Drawing on examples such as NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert and Instagram’s Verzuz battles, Alyx Vesey explores how musicians have utilized online platforms as alternatives to live concerts in the age of COVID-19.Read more
BILLBOARD’S HOT 100 CHART: INDUSTRIALIZED MAINSTREAMS AND CROSSOVERS
Luis E. Rivera-Figueroa / University of Texas at Austin
Luis Rivera-Figueroa questions the concepts of mainstream and crossover as categories constructed by industrial practices.
“Life Is Business and Business Is Life”: The Big Shot with Bethenny and the Social Factory
Ryan David Briggs / University of texas at austin
Ryan David Briggs describes how The Big Shot with Bethenny reflects the increasing demands of the real world job search.
Art Imitates LIFE, NFT verifies ART: Walter Benjamin and Vault by CNN
Andy fischer Wright / University of Texas at Austin
Andy Fischer Wright examines the commodification of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by large media organizations in relation to Walter Benjamin’s (1935) “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.”
I Need To Tell You Something: The Confessional Mode In Television
Alex Remington / University of Texas at Austin
Alex Remington explores the complicated set of logics and ethics in the confessional form in reality television.
Kellie Veltri explores the concept and applications of self-aware product integration in television network comedies.
THE EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE: DISRUPTION IN FOOTBALL AND TELEVISION
KATHRYN HARTZELL / UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Kathryn Hartzell discusses the failed European Super League and the influence of television rights and growing global audiences on football.
“Cinema is Here to Stay”: Alamo Drafthouse and the Moviegoing Experience
Emily McTiernan / University of Texas at Austin
Emily McTiernan examines Alamo Drafthouse’s moviegoing model and its viability in the exhibition market.
“It Feels Right to Me”: Epiphanies, Erotic Power, and Eve’s Bayou
Christina N. Baker / University of California, Merced
Through the work of Judylyn Ryan and Audre Lorde, Christina N. Baker explores filmmaker Kasi Lemmons’s films, Eve’s Bayou and Harriet, through epiphany, intuition, spirituality, and the erotic.Read more
Guillermo del Toro: From Mexico to the World
Orquidea Morales / State University of New York, Old Westbury
Using Mexican director Guillermo del Toro as a case study, Orquidea Morales discusses how his films are shaped by transnationalism and consequently exemplify the contested nature of the genre of Latinx Horror.Read more
Cynthia Meyers explores several Pepsi advertising campaigns dating back to the 1940s to contextualize the company’s latest venture: sponsoring a new game show, Cherries Wild.Read more
Crossing the Sonic Color Line: TV Voiceover Narration in Never Have I Ever
Crystal Camargo / Northwestern University
Crystal Camargo grapples with how the cultural specificity of Mindy Kaling’s Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever is diluted by the sonic whiteness of the show’s narrator, John McEnroe.Read more
Reactionary Influencers and the Construction of White Conservative Victimhood
Erika M. Heredia and Mel Stanfill / University of Central Florida
Erika M. Heredia and Mel Stanfill examine “reactionary influencers,” who combine right-wing politics, reality-TV style provocations, and new social media opportunities for fame and fortune.Read more
Creative and Participatory Responses to Disinformation: The Case of the Bees 🐝 in the 2018 Colombian Presidential Elections
Andres Lombana-Bermudez / Universidad Javeriana
Recounting the case of the bees during the 2018 Columbian Presidential Election, Andres Lombana-Bermudez shows how digital participatory culture can effectively debunk disinformation.Read more
Ugly Crying, This is Us and the Discursive Construct of Emotional Excess
Eleanor Patterson / Auburn University
Eleanor Patterson analyzes how the emotional excess of This is Us connects it to historically feminized theorizations of mass culture and melodrama.Read more
Listening to a Train of Thought: Voice Memos as Alternative to Discussion Board Posts
Juan Llamas-Rodriguez / University of Texas at Dallas
After discussing the dreaded weekly discussion post assignment, Juan Llamas-Rodriguez considers the voice memo as a suitable alternative.Read more
Trauma Informed Approaches to Media Studies: Reflections From an Epicenter
Scott Tulloch / City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Reflecting upon the trauma of living through the Covid-19 pandemic and reckoning with systemic racism, Scott Tulloch suggests trauma informed approaches to media studies pedagogy.Read more
Looking closely at virtual classroom experiences, Victoria Grace Walden suggests a ‘meta-media studies’ approach to consider how we teach with and about #edtech.Read more
Embodied Teaching and the Precarious Labor of Social Justice Media
Meera Govindasamy and Jonathan Petrychyn / Ryerson University
Meera Govindasamy and Jonathan Petrychyn explore the extra labor of adapting in-person courses to online through the lens of precarious academic employment and maintaining a commitment to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL.)Read more