Perspectives

Console Your Passions: A 2014 CP Conference Report

April 18, 2014
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Console Your Passions: A 2014 CP Conference Report

This year's Console-ing Passions conference emphasized the heritage and pedigree of the organization, as well as assessed the future contours of feminist media studies as a field.
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#SCMS14: Klout & The ‘Influence’ Economy

March 28, 2014
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#SCMS14: Klout & The ‘Influence’ Economy

Klout attempts to quantify the ephemeral, subjective concept of online influence through social media analytics. What does such a number mean for how we consider self-presentation online?
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

March 24, 2014
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Negotiations and Regressions of Cultural Politics in Disney’s Frozen

The politics of Disney's Frozen are indicative of symptomatic shifts within an otherwise largely entrenched ideological core.
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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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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

March 15, 2014
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The Art of Life: Cinema Verité and Melodrama Rendez-Vous in Robert Greene’s Actress

Now in its eleventh year, Columbia, Missouri’s True/False Film Festival is rapidly becoming a major stop on the North American festival circuit.
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Celebrating 25 years of Global Hypertext: World Wide Web!#♡@

March 12, 2014
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Celebrating 25 years of Global Hypertext: World Wide Web!#♡@

While Internet denizens celebrate the web’s “official” 25th anniversary today, we might pause to recognize how confusing and uncertain “inventions” and “births” sometimes are.
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Why Co-Produce? Elementary, Holmes.

March 11, 2014
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Why Co-Produce?  Elementary, Holmes.

What I mean by “transnational television co-production,” the tensions that shape it, and why I think it’s worth studying.
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Case Studies in Technological Change

March 10, 2014
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Case Studies in Technological Change

To paraphrase Robert Allen and Douglas Gomery in Film History: Theory and Practice, media depends on machines. Technology contextualizes industrial and stylistic change, reveals and obscures sites of cultural negotiation and meaning, and enables new modes of media production, circulation, and reception. The significance of technology to media studies has only become more acute...
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

February 27, 2014
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“Mother Daughter Sister Wife”: Gender on Comedy Central

Comedy Central has long courted young men with disconcerting portrayals of women, but several of its programs this spring provide small indications of a different politics of representation.
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

February 25, 2014
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Olympic commercials: A quick lesson in corporate ownership

it’s not enough to talk about individual companies trading in on the Olympics: many of the corporate sponsors are making money off of other companies making money off of the Olympics
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Sucks to Be Ru: America’s new Russian Other

February 21, 2014
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Sucks to Be Ru: America’s new Russian Other

The unending string of hilarious #SochiProblems and daily stories of government gluttony have positioned Russia as a sort of shadow version of the American Way of Life.
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Julie D’Acci on the Emergent Qualities of Sublimating Circuits

February 18, 2014
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Julie D’Acci on the Emergent Qualities of Sublimating Circuits

Does circulating information influence, inflect, or inhibit material relations in empirically verifiable ways? And do strategic interventions in the super-structural sphere actually promote sustainable social effects?
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My TV Valentine: Big Block Sing Song

February 14, 2014
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My TV Valentine: <i>Big Block Sing Song</i>

"Part Flight of the Conchords, part sincere, part ethnographic in their understanding of how kids’ heads work, and funny, relaxing, and ear-wormy, they are my favorite thing on television."
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A Love That Can’t Be Denied: Disney’s Muppets

February 13, 2014
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A Love That Can’t Be Denied: Disney’s Muppets

I always thought I would remain a Muppet curmudgeon, raving about authenticity and the good ol’ days of Jim Henson Muppet Mania. But it turns out I’m just a fool in love, unable to deny my heart what it wants: more Muppets.
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Bring a Guest: Hall in the Ideological House

February 11, 2014
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Bring a Guest: Hall in the Ideological House

Memories of the late Stuart Hall.
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