Archive for December, 2005
by: Daniel Marcus / Goucher College
Several dramatic series have gained popularity and success through the process of being stripped for syndication. Stripping what was originally a weekly show offers viewers a different experience, allowing them to watch a new episode every day.
by: Toby Miller / University of California, Riverside
Why intellectuals don’t appear very often on U.S. news.
by: Jason Mittell / Middlebury College
What can the cancellation of Arrested Development tell us about the present and future state of the television industry?
by: Tara McPherson / University of Southern California
A look at academia’s slow adoption of new technologies for its own work.
by: Moya Luckett / New York University
The Girls Next Door plays with significant ideological contradictions as it tries to address the prevailing popularity of the Playboy bunny image with a new generation of women while trying to remove any taint of sexual exploitation from its girls.
by: Christine Becker / University of Notre Dame
HDTV and the future of television — what are the possibilities?
by: Mark Andrejevic / University of Iowa
The voyeurism and surveillance of MTV’s One Bad Trip become inverted after the first season, leaving audiences to wonder; who’s watching, and who’s performing?
by: Jim McGuigan / Loughborough University, UK
Jim McGuigan examines why the ubiquitous presence of football chatter in the UK is a crucial source of pleasurable release.
by: John McMurria / DePaul University
As Internet companies move towards increasing video content they have begun to look to television as a model. What lessons can be learned from the history of broadcast as Internet/TV convergence gains momentum? In 4 case studies of Internet/TV convergence, the issues of access, fair use and public initiatives are explored and critiqued.
by: Jonathan Gray / Fordham University
It is now possible to discover upcoming plot twists in your favorite television series with a little internet research. How does the proliferation of “spoilers” in online fan communities change the way we understand television spectatorship?
by: Dan Leopard / St. Mary’s College of California
In the second part in his discussion of screens in our daily lives, Leopard considers the implicit training and conditioning of ICT’s virtual and miltary-funded Flatworld Project.
by: Walter Metz / University of Montana-Bozeman
The relentless pressure to be taken seriously must not prevent TV scholars from admitting that on occasion, like the average viewers, they do slack in front of the tube. Metz watches “Poker TV” or even the Simpson’s just for their saccharine appeals and for relaxation purposes.