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An Academic's Sojourn Through Communication

Ghost Whisperer’s Ghost in the Machine

This essay was originally posted as part of my work for the Virtual Worlds Research Group at Roskilde University. This essay reflects my interest in how pop culture represents new … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Unborn: Exorcism, the Holocaust, and Twins

Comic book fans will undoubtedly recognize the name David S. Goyer. For better or worse, he has become synonymous with Warner Brothers’ cinematic adaptations of their DC  Comics titles. Although … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fractured Fandom and Contemporary Issues in Fan Communities

Today I launch an online survey to gather people’s anonymous and confidential stories of their experiences dealing with other fans. This survey is part of my ongoing research into the … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pop Culture Lens Podcast Episode 4: Bewitched (1964-1972)

Our fourth episode for the Pop Culture Lens podcast is up, in which we are joined by friend of the podcast Megan Stemm-Wade to discuss the importance of the American … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Metaphors for making sense of virtual worlds

The following paper comes from a presentation given at ECREA in 2010 and at NCA in 2011 (the version of which can be found here on the blog). I submitted … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Categorizing Fractured Fandom

Defining Fractured Fandom According to the discipline of fan studies, at this point in history, being a fan is considered a positive for any individual. Being a fan helps people … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pop Culture Lens Episode 3: Carnival of Souls

Welcome to 2015, the year of Back to the Future II! And to start off the new year, The Pop Culture Lens podcast presents a new episode that takes us … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hobbit International Research Project

Are you a Tolkien fan? Did you enjoy the Lord of the Rings films? What do you think of The Hobbit films? Join in with thousands of others and share … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Pop Culture Lens Episode 2: Freaks (1932)

The second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast is up and live! In the second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wrestlers’ Nipples

In the United States, women’s nipples are not allowed to be seen in the media. These natural, life-sustaining features are deemed inappropriate — even to the point where pictures of … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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