Tag: globalization

Out the Back: Race and Reinvention in Johannesburg’s Garden Cottages

The outdoor “maid’s room” was a common suburban feature of apartheid Johannesburg. In the 21st century many of these spaces have been reimagined as “garden cottages” and transformed into middle class assets, but traces of their segregated histories persist.

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Honoring Hilmes: Strange Report

Through a case study of the British ITV series “Strange Report” (1969-70), Jonathan Bignell exhibits how Michele Hilmes’ example has taught him that when we look closely at the detail of history, there are always more complex and more interesting things to discover.

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Honoring Hilmes: Days Well Spent

Michael Curtin contributes the eighth post in our “Honoring Hilmes” series, saluting Michele Hilmes on her sterling leadership and professionalism as well as her pioneering intellectual contributions to the media studies field.

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Egypt, why?

Real life doesn’t always have a proper narrative, at least while it’s in the process of composing itself.

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“Is India ready to face its moment of truth?”: the hullabaloo over Indian reality TV

After family sagas and quiz shows hosted by Bollywood stars, it is now “voyeuristic” reality television that has the Indian television viewer hooked and the moral police rankled. The latest reality show to grab headlines and media attention is Sach ka Saamna, which not only bolstered Star Plus’ ratings but also spawned debates about whether Indian society is ready for reality television.

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