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Only Marginally More Unreal: Reconsidering CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370

May 12, 2014
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Only Marginally More Unreal: Reconsidering CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370

With its reliance on speculation, dependence on simulation, and occasional swerves into absurdity, CNN's coverage of Malaysia Airlines 370 indexes the incomprehensibility of this disaster, marked by the failures of so many systems that seemed to promise safety, visibility, and order.
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Current TV, Al Jazeera America, and the Experience of the Foreign

January 29, 2013
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Current TV, Al Jazeera America, and the Experience of the Foreign

The sale of U.S. cable station Current TV to the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera raises questions about how a foreign network might explain Americans to themselves. Might Al Jazeera provide a foreign lens for Americans to examine themselves? What would that even look like?
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Little England: The London 2012 Closing Ceremony

August 14, 2012
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Little England: The London 2012 Closing Ceremony

If the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics was full of sound and fury, the closing ceremony signified nothing.
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Being British: The London 2012 Opening Ceremony

July 27, 2012
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Being British: The London 2012 Opening Ceremony

For all intents, the Britishness that gets replaced with Englishness in the ceremony promises to be a specific kind of Englishness.
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

April 5, 2012
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Imported by Justin Bieber: Carly Rae Jepsen and Transnational Stardom

Carly Rae Jepsen's Justin Bieber-supported breakthrough offers a case study for how difficult it is for stardom to remain transnational when moving into the U.S. market.
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Capitalizing on Multiculturalism: “Premium” Indian American Audiences and “American” advertisers

December 20, 2010
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Capitalizing on Multiculturalism: “Premium” Indian American Audiences and “American” advertisers

If we think of efforts by “American” entities to access “Indian American” spaces of culture, capital labor, and belonging as symptomatic of emergent modalities of the transnational, might we be able to see subtle shifts in the discourse of multiculturalism in the contemporary moment?
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The ACTA Retreat: Their Ignorance, And Ours

October 21, 2010
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The ACTA Retreat:  Their Ignorance, And Ours

The ACTA retreat is indicative of a larger crisis in how media policy works today. Specifically: we have no idea how media policy works today.
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What Do You Think? The Chilean Mine Rescue

October 15, 2010
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What Do You Think? The Chilean Mine Rescue

The rescue of a group of Chilean miners this week has become a media phenomenon. We want your opinion on it all.
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Simpsonic Business as Usual?

October 11, 2010
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Simpsonic Business as Usual?

Last night, the Banksy-directed opening credit sequence “couch gag” for The Simpsons took us into the sweatshop behind the franchise. As executive producer Al Jean noted, “This is what you get when you outsource.”
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What the Quran Burning Episode is NOT About

September 15, 2010
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What the Quran Burning Episode is NOT About

As the media hand-wringing continues over whether Rev. Terry Jones's Quran book-burning stunt deserved so much media attention, commentators miss the more important points about this episode and its relationship to contemporary political culture.
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The Lingering Power of the Domestic Box Office

June 11, 2010
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The Lingering Power of the Domestic Box Office

International audiences seem to dig Jake Gyllenhaal’s abs more than Americans do – but is that enough to save the Prince of Persia film franchise?
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Misreading pleasure: from pro-social soaps to ICT4D

June 7, 2010
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Misreading pleasure: from pro-social soaps to ICT4D

The information and communication technologies for development (ITC4D) initiative can and should be more than developmentalism. How can we think more broadly about the pleasures of engaging with emerging media?
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Google leaving China?

January 13, 2010
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Google leaving China?

In a quiet blog post with major ramifications, Google announces that it is no longer willing to censor search results in China. What happens next?
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