Tag: reality television

She Works Hard for the Money/Man/Shoes/Herself/Her Sisters…

In the fourth and final installment of a limited series on Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century, contributor Elizabeth Nathanson outlines the anthology’s “Labors” section and argues that mediated depictions of femininity are always working hard in public and private spheres while striving for creativity, community, and sisterhood.


Feminized Popular Culture in the Early 21st Century

In the first installment of a four-part series on the new anthology Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn, editor Elana Levine outlines some of the motivations for this collection as well as its guiding theoretical and thematic frameworks.


AnTENNA, UnREAL: Romance and Pedagogy

The second part of a week-long forum for media scholars to share their thoughts about Lifetime’s UnREAL explores the series in relation to romance and pedagogy.


“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

Clinton's Announcement Video

Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.


The State of Reality TV: Kidding Around with Reality

Though not the most popular or influential entry in the genre, Kid Nation appropriately offers an elementary school primer both on the conventions of reality competitions and their negotiation of social structures taken for granted in the “real” world.