by: Will Brooker / Richmond University
In an article from 2000, seeking a word to describe the cross-platform convergence of early 21st century popular culture…I fixed on “overflow” as an update of Raymond Williams’ 1974 coinage, “flow.”
by: Allison McCracken / DePaul University
What’s old is new again on television, as prime-time boy soap operas like Everwood, Jack and Bobby, Life As We Know It, Summerland, The Mountain, One Tree Hill, Smallville and The OC have come to replace girl-centered teen dramas like My So-Called Life, Popular, and Buffy.
by: John Sinclair / University of Melbourne
It is now almost a decade and a half since international satellite services were first seen via cable to the home in India, inaugurating an era of the profusion of private channels in a society that had previously only known a government-controlled national broadcasting network, Doordarshan.
by: Eileen R. Meehan / Louisiana State University
When Frank Rich nails media wastrels, they stay nailed.
by: Faye Ginsberg / NYU
Today, as I write, the United Nations is inaugurating a long awaited program, a “Digital Solidarity Fund”, that will underwrite initiatives that address “the uneven distribution and use of new information and communication technologies” and “enable excluded people and countries to enter the new era of the information society.”
by: L.S. Kim / University of California, Santa Cruz
The figure of the domestic servant and the television, come together to teach Americans parenting skills.
by: Patrick J. Walsh / Universität Passau
Americans are rich and they use the Western to explain why. So said one of my students in a class on the Western at the University of Passau in southern Germany.