Not Your Grandmother’s “Super”: Julia, Olivia and Waning Black Exceptionalism
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Bambi Haggins compares and contextualizes Scandal‘s Olivia Pope to Julia‘s titular character played by Diahann Carroll to investigate the complicated ways Black exemplarism informs the televisual construction of these women and Blacks on television more generally.
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Dan Herbert explores the interaction of entertainment media retail sites with Latino/a population distribution over time in Elkhart, IN.
The Limits of Infinite Scroll: Gifsets and Fanmixes as Evolving Fan Traditions Louisa Stein / Middlebury CollegeRead more »
Louisa Stein highlights evolving fan practices by examining two aesthetic forms, the gifset and the fanmix, that have evolved within interfaces that emphasize abundant multiplicity and multidirectional flow.
How To Save a Beauty Pageant: Donald Trump, Steve Harvey and The Memeticization of Miss Universe 2015
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Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago explores the intersections of pageants, politics, and social media in light of a newsworthy 2015 Miss Universe and pageants’ cultivation of media spreadability via “YouTube moments.”
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Wendy Peters examines the “victim + bully = love” narrative — the representation and rationalization of internalized homophobia and externalized violence as a precursor to same-sex romance — in teen television shows like Pretty Little Liars, 90210, and Glee.
The Visual Discourse between Hammer Horror and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful
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Garrett Castleberry compares the Gothic horror tropes deployed by Showtime’s Penny Dreadful with Hammer Horror films by performing a discursive visual analysis of the two sets of texts.