A So-Called “Agent of Chaos”: James Eagan Holmes, Theater Violence, and the Myth of White Exceptionalism
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In this column, Caetlin Benson-Allott argues that the reaction to James Eagan Holmes’ 2012 shooting in an Aurora, Colorado theater was driven by white privilege and an ahistorical view on theater shootings in general.
Primetime Pedagogies: Racism, Primetime TV, and the Limits of Dissent Phoebe Bronstein, University of California, San DiegoRead more »
Phoebe Bronstein discusses television’s pedagogical potential for discussing race, from Harry Belefonte’s canceled Revlon specials to the current ABC sitcom black-ish.
From Colormuteness to Interracial Dialogue (A Love Letter to My MF Students)
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Susan Courtney reflects on teaching race and media studies to undergraduates, inspired in part by her fall 2015 course, “Mediating Ferguson, USA: 1915-2015.”
Of Nasty, Unlikeable Women: Veep and the Comedic Female Anti-Hero
Shweta Khilnani / Maitreyi College, University of DelhiRead more »
Shweta Khilnani examines female comedic anti-heroes through Selena Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) “performance of failure” in Veep, comparing her with Leslie Knope, the optimistic and sincere heroine of Parks and Recreation, and televisual male anti-heroes.
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Anthony McIntyre lays the groundwork for future investigations into the cultural phenomenon that is “sonic cute.”
Some Locations Matter: HGTV’s Uneven Relationship With Spatial Capital
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Myles McNutt explores HGTV’s relationship with “spatial capital” and observes how the network negotiates this spatial capital in programming that erases location and programming that explicitly frames location.
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Theodore Yurevitch examines the band Gorillaz and their 2017 music video for “Hallelujah Money,” focusing on the implications of hyper-mediation and how life might still go on in an increasingly post-human world.