If the development of a symbiotic relationship between actors and products in reality television is the casting director’s responsibility, then who is excluded by Absolut Vodka’s sponsorship of RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Django Unchained functions as a product of post-race logic that paradoxically deals with a culturally specific thematic–slavery–while making the central storyline so universal slavery functions as a terribly horrific backdrop for a love story.
Flipping through the post-Christmas sales, I’m reminded of how the TV show on DVD has become an ubiquitous part of our culture. But it’s those series or seasons of shows that are not for sale that tell a narrative of what’s worthy of archiving within our popular culture and collective memory.
Rudolph was created when gayness as identity was rarely represented on screens, instead shunned off into the shadowy world of coded meanings waiting to be activated by knowing readers or “appearing” as semiotic excess waiting to be queered through the practice of camp.
If Star Trek was once a foundation for the idea of taking fans seriously, then today it might simply be a sad commentary on fandom’s token function within the industry, another form of “crowdsourcing,” a destructive marriage based on the contradictory feelings of mutual dependence and contempt.
What Are You Missing? links back on 2012.
As the Canadian Museum of Civilization transforms into the Canadian Museum of History, it seems that meaningful conversations about historical issues that are actually formative of Canadian culture are less compelling than the $25 million incentive that comes with the tunnel vision of the Ministry of Heritage.
Canada’s sesquicentennial is eagerly anticipated by Canada’s Conservative government, which is planning a series of commemorative events. The trouble is, these events are contrived to commemorate the Conservative government far more than the nation’s glorious (or inglorious) pasts.
The Abigael Affair crystallizes the challenges of NPR’s campaign to re-create itself as a fully modern and digital multi-platform news, information, and culture channel, while maintaining its distinctive affective character.
Nick Jr.’s new NickMom lineup fits with its brand but ends up missing the mark with a core segment of its audience, highlighting the ambivalence surrounding contemporary representations of motherhood.
Christine Becker attended a media industry forum at Georgia State University and left with thoughts about challenges for both the media industries and academia in Atlanta.
A manifesta for feminist media criticism.
I want to do what I can to help keep this thing—feminist media studies—going for as long as it’s needed. I want to be the feminist media scholar I want to see in the world.
Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
While episodic gaming is a new frontier for how developers make games, it is perhaps an even larger divergence in terms of how we play games.