Perspectives

Tammi Terrell: Marketing Mortality and Reading Album Art

March 27, 2015
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Tammi Terrell: Marketing Mortality and Reading Album Art

Marvin Gaye has been in the headlines in recent weeks, thanks to a court decision holding musicians Pharrell and Robin Thicke responsible for borrowing Gaye’s intellectual property in their single, “Blurred Lines.” While Gaye’s family has much to gain in safeguarding his legacy and its profit potential, the challenge of outside parties negotiating the...
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Aesthetics and Affiliation in Gotham

March 24, 2015
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Aesthetics and Affiliation in <i>Gotham</i>

When Fox’s drama Gotham first premiered, it immediately became clear that its villains were going to be one of the primary foci. After all, while the series’ ostensible protagonists are Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the very young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Gotham’s aesthetic suggests that it is actually the two primary villains, Fish Mooney...
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Radio Studies at SCMS 2015

March 23, 2015
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Radio Studies at SCMS 2015

Alex Russo previews the radio oriented papers, workshops, and presentations at this week's upcoming Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Montreal.
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What the Canadian Netflix Says About Canadians (and Netflix)

March 13, 2015
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What the Canadian Netflix Says About Canadians (and Netflix)

There is a difference between the Canadian edition of Netlix and the Canadians who watch Netflix. What does that mean for the future of the service in Canada?
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American Sniper: Silence and Fury

March 12, 2015
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<i>American Sniper</i>: Silence and Fury

Post by Debra Ramsay, Research Associate, Technologies of Memory Project, Glasgow University Following is the second installment in the series of fortnightly blogs “From Nottingham and Beyond,” featuring contributions from faculty in the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media and our alumni working in higher education or media industries in the U.K. and abroad. This week’s...
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Kim Gordon’s Self-Fashioning

March 9, 2015
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Kim Gordon’s Self-Fashioning

In her memoir, Girl in a Band, musician Kim Gordon addresses how fashion and music are mutually constitutive outlets for creative expression and feminist critique.
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The Conflicted Populism of Parks and Recreation

March 5, 2015
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The Conflicted Populism of <i>Parks and Recreation</i>

Though widely praised for its political optimism and progressiveness, NBC's Parks and Recreation also expresses a more complex and pessimistic view about the American voting public.​
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Straddling the “Edge”: The Invisible Trend of Religion on TV

March 4, 2015
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Straddling the “Edge”: The Invisible Trend of Religion on TV

With religion on fictional television growing, why is it so difficult for press and PR to acknowledge this shift within the industry?
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As Seen on Shark Tank: Tech Entrepreneurship’s Portable Aesthetics

March 3, 2015
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As Seen on <i>Shark Tank</i>: Tech Entrepreneurship’s Portable Aesthetics

In a recent episode of ABC's Shark Tank, debate over what constitutes a technology takes on industrial dimensions as the stylistics of Silicon Valley shape popular images of entrepreneurship across industrial sectors.
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 2)

February 27, 2015
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 2)

In part two of their conversation, Cory Barker and Drew Zolides discuss the future of the WWE Network and what other over-the-top (OTT) services can learn from it.
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 1)

February 24, 2015
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WWE Network’s 1-Year Anniversary: A Conversation (Part 1)

In part one of their conversation, Cory Barker and Drew Zolides discuss the Network's impact on WWE's storytelling and its financials.
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The Back-story: The Feminist Achievement of Agent Carter

February 13, 2015
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The Back-story: The Feminist Achievement of Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter’s has been the center of many feminist critiques since its premiere earlier this year. Some praise the show as a victory for feminists and female fans, since Peggy Carter is the first female protagonist in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe franchise, while others criticize it for its blatantly obvious feminist messages. While I do...
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Keep it 100: The Nightly Show Flips the Script on “Fake” News

February 12, 2015
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Keep it 100: <i>The Nightly Show</i> Flips the Script on “Fake” News

As an obsessive fan of the genre that has become known—somewhat inaccurately—as “fake news,” I was incredibly curious to see where Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, would take the genre. Wilmore faced the challenging task of replacing The Colbert Report, a show that had brilliantly satirized right-wing punditry. Colbert...
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The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

February 4, 2015
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The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

Was Katy Perry's Super Bowl ride on a star resembling one made famous by a series of 1990s PSAs an example of cross-promotion? We don't know and NBC doesn't care--but the incident tells us something important about the logics of contemporary media industries.
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