On Seeing What’s Next: Netflix’s Personalized Interface Versus Users’ Personal Browsing
Latina Vidolova / University of Texas at Austin
Latina Vidolova traces major changes to Netflix’s browsing interface, which Netflix claims matches user preference and empowers them.
The Kiss Heard ‘Round the World: “Juliantina” and International Lesbian Soap Opera Fandom
Kira Deshler / University of Texas at Austin
Kira Deshler explores the fan labor, viewing habits, and community building practices that define international lesbian soap opera fandom, focusing specifically on the “Juliantina” fandom.
“Driven By Hustle”: Uber Presents, Lyft Entertainment, and Rideshare Media Production
Eric Forthun / University of Texas at Austin
Eric Forthun examines rideshare media production, the pervasiveness of the gig economy’s “side hustles,” and depictions of a diverse and precarious workforce through Uber Presents’ Da Republic of Brooklyn and Lyft Entertainment’s co-productions.
¡Viva el monstruo! – The Gill-man as a Symbol of Latinx Resistance
Casey Walker / University of Texas at Austin
Casey Walker examines the Latin American roots of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and its evolution from a symbol of fear to a symbol of resistance against racial discrimination.
Andy Fischer Wright applies critical cultural theory to the rise in dockless scooter ridesharing and articulates some cultural implications tied to this new form of urban transportation.
The Cancellation of Swamp Thing and the Precarity of DC Universe
Rusty Hatchell / University of Texas at Austin
Rusty Hatchell examines the industrial implications of the sudden cancellation of DC Universe original series, Swamp Thing, amidst the recent acquisition of Time Warner and DC Entertainment by AT&T.