Virtual Music Festivals and the Re-Valuation of Connection in a COVID-19 Live Music Marketplace
Paxton Haven / University of Texas at Austin
Paxton Haven explores the current trend of virtual music festivals as both a continuation of the collective politics of dance cultures, but also a new frontier of industry intervention in a live music marketplace depleted by COVID-19.
Ben & Jerry’s, Black Lives Matter, and the Politics of Public Statements
Lily Kunda / University of Texas at Austin
Lily Kunda examines the recent trend of public statements denouncing racism. She questions what role corporations have in dismantling white supremacy.
“It Could Be About Anything”: Middleditch & Schwartz and the Viability of Televised Improv Comedy
Alex Brannan / University of Texas at Austin
Alex Brannan discusses the potential for mainstream long-form improv, using the Netflix comedy special Middleditch & Schwartz as a case study.
NFL 2020: Football in the Time of Trump, COVID-19, and Mass Protests
Brett Siegel / University of Texas at Austin
Brett Siegel examines the NFL’s developing response to the Coronavirus and the George Floyd protests as an extension, and in many ways a culmination, of Trump era anxieties and tensions.
Eric Forthun looks at how local and regional late night talk shows might help us re-imagine the cultural function of U.S. late night television.
“Never Too Late to Live Your Authentic Life”: Later-in-Life FTM Trans YouTube Narratives
Ash Kinney d’Harcourt / University of Texas at Austin
Ash Kinney d’Harcourt examines the complexities in the later in life female-to-male (FTM) transition narratives shared on YouTube. The stories of these late bloomers, and trans elders more broadly, are significant at a time when trans futures are uncertain.
“You Can Still Do It”: Apple Watch Activity Notifications During COVID-19
Andy Fischer Wright / University of Texas At Austin
What does it mean to receive notifications from your smart watch telling you to exercise, especially during a pandemic? Andy Fischer Wright makes an argument that his Apple Watch Activity notifications make it clear that the company is more interested in the data he produces than his well-being.