Archive for August, 2012

Managing the Academic Job Market: How Not to Lose Your Mind

August 31, 2012
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Managing the Academic Job Market: How Not to Lose Your Mind

There are ways to manage the isolating and often unspoken struggles being on “the market.” Here are seven ideas to start the conversation.
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“A Mission to Civilize”: In Defense of The Newsroom’s Fans

August 30, 2012
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“A Mission to Civilize”: In Defense of The Newsroom’s Fans

A bevy of alarmingly disdainful reviewers has flocked to The Newsroom. Unfortunately, it’s the fans they’re sneering at.
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“Uhhh…”: Negotiating Tina Belcher’s Sexuality

August 29, 2012
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“Uhhh…”: Negotiating Tina Belcher’s Sexuality

Bob's Burgers' Tina Belcher is arguably the program's breakout character and has the potential to be one of American broadcast television's most subversive girl characters.
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Save “Their” Show: Public Appeals of Studio Campaigning

August 28, 2012
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Save “Their” Show: Public Appeals of Studio Campaigning

As DirecTV, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon emerge as players in content distribution, we are seeing evidence of active campaigning by production studios finding new homes for their canceled shows.
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

August 27, 2012
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The Face (and Laugh) that Launched a Thousand Bits

A farewell to Phyllis Diller from a reverent scholar-fan.
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A Glee Vid in Memory of Alex Doty

August 24, 2012
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"My love's too big for you my love": an offering for those who admired Alexander Doty and his work (as well as those who enjoy Glee's Kurt Hummel).
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“You Want Me to Be Anderson Cooper”: Negotiating Queer Visibility on Husbands

August 23, 2012
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“You Want Me to Be Anderson Cooper”: Negotiating Queer Visibility on <i>Husbands</i>

Beyond the issue of depicting same-sex intimacy, Husbands does not really challenge the current norms of queer visibility.
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Mediating the Past: Sacred History and Sacrilegious Television Comedy

August 22, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Sacred History and Sacrilegious Television Comedy

For viewers too young to remember, moments of common historical importance are increasingly being inflected with the flippant attitude of sick humor.
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Pinning Postfeminism

August 21, 2012
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Pinning Postfeminism

The "pins" on display on Pinterest demonstrate postfeminism in their mixed messages regarding contemporary femininity.
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Making the Past Sparkle

August 20, 2012
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Making the Past <em>Sparkle</em>

The contemporary remake of the 1976 film works to reshape the ways in which mass mediated blackness is understood.
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Gender and Authorship in Ruby Sparks

August 15, 2012
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Gender and Authorship in <i>Ruby Sparks</i>

Ruby Sparks questions limited and unrealistic representations of women, as well as the familiar tropes of the romantic comedy.
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Little England: The London 2012 Closing Ceremony

August 14, 2012
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Little England: The London 2012 Closing Ceremony

If the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was full of sound and fury, the closing ceremony signified nothing.
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Liveness with a Lag: Temporality & Streaming Television [Part 2]

August 13, 2012
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Liveness with a Lag: Temporality & Streaming Television [Part 2]

Devices like Roku that sync existing television sets with the Internet are imperfect technologies.
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In Memorium: Thanking Alexander Doty

August 12, 2012
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In Memorium: Thanking Alexander Doty

I hope through my writing and my teaching, Doty will have many more students in the years to come.
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A Star Was Born: The Inspiring Life and Work of Alexander Doty

August 10, 2012
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A Star Was Born: The Inspiring Life and Work of Alexander Doty

Alexander Doty's work has inspired my own as a young academic; he will continue to inform and empower young queer individuals like myself long after his or my time.
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