Why The Wire and Friday Night Lights are so fundamentally different from Freedom Writers and We Are Marshall–and why that matters.
NBC’s resurrection of (The) Bionic Woman has prompted me to think through the contemporary relevance of bionics, and map its reintroduction against the popular imaginary of the mid-1970s.
What happened to the transgressive pleasures of Aeon Flux when it moved from small screen to large?
by: Michele Byers / Saint Mary’s University
Durham County (2007) is a hybrid creature–exportable Canadian drama stripped of all national and cultural
markers and defying generic conventions. The six-episode series about a cop and a serial killer competes with the US specialty cable market and is grabbing both audience approval and critical acclaim.
by: Stephen Harrington / Queensland University of Technology
How the rise of car culture in Australia suggests ways to increase political literacy.
by: Anna Beatrice Scott / University of California, Riverside
Fully loaded, tricked out, ripped and raring for a fight, the movie Transformers (2007) provides an opportunity for processing human gesture across the mechanized object.
Can it be argued that those “robots in disguise” ™ are not Haraway’s cyborgs?
by: Jeffrey P. Jones / Old Dominion University
Government access television is often much more than boring city council meetings. With an increase in quality productions in communities across the nation, “Civic TV” may be as close as we get in the U.S. to the public
service broadcasting tradition of other nations.
by: Eric Freedman / Florida Atlantic University
While I am not the first enthusiast to sketch out the basic lineup of adult titles designed to play on 2600 consoles, what most of the fan sites do not consider is the role these games may have played in larger industrial and cultural discourses about gaming.
by: Jonathan Gray / Fordham University
How do audiences come to understand a text as having a gender, and/or a gendered audience?
by: Ilana Gershon / Indiana University
The writers of Bro’town insist on a distinction between stereotypes used to reinforce historically and economically grounded inequalities and stereotypes used to indicate differences without consequences.
by: Florence Toussaint / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Aunque la televisión cultural permanece en distintos lugares, los vaivenes de la política la han mantenido
en un permanente desasosiego. / Although cultural television survives in certain places, inconsistent
policies have left it in a permanent state of anxiety.
by: Tim Gibson / George Mason University
On Everybody Hates Chris, class issues are largely explored in Chris’s home life, while the show’s writers
use Chris’s travails at Corleone to foreground questions