Month: December 2012

Archiving Blackness: The DVD and Cultural Memory

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.

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A Merry Queer Christmas: Queering Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

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.

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Star Trek into (Fandom’s) Darkness

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.

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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part II)

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.

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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part I)

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.

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On Radio: Driveway Moment

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.

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