Tag: media aesthetics

Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of Mad Men

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.


From Mercury to Mars: War of the Worlds and the Invasion of Media Studies

In this latest post in our From Mercury to Mars series, Josh Shepperd discusses the “War of the Worlds” broadcast as a foundational subject for intellectual history and, as the subject of social research like Hadley Cantril’s The Invasion from Mars, one of the events that legitimated the very study of media.