Whose Media Is It, Anyway? Representation on the Caribbean International Network

November 16, 2014
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Whose Media Is It, Anyway? Representation on the Caribbean International Network

How the network enacts its own hierarchies, and perpetuates the essentialization and commodification of peoples from the region.
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“Hope” for Net Neutrality?

November 13, 2014
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“Hope” for Net Neutrality?

President Obama’s statement calling on the FCC to implement the strongest possible net neutrality regulations is significant for many reasons, including what it signals about citizen engagement in communications regulation and the politics of media policy.
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The Cultural Significance of Booty Music

November 12, 2014
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The Cultural Significance of Booty Music

On the racial and gendered aspects of booty music, and how they remind us that the derriere is complex, ambivalent, and socially constructed.
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

November 11, 2014
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Drive-Ins, and the Stubborn Usefulness of Film Nostalgia

Interstellar (2014) made its well-known debut last weekend. In Chicago, the film (yes, we can still call it that) screened in its “intended” format of 70mm at the Navy Pier IMAX. Its appearance there and at other such venues was predictably celebrated by old school cinephiles as yet another defiant declaration of celluloid’s continuing...
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Downloading Serial (part 3)

November 10, 2014
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Downloading <i>Serial</i> (part 3)

How do forensic fandom practices work when applied to a serialized non-fiction mystery?
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

November 6, 2014
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the TV Latina?

On September 15 of this year, Rosie Perez took her seat as the first permanent Latina co-host of The View, ABC-TV’s long-running daytime chat show. The network confirmed its hiring of Perez (an Oscar-nominated actress also known for her work as an author, filmmaker and activist) only a week or so prior to the...
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

November 5, 2014
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Report from NYTVF Digital Day 2014

The New York TV Festival's "Digital Day" makes one wonder just how independent the digital TV landscape is.
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Bad Blood: “Taylor Swift” vs. Spotify

November 3, 2014
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Bad Blood: “Taylor Swift” vs. Spotify

The removal of the artist's songs from the streaming service represents the latest development in an ongoing distribution struggle in the music industry.
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Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Season 4: Toph makes for a mean, sarcastic Yoda

November 1, 2014
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<em>Avatar: The Legend of Korra</em>, Season 4: Toph makes for a mean, sarcastic Yoda

It’s just this week that The Legend of Korra's setups have begun to pay off. In this post, I interrogate the character of Toph and her relationship to Korra.
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A National Icon Deficit: What the Ghomeshi Scandal Illustrates About the State of CBC Radio One

October 31, 2014
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A National Icon Deficit: What the Ghomeshi Scandal Illustrates About the State of CBC Radio One

The sudden departure of Jian Ghomeshi from Q illustrates that the CBC's once innovative radio division needs to focus on developing new personalities and formats if it is to adapt to a rapidly evolving mediascape.
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