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Walling the Garden and Putting the App into Apple Music

July 7, 2015
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Walling the Garden and Putting the App into Apple Music

Tim Anderson muses on Apple Music providing a walled garden of goods that, though they could not have imagined it to be successful, sounds great and has nothing revolutionary about it.
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Unpacking Rust, Race, and Player Reactions to Change

June 15, 2015
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Unpacking <em>Rust</em>, Race, and Player Reactions to Change

This spring, game designers of Rust courted controversy by assigning players unchangeable, racialized avatars. Adrienne Shaw unpacks how game design helped produce some of that player outrage.
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David Letterman: So Long to Our TV Pal

May 20, 2015
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David Letterman: So Long to Our TV Pal

Bradley Schauer argues that David Letterman’s brilliant late night talk show career would have been a nonstarter in today’s television landscape.
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The Wire, Freddie Gray, and Collective Social Action

April 28, 2015
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<i>The Wire</i>, Freddie Gray, and Collective Social Action

Why hasn’t The Wire, which showed us how structural racism and an abusive police department defines black life in Baltimore, translated into collective social action? Why are there only thousands in the streets? Where are the millions of fans of The Wire? And why aren’t they supporting black folks in Baltimore?
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The Peabody Awards and Dialogic Declarations of Value

April 24, 2015
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The Peabody Awards and Dialogic Declarations of Value

Media and cultural studies is right to be concerned about singular, monologic declarations of value, but there’s something to be learned from the Peabodys’ mode of deciding upon value dialogically.
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“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

April 17, 2015
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“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.
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The Jinx as Vigilante Documentary

April 16, 2015
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<i>The Jinx</i> as Vigilante Documentary

Supporting vigilante documentary as an acceptable approach to seeking "justice" is a potentially dangerous trend.
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Why NBC’s The Wiz Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

April 10, 2015
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Why NBC’s <em>The Wiz</em> Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

Alfred Martin asks why NBC turned to The Wiz over The Music Man as its next televised musical in this particular historical moment?
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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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On Tim Burton’s Dumbo

March 19, 2015
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On Tim Burton’s <i>Dumbo</i>

Last week's announcement that Tim Burton will direct a remake of Disney's Dumbo is a reminder that in Burton's career we witness the convergence of the aesthetic logic of allusionism and the corporate logic of franchising.​
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What to Make of the Historic Net Neutrality Win

March 11, 2015
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What to Make of the Historic Net Neutrality Win

The FCC’s new Open Internet rules are a major come-from-behind victory for net neutrality. How in the world did this actually get done? And what exactly happens now?
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Selma, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Most Important TV Newsfilm of the 20th Century

March 10, 2015
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Selma, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Most Important TV Newsfilm of the 20th Century

The most consequential TV newsfilm of the 20th century records the beating of voting rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. It led directly to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. With the 50th anniversary commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” network and cable news channels...
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The Walking Deadwood? The Western and the Post-Apocalyptic Tale

February 17, 2015
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The Walking Deadwood? The Western and the Post-Apocalyptic Tale

Can The Walking Dead be read as an unconscious desire to return to the frontier, or a cautionary warning about the destructive path of the modern world?
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The Back-story: The Feminist Achievement of Agent Carter

February 13, 2015
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The Back-story: The Feminist Achievement of Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter’s has been the center of many feminist critiques since its premiere earlier this year. Some praise the show as a victory for feminists and female fans, since Peggy Carter is the first female protagonist in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe franchise, while others criticize it for its blatantly obvious feminist messages. While I do...
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The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

February 4, 2015
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The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

Was Katy Perry's Super Bowl ride on a star resembling one made famous by a series of 1990s PSAs an example of cross-promotion? We don't know and NBC doesn't care--but the incident tells us something important about the logics of contemporary media industries.
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