Politics

“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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Popular Culture and Politics: The Hunger Games 3-Finger Salute in Thai Protests

June 4, 2014
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Popular Culture and Politics: The Hunger Games 3-Finger Salute in Thai Protests

Thai protesters' appropriation of the three-finger salute articulates the relationship between popular culture and politics and places the protests within a history of fan-based civic engagement.
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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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On Leaving the Game Early

June 20, 2013
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On Leaving the Game Early

Miami Heat fans' early exit from game six of the NBA Finals is the latest flashpoint in mediated discussions of Florida this year.
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Letterman’s “Stooge of the Night” and Late Night Politics

May 11, 2013
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Letterman’s “Stooge of the Night” and Late Night Politics

Within the context of network late night television, David Letterman's shaming of senators opposed to gun control is startlingly bold.
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WWE vs. Glenn Beck: Potshots to Publicity, Controversy to Cash

February 28, 2013
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WWE vs. Glenn Beck: Potshots to Publicity, Controversy to Cash

While the issue is ostensibly about the negative portrayal of the Tea Party, Glenn Beck and WWE have taken advantage of the situation for publicity.
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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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“Depiction is not Endorsement”: Representing Torture in Zero Dark Thirty

January 22, 2013
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“Depiction is not Endorsement”: Representing Torture in <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i>

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty has ignited a virtual powder keg of controversy regarding its depictions of the use of torture as a means of getting information during the ten-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. Despite complaints that it justifies the use and effectiveness of torture, the film cannot be dismissed so easily.
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Fox News’ Post-Election Post-Mortem?

November 10, 2012
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Fox News’ Post-Election Post-Mortem?

With election results now in, attention has inevitably turned to the one media source that has seemingly dedicated itself, 24/7, to making sure Obama was defeated and Republicans would take control of the Senate: Fox News.
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Methods of Failure: How Political Journalism lost the US Presidential Election to Nate Silver

November 8, 2012
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Methods of Failure: How Political Journalism lost the US Presidential Election to Nate Silver

Wednesday morning left both the electoral map and Republican politicians feeling a little blue, yet there was another group in need of collective introspection: political journalists, commentators and pundits.
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That’s Debatable: Truth and Values in the Vice-Presidential Debate

October 14, 2012
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That’s Debatable: Truth and Values in the Vice-Presidential Debate

How fact-checking and the win/lose paradigm may distract voters from the more important moments in a debate.
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Revisiting the Political Dimensions of John Fiske’s Work

September 5, 2012
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Revisiting the Political Dimensions of John Fiske’s Work

Part one in a series on "The Wisconsin Discourses."
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It’s Showtime: Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP

July 14, 2012
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It’s Showtime: Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's boo-worthy comments demonstrate his--and by extension, the Republican party's--stubborn incomprehension of the political, cultural, and historical issues within the African American community.
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