Mediating the Past

Mediating the Past: JFK and the Docudrama

November 22, 2013
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Mediating the Past: JFK and the Docudrama

On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this post considers how fictional depictions of Kennedy represent history and engage cultural memory.
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The Diets of the Goldbergs

August 20, 2013
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The Diets of the Goldbergs

Jennifer Lynn Jones explores dieting episodes in the classic family sitcom, The Goldbergs.
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Mediating the Past: Licensing History, One Game At a Time

November 30, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Licensing History, One Game At a Time

By licensing—and disciplining—history, the Assassin's Creed series seeks to turn cultural capital into gaming capital.
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Mediating the Past: Treme and the Stories of the Storm

November 14, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Treme and the Stories of the Storm

Treme does not simply revisit a post-Katrina sequence of events. It tracks the mediated versions of them, underlining, commenting and critiquing previous formulations, re-inventing the story and becoming part it.
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Mediating the Past: Sacred History and Sacrilegious Television Comedy

August 22, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Sacred History and Sacrilegious Television Comedy

For viewers too young to remember, moments of common historical importance are increasingly being inflected with the flippant attitude of sick humor.
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Mediating the Past: Radiolab Revisits the Crossroads

July 25, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Radiolab Revisits the Crossroads

The popular WNYC public radio program Radiolab weaves together interviews, historical records, artifacts, and music in the episode "Crossroads," which explores the cultural history surrounding blues musician Robert Johnson.
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Mediating the Past: History and Ancestry in NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Mediating the Past: History and Ancestry in NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Some of the most compelling episodes of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? are those where relatively little information about a celebrity’s ancestors can be found.
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Mediating the Past: The Future of Media History

June 27, 2012
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Mediating the Past: The Future of Media History

We not only need to engage with historiographical ideologies and methods in times of shifting temporality and materiality; we need to protect physical media.
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Mediating the Past: Mad Men’s Sophisticated Weekly Get Together

April 13, 2012
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Mediating the Past: Mad Men’s Sophisticated Weekly Get Together

While this media surge contributed to this season’s premiere becoming Mad Men’s highest rated episode ever, ratings are not really the point. Mad Men sustains AMC's brand, providing a specific and prestigious visibility that extends beyond those who actually watch. Mad Men also offers viewers the opportunity to feel simultaneously nostalgic for and superior...
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