The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

February 4, 2015
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The More You Know About Cross-Promotion

Was Katy Perry's Super Bowl ride on a star resembling one made famous by a series of 1990s PSAs an example of cross-promotion? We don't know and NBC doesn't care--but the incident tells us something important about the logics of contemporary media industries.
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“Hollywood Goes to Harlem”: Radio’s Creation of an African-American Film Star

February 2, 2015
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“Hollywood Goes to Harlem”: Radio’s Creation of an African-American Film Star

75 years ago, African-American radio actor Eddie Anderson parlayed his “Rochester” role into intermedia stardom in film and popular culture.
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“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch Downton Abbey in a Crowd”: Exploring the Downton Abbey Phenomenon

January 30, 2015
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“It’s Approximately 500 Times More Fun to Watch <i>Downton Abbey</i> in a Crowd”: Exploring the <i>Downton Abbey</i> Phenomenon

As season five of Downton Abbey airs in the U.S., Twin Cities Public Television’s rebranding efforts inspire an exploration of the expansive U.S. public television phenomenon.
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Roots and Routes of the Cuban Revolution: Transforming Ideology into Heritage

January 28, 2015
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Roots and Routes of the Cuban Revolution: Transforming Ideology into Heritage

In the wake of the "normalization" of U.S. relations with Cuba, the transitional communist nation is struggling with its cultural heritage policies in what Pablo Alonso González calls "the transformation of ideology into heritage."
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‘Real People, Real Radio’: KXCI community radio in the aftermath of January 8, 2011

January 26, 2015
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‘Real People, Real Radio’: KXCI community radio in the aftermath of January 8, 2011

In the aftermath of the gun violence of January 2011, Tucson’s KXCI community radio responded with music and locally-produced pubic affairs podcasts. The University of Arizona's Mary Beth Haralovich explores how KXCI’s “real people, real radio” format helped people to grieve and to heal.
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The End of “This Year’s Best in Television”

December 31, 2014
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The End of “This Year’s Best in Television”

With changes in how television is distributed and viewed, do we need to reconsider the annual "best of" TV lists?
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Santa’s Lousy Prison Guard: The Elf on the Shelf

December 23, 2014
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Santa’s Lousy Prison Guard: The Elf on the Shelf

If The Elf on the Shelf is trying to set up a panopticon, he's doing it all wrong.
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Colbert’s Public Forum: Will We Meet Again?

December 21, 2014
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Colbert’s Public Forum: Will We Meet Again?

While I’ll miss Colbert’s razor sharp satire, for me the loss of this broad and deep public forum will be harder to bear.
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Jessica Lange’s Abject Femininity

December 20, 2014
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Jessica Lange’s Abject Femininity

Understanding the full complexity of Lange's recent work requires considering it as a layer in the sedimentation of her star text and acting style.
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Downloading Serial (part 4)

December 18, 2014
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Downloading <i>Serial</i> (part 4)

As Serial concludes, what does its successes and shortcomings teach us about the possibilities of podcasting?
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