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She’s Just Being Riley: The Sexual Politics of Girl Meets World

July 3, 2014
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She’s Just Being Riley: The Sexual Politics of <i>Girl Meets World</i>

The transition from Boy Meets World to Girl Meets World reflects changes in both the children's television landscape and cultural attitudes toward sexual harassment and girls' sexual autonomy.
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

July 1, 2014
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

While we typically judge Emmy diversity through the nominees, campaigns and ballots offer other spaces to explore politics of representation.
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The Many Faces of Tatiana: The Orphan Black Finale

June 23, 2014
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The Many Faces of Tatiana: The Orphan Black Finale

The season 2 finale of Orphan Black effectively showcased Tatiana Maslany's acting abilities, especially in its impromptu dance scene that featured the four clones.
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There Are Worse Things Fox Could Do: Grease Live and TV’s Sad Affair with the Live Musical

May 29, 2014
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There Are Worse Things Fox Could Do: Grease Live and TV’s Sad Affair with the Live Musical

In the era of multiple platform viewing and increased time-shifting, television turns to the musical. But Fox's selection of Grease seems to ignore a string of warning signs.
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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

May 21, 2014
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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

When fans are asked to crowdfund the marketing of a film that will exist without their support, the meanings of Kickstarter shift considerably.
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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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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

April 23, 2014
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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

How HBO's deal with Amazon Prime reflects its history of embracing new forms of distribution in the interest of connecting with and monetizing audiences unable or unwilling to subscribe to the channel.
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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 fandom, Blue Mountain State has the potential to live on despite lacking its progenitor's coverage, prestige, and formalized fan engagement.
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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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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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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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Rethinking Media Distribution

November 20, 2013
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Rethinking Media Distribution

Chuck Tryon discusses Jeff Ulin's latest book on media distribution, focusing on temporal and spatial considerations in a global, digital marketplace.
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Is Orange the New Television?

October 22, 2013
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Is <i>Orange</i> the New Television?

The success of Netflix's original series Orange is the New Black says something about our culture’s readiness for complex, sexually diverse female characters.
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