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A Social Reality: Teens’ and ‘Tweens’ New Fixation on Fame

There is a lot of recent discourse surrounding a perceived rise in narcissism among young Americans, including a marked decline in empathy.  Much of this discourse focuses on how narcissism is expressed within the social media space. A timely example: … Continue reading

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Do Video Games Need Their Own Bechdel Test?

What kind of gamer are you? To me, “you are what you play.” I identify myself as a feminist gamer, so I choose games that don’t insult me as a woman. This is a relatively simple concept which unfortunately seems … Continue reading

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Obama’s Dream Date and More: The Double-edged Sword of Soft News

On September 25, Jon Stewart criticized President Obama for appearing on entertainment talk show The View the same week of the United Nations General Assembly, where he did not plan on meeting individually with any world leaders in town for … Continue reading

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How Do We Explain Fandom?

Fans have created and interacted together in self-contained bubbles for many years, discreetly taking sick days from work to attend conventions and—after the explosion of the Internet—clocking in countless hours chatting in online forums. Recently, however, fandoms have become a … Continue reading

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A Culture of Corruption: Murdoch, the Press, and the Police

In this podcast, Roxana Elliott and Joshua Weaver speak to Michael Elliott, former International Editor of Time Magazine, about the pattern of ongoing corruption in the British press industry, and the seemingly unbreakable ties between the British police and press.

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Continental Comparisons: How Well Did We Really Fare in 2011?

On the evening of January 24th, 2012, as millions of Americans were glued to their television screens watching President Obama’s third State of the Union, another topic was on the mind of citizens in the Middle East: the one-year anniversary … Continue reading

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The Hodgepodge of Communication

The intricate nature of media consumption and communication is a characteristic not necessarily caused by on today’s hyper-mediated world. Rather, it is a product of media and communication phenomena indigenous to the very act of communication. As communication and media … Continue reading

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A Return to Partisan Press?

Although the “Partisan Press” era, during which newspapers were controlled by individuals or organizations who could advance their own agendas and views, was prominent over 200 years ago, the media landscape of today still reflects the nature of that era, … Continue reading

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Why the X Factor is enlightened…

Surprisingly, the concept behind the X-Factor, a show rarely acknowledged for its enlightening qualities, is not too different from the idea behind the Enlightenment. How can that be, you ask? Well, let’s start with the Enlightenment: a name frequently used … Continue reading

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When Rich Meets Reality – Depicting the Benefaction of the Wealthy

In such a hyper-mediated society, it’s only fitting that watching television is one of America’s favorite and most time-consuming activities. The middle-class American family is a historic character of the small screen, immortalized in such classics as All in the Family and The Simpsons – reassuring the most robust, yet simultaneously fragile social class during bouts of racial strife and economic turmoil.  Yet, as wealth disparities grow and the middle class suffers, television offers a new type of reassurance – one that proclaims that rich people are just like us.

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