Month: November 2012

It’s Science Time! ‘Princess Scientists’ and Princess Bubblegum

Instead of taking science and decorating it with feminine elements, we need to embrace the possibilities of the princess and the scientist dissolving into each other to form a true ‘princess scientist.’ Princess Bubblegum, from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, creates a space in science where being feminine is acceptable.

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Midwifes and Melodrama: Call the Midwife & PBS

PBS perhaps hoped that BBC1’s Call the Midwife could be their next big hit, following on from the success of ITV1’s Downton Abbey. Faye Woods contemplates the significance of Call the Midwife’s inability to match Downton Abbey’s ratings and buzz in the US.

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Psy, Let’s talk about Gangnam Style

While Gangnam Style may run the risk of mocking K-pop and becoming the new Macarena, it may be worth the risk, as Psy has (temporary) increased the visibility of the Korean Wave within the US.

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Magic Vaginas, The End of Men, and Working Like a Dog

Recent discourse has juxtaposed the magical power of vaginas, how easy it is to rape sluts, and how we shouldn’t be mean to Mrs. Romney by implying that she doesn’t work, alongside reports of some mythical majority of female breadwinners who were emerging victorious from the post-recessionary economic slugfest.

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“Easter Eggs,” Errata, and Apple Maps

In honor of Geography Awareness Week I thought it apropos to take a closer look at some participatory cultures and popular grievances that have concretized around errors in digital cartography — especially in light of the recent and now infamous mapping debacle, Apple Maps.

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