“Blim and Chill”: Telenovelas and Class Ideologies in the Online Streaming Wars
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Juan Llamas-Rodriguez considers the re-branding campaigns, and accompanying quality and class discourses, that Netflix launched in response to losing its streaming licenses for Televisa’s telenovelas after the Mexican broadcasting giant created its own streaming service, Blim.
“Warriors, Come Out to Play”: Considering the Role of Films in Moral Panics about Cinema Violence
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In this column, Caetlin Benson-Allott argues that the moral panic following the 1979 release of The Warriors was the result of latent, coded racism on the part of both the media and the public.
There Has Been Blood: Horror-Comic Masculinity in The Walking Dead
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David Greven explores the masculine and queer representations of the seventh season of AMC’s The Walking Dead in relation to 90s teen comedies, the Judd Apatow school of Beta Males, and alt-right white nationalism.
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Using the new HBO series Westworld, Myles McNutt discusses the shifts in television and media coverage that feeds theory-driven conversations and enables a set of forensic fan practices.
Ownership Anxiety, Race and Ambivalent Cuteness in The Secret Life of Pets
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Anthony P. McIntyre explores the affective and power dynamics of cuteness in an uncertain political climate.
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Susan Courtney reflects on her experience teaching race, justice, and media in Columbia, SC through her undergraduate course, “Mediating Ferguson, USA: 1915-2015,” in Spring 2015.
Policing Pop Culture: “Danny Meets Andy Griffith” and Representing Southern Law Enforcement
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Phoebe Bronstein explores the representation of Southern law enforcement around Andy Griffith in the “Danny Meets Andy” episode of Make Room for Daddy, exploring how the show navigated national and regional discourses and anxieties of the police during the Civil Rights Movement.