“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Christmas Classics Old and New
Kathleen Loock / University of Flensburg
Kathleen Loock compares definitive Christmas classics It’s a Wonderful Life and Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel to contemporary holiday movie releases from Netflix, exploring how the streaming service is using the niche to create Christmas movies for a global audience.
In Praise of the Bad Transgender Object: Rocky Horror
Cáel m. Keegan / Grand Valley State University
The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been the object of ongoing cultural fascination and criticism for its portrayal of transgender stereotypes. Cáel M. Keegan questions whether this “bad object” is redeemable in this exploration of the standards of representation in the transgender media archive.
Section 230 as American Tech’s “Soft Power” Secret Weapon
Sarah T. Roberts / University of California, Los Angeles
Analyzing recent Congressional testimony of social media and internet content firms, Sarah T. Roberts reveals the expanding “soft power” reach of Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act of 1996.
Advocating On behalf of independent musicians: copyright reform and corporate consolidation
Brian Fauteux / University of Alberta
Brian Fauteux takes readers through his experience participating in Canada’s copyright review process. The author particularly highlights how the current state of the market allows for large companies to have a great deal of control over artists.
Gender, Place, and Nostalgia in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Helen Morgan-Parmett / University of Vermont
Analyzing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Helen Morgan-Parmett discusses the intersections of gender and urban crisis in nostalgic discourses surrounding New York’s past, present, and future.
Deborah L. Jaramillo contemplates television studies’ limited analysis of TV news and the importance of examining such texts as a genre.
A Public Records Request Rabbit Hole in the Study of Nontheatrical Distribution
Finley Freibert / Independent Scholar
Finley Freibert reveals the challenges of accessing public records and telling the history of gay, nontheatrical film distributor, John Samuel Bridges, in 1960s San Francisco.
Through a close reading of Malick’s Tree of Life, Travis Warren Cooper offers up a comparative analysis of architectural style found in Hollywood films.