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Mario is Mobile!: Or (Nintendo’s Platform Panic?)

March 20, 2015
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Mario is Mobile!: Or (Nintendo’s Platform Panic?)

Nintendo's move into mobile gaming signals a shift in strategy, but one carefully articulated in order to—for now—maintain the company's gaming philosophy.
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And the Grammy Nominees are [On Twitter]…

December 5, 2014
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And the Grammy Nominees are [On Twitter]…

The Recording Academy's decision to use Twitter to announce its nominees reinforces social media's role in shaping industrial practice surrounding award shows.
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Bad Blood: “Taylor Swift” vs. Spotify

November 3, 2014
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Bad Blood: “Taylor Swift” vs. Spotify

The removal of the artist's songs from the streaming service represents the latest development in an ongoing distribution struggle in the music industry.
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Choose Your Own Narrative: The 2014 Emmy Awards

August 26, 2014
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Choose Your Own Narrative: The 2014 Emmy Awards

How this year's ceremony's lack of narrative created discursive space filled in by everything but the production itself.
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

July 10, 2014
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

As cases of so-called "category fraud" increase, the Emmy Awards' arbitrary points of distinction risk becoming the story.
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

July 1, 2014
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

While we typically judge Emmy diversity through the nominees, campaigns and ballots offer other spaces to explore politics of representation.
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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

May 21, 2014
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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

When fans are asked to crowdfund the marketing of a film that will exist without their support, the meanings of Kickstarter shift considerably.
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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

April 23, 2014
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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

How HBO's deal with Amazon Prime reflects its history of embracing new forms of distribution in the interest of connecting with and monetizing audiences unable or unwilling to subscribe to the channel.
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Bro-Friendly Fandom: The Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

April 16, 2014
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Bro-Friendly Fandom: The Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

By leveraging Kickstarter as a safe space for masculinized fandom, Blue Mountain State has the potential to live on despite lacking its progenitor's coverage, prestige, and formalized fan engagement.
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Negotiating Authorship: Showrunners on Twitter VI

December 19, 2013
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Negotiating Authorship: Showrunners on Twitter VI

Twitter serves not only as a platform for high-profile showrunners, but also a space where more nuanced television authorship is negotiated by writer-producers.
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The Personal Stakes of Social Media: Showrunners [Off] Twitter V

October 16, 2013
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The Personal Stakes of Social Media: Showrunners [Off] Twitter V

When a showrunner chooses to remove themselves from Twitter, they are removing themselves from not only professional opportunity but also a space for self-expression.
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Self-Important Spectacle: The 2013 Emmy Awards

September 23, 2013
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Self-Important Spectacle: The 2013 Emmy Awards

From the moment the ceremony began, it was clear that this was an evening set to celebrate television in the most misguided of ways.
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Disney Infinity: Behind the P(l)aywall [Part Three]

August 29, 2013
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Disney Infinity: Behind the P(l)aywall [Part Three]

Disney's latest venture aims to earn much of its value through creativity, but you'll have to play—and pay—for it.
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Disney Infinity: A Promotional Platform [Part Two]

August 28, 2013
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Disney Infinity: A Promotional Platform [Part Two]

Thinking about Infinity as a replacement for licensed tie-ins—as opposed to the creative revolution they claim—may still be overestimating Disney’s plans.
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Disney Infinity: A Low-Risk Revolution [Part One]

August 27, 2013
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Disney Infinity: A Low-Risk Revolution [Part One]

Disney Interactive's big gaming industry play comes with rhetoric of revolution, and a business model built on the success of other gaming platforms.
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