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Doctor Who Theme Week @ In Media Res

Chris Olson and I kick off the In Media Res theme week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.  This piece, with a wonderful video produced by Chris, is based … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

“I AM the Doctor.”: The Historical Trajectory of Doctor Who

“I AM the Doctor.”: Polysemic rhetorical flexibility and non-traditional audience reception in Doctor Who By Christopher J. Olson, DePaul University & CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, Dominican University This paper was presented at … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Equestria Girls: Displeasure Among Bronies

It was quite a busy day yesterday on the My Little Pony Facebook page.  Hasbro announced the release date for the Equestria Girls movie (on DVD this Tuesday!  which makes it the widest release!) … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 7 Comments

Hollywood Dialogue

Dialogue may be considered to be a session of give-and-take that occurs with relatively short turnaround time — one person speaks, then the other person responds, leading to the first … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Corporations Ploy to Educate Online Pirates

I wrote this week’s Dr. Geek piece for Clearance Bin Review on the recent implementation by the big five ISPs in the United States — AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Cablevision and … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

CBS, Hawaii Five-O and Content Interactivity

CBS is no newcomer when it comes to experimenting with giving their audience a more interactive experience with their television programming.  As I’ve discussed elsewhere on this blog, the television … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

3D Printing: The end of consumerism?

We’ve been contemplating acquiring a 3D printer at my university for pedagogical and research purposes.  As part of this contemplation, I have had to learn more about the technology and … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

Whose Voices?: The elite versus the public in the game of merger mania

(I wrote this back in 1999, as part of my consternation about the rise of media mergers after the 1996 Telecommunications Act.  Unfortunately, such consternation has not abated: in fact, … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Singin’ About a Simulacrum

(From a 2007 class assignment) I can remember rather vividly when I first saw Singin’ in the Rain.  Gene Kelly had just passed away and my father was aghast that … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Television Showrunners & Their Fans: Does the Internet Make Them Friends?

Dan Harmon has been replaced as the showrunner for the NBC sitcom Community.  The replacement came on the heels of the series being given a fourth, and final, half-season order to … Continue reading

May 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

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