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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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On Leaving the Game Early

June 20, 2013
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On Leaving the Game Early

Miami Heat fans' early exit from game six of the NBA Finals is the latest flashpoint in mediated discussions of Florida this year.
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Two Futures for Football

January 30, 2013
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Two Futures for Football

The new findings on player concussions have caused an onslaught of negative media attention for the NFL, and may soon bring the sport of professional football to a crucial crossroads.
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The Domestic Apolitics of 1600 Penn

January 11, 2013
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The Domestic Apolitics of <i>1600 Penn</i>

NBC's new First Family sitcom, 1600 Penn, is surprisingly devoid of conventional political engagement, instead relying on traditional domestic comedy in the form of interpersonal conflict.
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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part II)

December 19, 2012
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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part II)

As the Canadian Museum of Civilization transforms into the Canadian Museum of History, it seems that meaningful conversations about historical issues that are actually formative of Canadian culture are less compelling than the $25 million incentive that comes with the tunnel vision of the Ministry of Heritage.
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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part I)

December 18, 2012
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Crowdsourcing as Consultation: Branding History at Canada’s Museum of Civilization (Part I)

Canada’s sesquicentennial is eagerly anticipated by Canada’s Conservative government, which is planning a series of commemorative events. The trouble is, these events are contrived to commemorate the Conservative government far more than the nation’s glorious (or inglorious) pasts.
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John Fiske on the Politics of Aesthetics

October 9, 2012
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John Fiske on the Politics of Aesthetics

What political investments are written into discursive analysis? What is the relationship between media literacy and aesthetic analysis?
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From Henry VIII to Flash Mobs: Branding Britain at London 2012

July 17, 2012
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From Henry VIII to Flash Mobs: Branding Britain at London 2012

What image is Britain out to portray on the international stage with its branding of "GREAT Britain" for the London Olympics?
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Adaptation by Remix: Vidding Feminist Science Fiction

June 19, 2012
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Adaptation by Remix: Vidding Feminist Science Fiction

The video “Parable” by Chaila is a fascinating example of what the crossover of fandom and political engagement can achieve.
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Glenn Beck’s Legacy for Television News

June 21, 2011
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Glenn Beck’s Legacy for Television News

Glenn Beck's departure from Fox News does not mean he truly leaves the network. Cable television news has been fundamentally changed as a result of his presence. We look back at Beck's legacy and what that means for television news.
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Spaces of Speculation: How We Learned Osama Bin Laden Was Dead

May 2, 2011
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Spaces of Speculation: How We Learned Osama Bin Laden Was Dead

As one of the first events of this magnitude that has taken place squarely within the Twitter era, Osama Bin Laden's death reveals the challenge facing traditional media outlets when Twitter runs rampant with speculation (and real reporting).
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Reflections on the Challenger Disaster 25 Years Later

January 28, 2011
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Reflections on the Challenger Disaster 25 Years Later

25 years ago today, one of the most significant tragedy-induced media events of the twentieth century took place: the Challenger Disaster.
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Unsolved Mysteries of 9/11

December 28, 2010
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Unsolved Mysteries of 9/11

Signs of a deep and abiding popular skepticism toward the official conspiracy narrative of the 9/11 attacks continue rhizomically to proliferate through our media culture nearly a decade after the Mother of All Media Events.
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