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Preliminary Marxist Critique of Superheroes

[What follows is from a class assignment for a critical theory course I took in graduate school.  It’s in idea I’ve been mulling over for awhile.  It is not a … Continue reading

February 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

Fear the Virtual World?

I must make a confession up front: I would never have watched The Ghost Whisperer if it was not for my involvement with the Virtual Worlds Research Project at Roskilde … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Learning to Slash

Ever hear of slash? When I went to graduate school, I was not aware of slash.  But I came to learn about it, be fascinated by it, and even did … Continue reading

February 22, 2011 · 8 Comments

Clinical Therapy with Buster Keaton

Well, no, not really. I never met the man, the genius, the one of four comedians who can be considered the founding fathers of American comedy films. But I did … Continue reading

February 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

A Night with Cinematic Titanic

Before DVDs existed and brought us the director commentary track, this group of men and women were providing an alternative audio track to movies that perhaps didn’t even deserve to … Continue reading

February 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Shadow: The Place for the Crimefighter in American Life

Back in 1997, I was a freshman in college, at the venerable University of Wisconsin at Madison. I went into college pre-med — I had even attended a surgery during … Continue reading

February 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Story of The Dark Knight and Its Brethren

Back in the spring of 2007, like other Batman fans who loved Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, I was eagerly awaiting his follow-up, The Dark Knight. When the “I Believe in … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Hybrid virtual worlds

When I started with the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University in Denmark back in the fall of 2008, the project had just begun producing its public blog on … Continue reading

February 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Superheroes Around the World

Last fall, I was invited to talk at a science fiction convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, called Fantasticon.  My friend helped to organize the convention, and he knew I had spoken … Continue reading

February 15, 2011 · 3 Comments

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