The Birth of Neoliberalism: American Realities Individualized and Refracted on Mad Men
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Whitten Overby continues his series on Mad Men, this time arguing how the show provides a “televisual geneology” of neoliberalism through characters Don Draper and Peggy Olson.
Fight Like a Girl: Deconstruction of Shōjo in Puella Magi Madoka Magica
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Coco Zhou dissects the implications of shōjo in terms of feminist characters operating within — and defying — a patriarchal system using examples from Puella Magi Madoka Magi.
“Its Not Just a Doll; It’s a Social Movement”: Investing in Black Toys Then and Now
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Avi Santo examines the representational and rhetorical strategies used by toy companies to produce dolls for African American girls, which emphasize self-love and a broadening of traditional beauty categories to overcome internalized racism, and compares these with the past production and marketing of Black dolls.
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In his final essay on his graduate course “The Textual Object,” Nicholas Sammond presents his class’s final production of Disneyland, the Reader.
Wicked Games, Part 3: Caution — Contents May Be Hot… and Hidden
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In the final installment of their “Wicked Games” series, Matthew Payne and Peter Alilunas take a look the infamous Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ ‘Hot Coffee’ mod, which made sex scenarios visible in the game and elicited regulatory retaliation.