Author: Alfred Martin

Alfred L. Martin, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin, studies critical race theory, queer theory, reception studies, television studies and black queer theory. His work has also been published in Spectator and the Journal of Black Masculinity and will have essays featured in forthcoming anthologies on Blaxploitation films and contemporary musicals. He also contributes to Flow and can be followed @AlMartinMedia on Twitter.

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.