Archive for July, 2012

Time Warner’s “Thought Leadership Seminar”

July 30, 2012
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Time Warner’s “Thought Leadership Seminar”

While Time Warner may expect educators to follow its "thought leadership," in fact industry programs give us the opportunity to develop our own informed critiques of media industry strategies.
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Talking About Rape Jokes (Again)

July 28, 2012
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Talking About Rape Jokes (Again)

When comedians like Daniel Tosh and Louis CK say or do something that is wrong or hurtful, we owe it to ourselves to talk about it in context.
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Being British: The London 2012 Opening Ceremony

July 27, 2012
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Being British: The London 2012 Opening Ceremony

For all intents, the Britishness that gets replaced with Englishness in the ceremony promises to be a specific kind of Englishness.
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Scripting the Olympic Games

July 26, 2012
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Scripting the Olympic Games

Two scripted BBC shows this week drew entertainment value from connections to the real London 2012.
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Mediating the Past: Radiolab Revisits the Crossroads

July 25, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Radiolab Revisits the Crossroads

The popular WNYC public radio program Radiolab weaves together interviews, historical records, artifacts, and music in the episode "Crossroads," which explores the cultural history surrounding blues musician Robert Johnson.
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Report From Console-ing Passions 2012

July 23, 2012
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Report From Console-ing Passions 2012

As a first-time Console-ing Passions Conference attendee, I learned that CP is more than a conference—it is a revival.
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Dark Knight Myths and Meanings

July 22, 2012
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Dark Knight Myths and Meanings

Dark Knight Rises is about the fragility of definitions, the limits of structures, and the illusion of binary oppositions.
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The Cheese Stands Alone: Downton Abbey’s Emmy Coup

July 19, 2012
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The Cheese Stands Alone: <i>Downton Abbey’</i>s Emmy Coup

PBS successfully transitions Downton Abbey from Miniseries to Drama Series by continuing to lean on the advantages afforded the former distinction.
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The All-Black Steel Magnolias and Gay Male Reception

July 18, 2012
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The All-Black <em>Steel Magnolias</em> and Gay Male Reception

Some gay men will tune in and enjoy the telefilm on its own merits while others already hate this remake because it isn't the 1989 theatrical version.
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From Henry VIII to Flash Mobs: Branding Britain at London 2012

July 17, 2012
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From Henry VIII to Flash Mobs: Branding Britain at London 2012

What image is Britain out to portray on the international stage with its branding of "GREAT Britain" for the London Olympics?
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Reflections on Yahoo’s Resumegate

July 16, 2012
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Reflections on Yahoo’s Resumegate

It's worth considering what Scott Thompson's resignation tells us about the different work cultures of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, as well as what it suggests about contemporary American culture.
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It’s Showtime: Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP

July 14, 2012
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It’s Showtime: Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's boo-worthy comments demonstrate his--and by extension, the Republican party's--stubborn incomprehension of the political, cultural, and historical issues within the African American community.
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Campaign Contributions: “Mainstreaming” the Emmy Race

July 13, 2012
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Campaign Contributions: “Mainstreaming” the Emmy Race

While usually confined to niche websites, the Emmy nomination race broke into mainstream outlets as digital pages are turned over to Emmy contenders in exchange for potential advertising revenue.
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Mediating the Past: History and Ancestry in NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Mediating the Past: History and Ancestry in NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Some of the most compelling episodes of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? are those where relatively little information about a celebrity’s ancestors can be found.
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Feminist Media Studies: Previewing Console-ing Passions 2012

Feminist Media Studies: Previewing Console-ing Passions 2012

As befits Console-ing Passions' twentieth anniversary, we are looking forward to using next week's gathering to take a pulse on the field of feminist studies.
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