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Downloading Serial (part 4)

December 18, 2014
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Downloading <i>Serial</i> (part 4)

As Serial concludes, what does its successes and shortcomings teach us about the possibilities of podcasting?
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Star Wars Now: Fan Creativity and That Trailer

December 17, 2014
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Star Wars Now: Fan Creativity and <i>That</i> Trailer

As a researcher, the rich and creative fandom discursively surrounding a text that does-not-quite-exist yet provides a mélange of data.
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Interstellar: It’s About Hope, Not Just Science!

November 25, 2014
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Interstellar: It’s About Hope, Not Just Science!

Interstellar’s real value is as an exploration of memory, of hope, and of the power of dreaming of a better tomorrow for our kids.
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“Hope” for Net Neutrality?

November 13, 2014
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“Hope” for Net Neutrality?

President Obama’s statement calling on the FCC to implement the strongest possible net neutrality regulations is significant for many reasons, including what it signals about citizen engagement in communications regulation and the politics of media policy.
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The Cultural Significance of Booty Music

November 12, 2014
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The Cultural Significance of Booty Music

On the racial and gendered aspects of booty music, and how they remind us that the derriere is complex, ambivalent, and socially constructed.
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

November 11, 2014
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

Interstellar (2014) made its well-known debut last weekend. In Chicago, the film (yes, we can still call it that) screened in its “intended” format of 70mm at the Navy Pier IMAX. Its appearance there and at other such venues was predictably celebrated by old school cinephiles as yet another defiant declaration of celluloid’s continuing...
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Downloading Serial (part 3)

November 10, 2014
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Downloading <i>Serial</i> (part 3)

How do forensic fandom practices work when applied to a serialized non-fiction mystery?
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

November 5, 2014
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

The New York TV Festival's "Digital Day" makes one wonder just how independent the digital TV landscape is.
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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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A National Icon Deficit: What the Ghomeshi Scandal Illustrates About the State of CBC Radio One

October 31, 2014
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A National Icon Deficit: What the Ghomeshi Scandal Illustrates About the State of CBC Radio One

The sudden departure of Jian Ghomeshi from Q illustrates that the CBC's once innovative radio division needs to focus on developing new personalities and formats if it is to adapt to a rapidly evolving mediascape.
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Redefining “Public” Education: Reflections from GeekGirlCon, Seattle, October 11-12

Redefining “Public” Education:  Reflections from GeekGirlCon, Seattle, October 11-12

We have been to three girl-focused cons this summer and fall: LeakyCon, DashCon and GeekGirlCon. These cons are non-profit, largely run by volunteers, and provide alternative geeky spaces to male-dominated cons. These cons extend the work of social media such as Tumbr by providing safe public spaces where feminist, feminine, and queer young people can...
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Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Season 4: The rise of Girl Hitler

October 19, 2014
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Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Season 4: The rise of Girl Hitler

How Korra's move to online streaming mirrors the show's progressively conspicuous forays into interpersonal and sociopolitical depth and complexity.
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“Under the Vast Sky”: Cantopop Memories and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

October 16, 2014
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“Under the Vast Sky”: Cantopop Memories and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Against hegemonic memory-draining statist narratives and corporate projects, the Umbrella Movement is about remembering to struggle, and the struggle to remember.
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Downloading Serial (part 1)

October 13, 2014
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Downloading <i>Serial</i> (part 1)

This new form of serialized nonfictional podcasting is both compelling essential listening, and a challenge to our expectations for journalism.
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Debating the Return of Twin Peaks

October 11, 2014
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Debating the Return of <i>Twin Peaks</i>

Amanda Ann Klein makes her case for the prosecution as to why Showtime should leave Twin Peaks alone; Dana Och and Jason Mittell argue for the defense by sharing why they are excited to return to the woods.
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