Communal Politics and the Tragic Love Narrative in Hindi Cinema

July 14, 2014
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Communal Politics and the Tragic Love Narrative in Hindi Cinema

As tragic romances, Ishaqzaade and Ram-Leela act as contemporary parables for India’s destabilized economic, political and cultural integrity.
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

July 10, 2014
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Category Agnostic: The 2014 Emmy Nominations

As cases of so-called "category fraud" increase, the Emmy Awards' arbitrary points of distinction risk becoming the story.
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AT&T’s Branded Entertainment, Present and Past

July 7, 2014
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AT&T’s Branded Entertainment, Present and Past

Despite differences in style and content in AT&T’s branded entertainment, @summerbreak and The Bell Telephone Hour share promotional goals of consumer education and aspirational culture.
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She’s Just Being Riley: The Sexual Politics of Girl Meets World

July 3, 2014
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She’s Just Being Riley: The Sexual Politics of <i>Girl Meets World</i>

The transition from Boy Meets World to Girl Meets World reflects changes in both the children's television landscape and cultural attitudes toward sexual harassment and girls' sexual autonomy.
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

July 1, 2014
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Beyond the Nominations: The Emmys and Representation

While we typically judge Emmy diversity through the nominees, campaigns and ballots offer other spaces to explore politics of representation.
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The Many Faces of Tatiana: The Orphan Black Finale

June 23, 2014
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The Many Faces of Tatiana: The Orphan Black Finale

The season 2 finale of Orphan Black effectively showcased Tatiana Maslany's acting abilities, especially in its impromptu dance scene that featured the four clones.
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

June 17, 2014
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Casey Kasem Signs Off (1932-2014)

Casey Kasem helped put pop music in a context. In so doing, he provided a resource for listeners to recontextualize that music for themselves.
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On Radio: Live Music Festivals as Satellite Radio’s Premium Content?

June 10, 2014
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On Radio: Live Music Festivals as Satellite Radio’s Premium Content?

Sirius XM's recent live broadcast of the Governors Ball highlights the persistence of place, of musical “hotspots,” within the satellite radio universe.
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Popular Culture and Politics: The Hunger Games 3-Finger Salute in Thai Protests

June 4, 2014
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Popular Culture and Politics: The Hunger Games 3-Finger Salute in Thai Protests

Thai protesters' appropriation of the three-finger salute articulates the relationship between popular culture and politics and places the protests within a history of fan-based civic engagement.
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Gogglebox: A Crash Course on Personal Politics in the UK

June 2, 2014
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Gogglebox: A Crash Course on Personal Politics in the UK

For a foreigner in the UK, the most telling part of this observational documentary are British households’ responses to recent political events.
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