The MTV Tony Awards: Television’s De-Theatricalization of Broadway’s Biggest Night

True to form, this year’s Tony Awards laid bare its undying need to appear youthful, popular, and hip, all the while marginalizing the spirit of American theatre and those who participate in it. The broadcast looked less like a celebration of New York theatre and more like the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys rolled into...
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: Humor as a Medium of Translation [Part 1]

June 12, 2012
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Little Mosque on the Prairie: Humor as a Medium of Translation [Part 1]

Kyle Conway begins a multi-part series exploring the production of Little Mosque on the Prairie, a CBC sitcom set to debut in the U.S. on Hulu this month.
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 2]

June 11, 2012
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On Radio: Up From the Boneyard: Local Media, Its Digital Death and Rebirth [Part 2]

Upon being released after his home station embraced a format change, radio personality Adam Carolla responded by creating a "network" of podcasts he could use to sell advertisers listeners in aggregate. Bob Frantz quickly looked to this strategy as a way to continue an over-the-mic career after the death of a ten-year radio career...
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