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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 fan engagement, Blue Mountain State has the potential to live on despite lacking the mainstream coverage, prestige, and formalized fan engagement of its progenitor.
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Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

April 11, 2014
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Colbert’s Move to the Late Show

Risks, rewards, and a pair of empty shoes; how much can his political edge can he retain?
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

April 7, 2014
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Johnny Weir’s Divorce and the Burden of Representation

Johnny Weir's divorce challenges his status as one of the few openly gay American athletes, as well as the popular image of gay marriage and divorce in America.
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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

March 26, 2014
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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

How to transform the potential of online communities like Simple Machine into local, public support for independent filmmaking?
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True Detective’s True Detectives

March 20, 2014
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True Detective’s True Detectives

What I am interested here is the audience of forensic textual foragers that, like the true detectives themselves, followed the scattered bread crumbs that led towards, not the yellow brick road, but the yellow king and the city of Carcosa.
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Exploring True/False

March 18, 2014
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Exploring True/False

Each winter, as February becomes March, Columbia, Missouri transforms itself into a grand stage for the True/False film fest, a four-day international nonfiction film festival.
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Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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A “Look Back” At What Exactly?

February 24, 2014
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A “Look Back” At What Exactly?

My Facebook "Look Back" video was so curiously curated, uneventful, and unrepresentative of how I perceive my Facebook use that I’m still thinking about it weeks after it was generated.
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What Are You Missing? Jan 13 – Jan 26

January 26, 2014
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What Are You Missing? Jan 13 – Jan 26

Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
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What Are You Missing? Dec 30 – Jan 12

January 12, 2014
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What Are You Missing? Dec 30 – Jan 12

Back from the break, here are ten or more media industry news items you might have missed recently.
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

December 27, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

While teaching an undergraduate film module this week, I asked my student cohort to come up with any female-led film franchises. We were discussing gender and I was trying to illustrate how inequality still persists in the twenty-first century both at the level of industry and aesthetics. Masculine film franchises were easy and the...
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Amazon’s Betas: From the Valley to the City

December 23, 2013
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Amazon’s Betas: From the Valley to the City

Space is not neutral, especially the mobile app world in San Francisco.
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Fordian Slip: On the Mayor Rob Ford Scandal

December 13, 2013
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Fordian Slip: On the Mayor Rob Ford Scandal

The underlying discourse of the interview is that media scrutiny and critique is the modus operandi of liberal/leftist/elitists. But who, exactly, are the elitists?
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

December 9, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

Female-led film franchises are few and far between, especially in the traditionally masculine genres of science fiction and fantasy. There are, of course, exceptions to this ‘rule’ which I shall discuss in a moment – but, firstly, I would like to point out that I am not implying that so-called ‘boy’s genres’ – science...
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