Ravynn K. Stringfield discusses the implications of racebending in superhero narratives, especially in relation to Black women and misogynoir.Read more
Wanting a Latina Sophie: Bridgerton and the Desire for Problematic Representation
NIna Linhales Barker / University of Texas at Austin
Nina Linhales Barker discusses the complications of Latina fans wanting to see themselves represented in Netflix’s Bridgerton.
The Branded Video Essay: How Streaming Services Use Media Criticism as Promotion
Tara Coughlin / University of Texas at Austin
Tara Coughlin examines the usefulness of the creative labor of video essayists to streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix.
My Hair Journey and the Black Women That Made It Possible
Sidney Garner / University of Texas at Austin
Sidney Garner reminisces on her hair care journey as a Black woman through Dr. Aria Halliday’s concept of Black women cultural producers in her recently published book “Buy Black.”
Still Watching Netflix and the Cross-Platform Ecosystem of Streaming Media
Katie Hoovestol / University of Texas at Austin
Katie Hoovestol examines Netflix’s branded YouTube account Still Watching Netflix as an extension of Netflix’s cross-platform ecosystem.
Speculative Affect: Streaming Television’s Solution to Late-Stage Capitalism
Peter Arne Johnson / University of Texas At Austin
Peter Arne Johnson theorizes how pure play streaming services like Netflix have discursively deployed audience affect and speculation to inflate their market valuations.
“I Am So Thankful for My Time at Peloton”: Self-Branding on LinkedIn
Emily McTiernan / University of Texas at Austin
Emily McTiernan discusses how laid-off Peloton workers used LinkedIn to self-brand and gain employment.
KOREAN WEBTOONS AS AN ORIGINAL SOURCE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR K-DRAMAS
HYUN-JUNG STEPHANY NOH / University of Texas at Austin
Hyun-jung Stephany Noh explores the inter-industrial relationship between Korean local webtoons and K-dramas amidst the growing demand for K-drama production in the SVOD era.
Left Behind: Discourses of Legitimation and MTV’s Scream: The TV Series
Hannah Wold / University of Texas at Austin
Hannah Wold traces some of the ways in which the horror text Scream: The TV Series received reviews that precluded it from the distinction granted to the Scream film franchise, indicating that its intended audience and the MTV brand ensured that it was left behind in discourses of quality.
Over*FLow: “It’s not dark humor if it’s not your trauma – you’re just bad people”: The exploitative nature of TikTok meme cultures
Moa Eriksson Krutrök / UmeA University, Sweden
Moa Eriksson Krutrök explores the ways social media like TikTok can offer individuals social support to process grief and trauma. Unfortunately, meme culture can radically recontextualize the personal and exploit already vulnerable people.Read more
Technical Failures as Symptoms of Social Success on Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party
Kara Carmack / The University of Texas at Austin
Kara Carmack historicizes the counterhegemonic technical failures on Glenn O’Brien’s public access TV Party.Read more
James Fenwick explores Hollywood film history through archival research of the industry’s unmade films.Read more
Traces of Failure in Skateboarding Videos
Sander Hölsgens / Leiden University and Paul O’Connor / University of Exeter
Sander Hölsgens and Paul O’Connor locate the persistent presence of failure within the evolution of skateboarding videos.Read more
Born into Failure: Disrupting Narratives of the WNBA Through Remembrance of the abl
Dafna Kaufman / University of North carolina at Chapel Hill
Dafna Kaufman explores media representation of the American Basketball League, positing it was born into failure well before the creation of the WNBA.Read more
The Fate of Mobile Video Shorts on Quibi and Kakao TV
Jennifer M. Kang / Queensland University of Technology
Jennifer M. Kang compares Quibi and Kakao TV to reconsider notions of failure on mobile streaming platforms.Read more
A Market Failure or Successful Social Experiment: Re-Examining the Chinese Adaptation of Dutch Reality TV Utopia
Lisa lin / Anglia Ruskin University
Lisa Lin considers how programs that were deemed to be market failures can be viewed through different lenses of success.Read more
So bad it’s good: the consumption of critically panned media as a form of distinction
Ruben vandenplas / vrije universiteit brussel
Ruben Vandenplas tackles highbrow and lowbrow cultural tastes, arguing that a user’s media repertoire is deserving of a quantitative-qualitative study.Read more
Failing to Win: Mandatory Failure in Getting Over It
Isabelle Williams / University of California, irvine
Isabelle Williams grapples with the manifestation of failure in the video game Getting Over It by dissecting movement of the player’s body in several key moments of the game.Read more
Nicole Erin Morse challenges the common understanding of Magic Mike (2012) and Magic Mike XXL (2015) as films that construct a female gaze by examining how the films establish a male homosocial gaze.Read more
Logged in to You: Negotiating Algorithmic Address in Streaming Women’s Television
Cara Dickason / Northwestern University
Cara Dickason explores the relationship between women’s television and streaming services through the Netflix series, You.Read more