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Pop Culture Lens Episode 10: Mad Max (1979)

In the latest episode of our podcast, Christoper and I welcome two of our friends, and friends of the podcast, Joe Belfeuil and Clelia Sweeney, to discuss George Miller’s feature … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Men Watching Sex and the City, My Little Pony, and Oklahoma

The most recent issue of Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies contains an article I wrote based on the study I conducted for my dissertation. I wrote this article … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pop Culture Lens: Episode on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Fandom

On a special episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I discuss a subject that has been one we have debated numerous times in our private lives … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 37 Comments

Online Learning Communities with a Catholic Flair

For a year now, I have been working through some ideas on how to ensure that a Catholic higher education institution, such as my own, maintains its Catholic identity when … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pop Culture Lens Episode 8: The Last Temptation of Christ

In the eighth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I celebrate the Easter Sunday holiday by discussing the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Being a fan can mean many different things to many different people. It may mean a person likes to collect memorabilia for a favorite sports team. It may mean a … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pop Culture Lens Episode 7: Godzilla (1954)

In the seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by Joe Belfeuil, of the blog Things That Should Not B, to discuss … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stigmata: Viewing the Church as Bad Guy

A long time ago, in what seems like a much different life, I had a huge crush on Gabriel Byrne. I am not exactly proud of that, but he was … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Time in a Hollywood Agency

Originally posted on Communication Arts and Sciences:
I graduated from college in May 2000 with a degree in psychology and a degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin…

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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