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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Julie D’Acci on the Emergent Qualities of Sublimating Circuits

February 18, 2014
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Julie D’Acci on the Emergent Qualities of Sublimating Circuits

Does circulating information influence, inflect, or inhibit material relations in empirically verifiable ways? And do strategic interventions in the super-structural sphere actually promote sustainable social effects?
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My TV Valentine: Big Block Sing Song

February 14, 2014
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My TV Valentine: <i>Big Block Sing Song</i>

"Part Flight of the Conchords, part sincere, part ethnographic in their understanding of how kids’ heads work, and funny, relaxing, and ear-wormy, they are my favorite thing on television."
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A Love That Can’t Be Denied: Disney’s Muppets

February 13, 2014
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A Love That Can’t Be Denied: Disney’s Muppets

I always thought I would remain a Muppet curmudgeon, raving about authenticity and the good ol’ days of Jim Henson Muppet Mania. But it turns out I’m just a fool in love, unable to deny my heart what it wants: more Muppets.
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Bring a Guest: Hall in the Ideological House

February 11, 2014
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Bring a Guest: Hall in the Ideological House

Memories of the late Stuart Hall.
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Television that I Love: A Valentine to Unpredictable Melodrama

February 10, 2014
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Television that I Love: A Valentine to Unpredictable Melodrama

Sometimes love surprises us; I never thought I’d love Sons of Anarchy.
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“She Loves You”: The Beatles, Girl Culture, and The Ed Sullivan Show

February 7, 2014
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“She Loves You”: The Beatles, Girl Culture, and <em>The Ed Sullivan Show</em>

The Beatles appealed to girls through familiar and comforting girl-group discourse, but they also became the “bad boys” who worried parents. Such rebelliousness, however, was managed through androgyny, not conventional masculinity.
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Bollywood, Hollywood — Trollywood?

February 6, 2014
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Bollywood, Hollywood — Trollywood?

Somewhere in the British/American relationship, a distinct genre of television has originated, which I propose to call “Trollywood.”
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What’s a Two Year-Old Girl To Do (or Watch)?

February 5, 2014
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What’s a Two Year-Old Girl To Do (or Watch)?

On the heels of some binge-viewing, Jonathan Gray discusses Disney Junior’s three female-centered original series
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

February 3, 2014
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

Melissa Aronczyk discusses Fort McMoney, an interactive web documentary designed to raise awareness of the conflicts among industrial, political and environmental interests in the development of oil.
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