Moving Into a Fuller House: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

May 29, 2015
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Moving Into a <em>Fuller House</em>: Television Reboots, Nostalgia, and Time

Mark Lashley discusses "Fuller House" and the current trend of resurrected television nostalgia, and how the notion of television as an ephemeral or disposable media form is diminishing.
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Digital Tools for Television Historiography, Part I

May 26, 2015
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Digital Tools for Television Historiography, Part I

In the inaugural post in our "Digital Tools" series, Elana Levine discusses DEVONthink document management software and her methods for organizing historical research materials digitally.
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A Turn Toward the Ruins of Radio History

A Turn Toward the Ruins of Radio History

Peter Schaefer writes about the public face of radio preservation, making a case for acknowledging what's been lost to the ages while simultaneously showcasing what's been found.
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You Ever Hear of a Girl Detective?: Negotiating Gender and Authority in Candy Matson

You Ever Hear of a Girl Detective?: Negotiating Gender and Authority in <em>Candy Matson</em>

How did post-World War II female detectives balance authority and femininity on the radio? Catherine Martin writes about knowledge of urban geography as the source of a detective's power in "Candy Matson."
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of Mad Men

May 22, 2015
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Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of <em>Mad Men</em>

Piers Britton on Mad Men's visual style, series structure, and Sixties-philiac tendencies, and how the TV series turned its tension between the espousal of emotional truthfulness and a preoccupation with “superficial” visual pleasures into a branding strategy.
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Public-Service Streaming: BBC Three and the Politics of Online Engagement

May 21, 2015
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Public-Service Streaming: BBC Three and the Politics of Online Engagement

Elizabeth Evans tracks the ongoing fallout of the BBC’s plan to relocate a channel to the online-only realm.
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David Letterman: So Long to Our TV Pal

May 20, 2015
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David Letterman: So Long to Our TV Pal

Bradley Schauer argues that David Letterman’s brilliant late night talk show career would have been a nonstarter in today’s television landscape.
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Honoring Hilmes: “An Advisor is Forever” – Passing It On

May 19, 2015
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Honoring Hilmes: “An Advisor is Forever” – Passing It On

Norma Coates reflects on what she learned about academic advising and mentoring from her own PhD advisor, Michele Hilmes.
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Honoring Hilmes: “New Media” Historian

May 18, 2015
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Honoring Hilmes: “New Media” Historian

Michele Hilmes’ legacy for radio and sound studies, broadcasting history, and cultural studies is clearly profound and prodigious, but her influence extends further, as well: this quintessential cultural historian is also a profound new media scholar.
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Black Widow and Whedon Exceptionalism: Accounting for Sexism in Age of Ultron and the MCU

May 15, 2015
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Black Widow and Whedon Exceptionalism: Accounting for Sexism in <em>Age of Ultron</em> and the MCU

Piers Britton explores questions of representation and issues of authorship and creative control in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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