On Radio: The Influence of Comedy Podcasts on TV Narrative, Production, and Cross-Promotion

April 29, 2015
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On Radio: The Influence of Comedy Podcasts on TV Narrative, Production, and Cross-Promotion

The influence and overlap between the worlds of podcasting and television (and live comedy) is expanding as visual and audio media continue to fragment, making issues of narrative construction and narrative influence ripe for questioning,
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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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The Peabody Awards and Dialogic Declarations of Value

April 24, 2015
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The Peabody Awards and Dialogic Declarations of Value

Media and cultural studies is right to be concerned about singular, monologic declarations of value, but there’s something to be learned from the Peabodys’ mode of deciding upon value dialogically.
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Bullshit Jobs in the Creative Industries

April 23, 2015
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Bullshit Jobs in the Creative Industries

Jack Newsinger reflects on the idea of bullshit jobs in the creative industries and what this might mean for pedagogy.
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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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American Idols: ‘Roxy,’ Major Bowes, and Early Radio Stardom

April 14, 2015
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American Idols: ‘Roxy,’ Major Bowes, and Early Radio Stardom

Ross Melnick provides historical context necessary to understand the prevalence of talent programs on contemporary American network television.
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Why NBC’s The Wiz Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

April 10, 2015
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Why NBC’s <em>The Wiz</em> Makes Sense Even As It Doesn’t Make Sense

Alfred Martin asks why NBC turned to The Wiz over The Music Man as its next televised musical in this particular historical moment?
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Game of Thrones: Adaptation and Fidelity in an Age of Convergence

April 9, 2015
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<i>Game of Thrones</i>: Adaptation and Fidelity in an Age of Convergence

Using the case of Game of Thrones, Iain Robert Smith considers what happens to fidelity criticism when a show goes beyond the published material and starts to “adapt” material that has been planned but not yet written by the original author.
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