Perspectives

“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch Downton Abbey in a Crowd”: Exploring the Downton Abbey Phenomenon

January 30, 2015
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“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch <i>Downton Abbey</i> in a Crowd”: Exploring the <i>Downton Abbey</i> Phenomenon

As season five of Downton Abbey airs in the U.S., Twin Cities Public Television’s rebranding efforts inspire an exploration of the expansive U.S. public television phenomenon.
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The End of “This Year’s Best in Television”

December 31, 2014
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The End of “This Year’s Best in Television”

With changes in how television is distributed and viewed, do we need to reconsider the annual "best of" TV lists?
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Santa’s Lousy Prison Guard: The Elf on the Shelf

December 23, 2014
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Santa’s Lousy Prison Guard: The Elf on the Shelf

If The Elf on the Shelf is trying to set up a panopticon, he's doing it all wrong.
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Jessica Lange’s Abject Femininity

December 20, 2014
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Jessica Lange’s Abject Femininity

Understanding the full complexity of Lange's recent work requires considering it as a layer in the sedimentation of her star text and acting style.
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Vemödalen and The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

December 2, 2014
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Vemödalen and The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Keonig’s Dictionary uses the linguistic power of naming to successfully transform affect into emotion.
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Of Algorithms and Audiences

November 24, 2014
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Of Algorithms and Audiences

“Desperately seeking the audience” of computational tools and digital methods for media studies research.
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Researching from within kids’ culture

November 22, 2014
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Researching from within kids’ culture

Caroline Ferris Leader explores alternative methodologies for working on children's media culture.
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Why is My Kid Watching That Lady Fondle Eggs?

November 21, 2014
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Why is My Kid Watching That Lady Fondle Eggs?

Advancing Our Way to the Bottom? My kids' “now” and “just what I wanted” style of viewership encourages them to be tiny, impatient content bullies.
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Moving Beyond Screen Time

November 20, 2014
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Moving Beyond Screen Time

What's all this nonsense about "screen time"?
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Reflections on the “Tinker-verse”

November 19, 2014
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Reflections on the “Tinker-verse”

Disney's “Tinker-verse” presents both compelling and troublesome aspects for a feminist media scholar-mom.
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Why Care About Radio Broadcast History in the On-Demand Digital Age?

November 17, 2014
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Why Care About Radio Broadcast History in the On-Demand Digital Age?

Locating and making publically accessible radio broadcasts and their supporting archival documents mitigates the generalized understandings that radio broadcasting’s past was a “mass” media of little variety, low quality and limited engagement.
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

November 11, 2014
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

Interstellar (2014) made its well-known debut last weekend. In Chicago, the film (yes, we can still call it that) screened in its “intended” format of 70mm at the Navy Pier IMAX. Its appearance there and at other such venues was predictably celebrated by old school cinephiles as yet another defiant declaration of celluloid’s continuing...
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

November 6, 2014
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

On September 15 of this year, Rosie Perez took her seat as the first permanent Latina co-host of The View, ABC-TV’s long-running daytime chat show. The network confirmed its hiring of Perez (an Oscar-nominated actress also known for her work as an author, filmmaker and activist) only a week or so prior to the...
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

November 5, 2014
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

The New York TV Festival's "Digital Day" makes one wonder just how independent the digital TV landscape is.
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Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Season 4: Toph makes for a mean, sarcastic Yoda

November 1, 2014
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<em>Avatar: The Legend of Korra</em>, Season 4: Toph makes for a mean, sarcastic Yoda

It’s just this week that The Legend of Korra's setups have begun to pay off. In this post, I interrogate the character of Toph and her relationship to Korra.
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