The Rise and Fall of @Sutterink: Showrunners [Off] Twitter III

August 14, 2011
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The Rise and Fall of @Sutterink: Showrunners [Off] Twitter III

While it was perhaps inevitable that Sutter’s lack of a filter would result in his Twitter account becoming a liability, the rise and fall of “@sutterink” has more to do with public perceptions of Twitter than with his actual commentary.
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

August 13, 2011
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The Media and the Riots in England: Unordered Thesis on Days of Disorder

The two words that political leaders, have resorted to in the wake of the riots that have spread throughout England since unrest in Tottenham last Saturday night, are “simple” and "criminality”. However, none of these crimes is simple.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Five: The Allegories of Life?

August 12, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Five: The Allegories of Life?

This series reaches its halfway mark with a terrifying version of the Holocaust. Science fiction allegory raises tough questions here, questions about what can be symbolically coded, and how.
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

August 11, 2011
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

A hunt for elusive video game silence and an investigation of its meaning.
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The Overseas Job Market and the Media Studies Academy

August 9, 2011
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The Overseas Job Market and the Media Studies Academy

A discussion of the academic job market and hiring processes in the UK and Ireland.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Four: Escaping Cliché?

August 5, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Four: Escaping Cliché?

Torchwood continues to explore the consequences of a world without death. But how (if at all) does that transformation effect its narrative logic, and its use of thriller conventions?
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So You Want to Be a Grad Student Mama

August 2, 2011
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So You Want to Be a Grad Student Mama

Performing motherhood while completing grad school is a complicated role to negotiate, and there are costs and benefits to consider. I write this post to discuss my own specific experiences as a media studies grad student mama, and propose considerations for a dialogue on the place of children and parenting within academe.
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Three: Tonight’s The Night?

July 29, 2011
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Torchwood Miracle Day, Episode Three: Tonight’s The Night?

BBC1 edited out two intercut gay/het sex scenes - neither especially graphic - from its broadcast of Torchwood: Miracle Day episode 3, 'Dead of Night'. What's at stake here for John Barrowman as an actor/TV personality?
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Advice on Surviving the Competing Demands of Academia

July 26, 2011
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Advice on Surviving the Competing Demands of Academia

We know there are certain things we must do to achieve tenure and maintain our employment. But we often become so obsessed with this—or the next step up after—that we forget to consider our reasons for going into the field to begin with.
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

July 23, 2011
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Captain America and the Representation of Entertainment

The USO sequence in Captain America: The First Avenger speaks to the influence of a cynical modern eye and a gendered dismissal of historical realism, comic book necessity, and the possibility of media effects.
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