Perspectives

Moving Into a Fuller House: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

May 29, 2015
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Moving Into a <em>Fuller House</em>: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

Mark Lashley discusses "Fuller House" and the current trend of resurrected television nostalgia, and how the notion of television as an ephemeral or disposable media form is diminishing.
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of Mad Men

May 22, 2015
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of <em>Mad Men</em>

Piers Britton on the visual style, series structure, and Sixties-philiac tendencies of "Mad Men," and how the TV series turned its tension between the espousal of emotional truthfulness and a preoccupation with “superficial” visual pleasures into a branding strategy.
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Black Widow and Whedon Exceptionalism: Accounting for Sexism in Age of Ultron and the MCU

May 15, 2015
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Black Widow and Whedon Exceptionalism: Accounting for Sexism in <em>Age of Ultron</em> and the MCU

Piers Britton explores questions of representation and issues of authorship and creative control in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Marvel, Wired? Daredevil and Visual Branding in the MCU

May 1, 2015
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Marvel, Wired? <i>Daredevil</i> and Visual Branding in the MCU

How far are Marvel Studios’ film and television franchises visually coded for homogeneity? How insistently, that is to say, is brand identity maintained at the levels of design, cinematography, editing and post-production processing?
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The Wire, Freddie Gray, and Collective Social Action

April 28, 2015
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<i>The Wire</i>, Freddie Gray, and Collective Social Action

Why hasn’t The Wire, which showed us how structural racism and an abusive police department defines black life in Baltimore, translated into collective social action? Why are there only thousands in the streets? Where are the millions of fans of The Wire? And why aren’t they supporting black folks in Baltimore?
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Devilish Partners: Daredevil, Netflix, and Exclusive Original Programming

April 21, 2015
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Devilish Partners: <i>Daredevil</i>, Netflix, and Exclusive Original Programming

Marvel’s Daredevil launched April 10 on Netflix, marking a new milestone for Netflix’s original content strategy and the expansion of Marvel Television into the streaming space.
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“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

April 17, 2015
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“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.
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The Jinx as Vigilante Documentary

April 16, 2015
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<i>The Jinx</i> as Vigilante Documentary

Supporting vigilante documentary as an acceptable approach to seeking "justice" is a potentially dangerous trend.
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Volunteers Wanted: Transforming SCMS From Within

April 3, 2015
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Volunteers Wanted: Transforming SCMS From Within

Karen Petruska reflects on the importance of conference participation in the form of SIGs, committees, and public policy and promotion, all of which operate as the less visible yet vital backbone of SCMS.
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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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