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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

Feminist Tensions in The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part 2

At the Midwest Popular Culture Association‘s 2014 conference, Chris and I presented the first analysis from our exorcism cinema project. The presentation is titled: Feminist tensions in exorcism cinema: Case … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Encoding-Decoding-Recoding Model of Media Studies

This blog posts continues the dissection of my dissertation that I began by introducing the topic of gendered media engagings earlier this year. This post focuses on a model I … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Adventure Time, BMO and the Networked Self

Chris Olson wrote this initial take on the representation of BMO in the cartoon series Adventure Time for a class paper.  In the paper he argues that BMO\’s representation in the series … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Men and Their Engagements with Stereotypically Feminine Media Products

The following is an excerpt from the paper I will be presenting at the 2014 Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This paper presents a new analysis from … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

This is the third part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  The second part was on defining gender. Why studying gendered media engagings … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 2): Defining Gender

This is the second part of my dissertation’s first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  Theoretical constructions of gender In order to properly begin a discussion … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 1): Defining Gendered Media Engagings

The following is how I began my dissertation, “Gendered media engagings as user agency mediations with sociocultural and media structures: A Sense-Making Methodology study of the situationality of gender divergences … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 8 Comments

Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Female Sexuality in Spirited Away, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Coraline

Christopher J. Olson presents his MPCA 2013 Conference talk on the portrayals of girls exploring their emergent sexuality in the coming-of-age stories Spirited Away, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Coraline.  The films’ depictions … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Digital game players’ preferences: Analysis of situation and gender

(The literature review for this paper can be found in this previous post.) Study overview As indicated above, our purpose for this study was to enter the literature on gender … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

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