Transjective Media Studies and Reciprocal Determinism

Yep, that’s right — I’m being one of those academics. Engaging in neologisms to make a name for myself. But what I am working through here is an idea for a book project, and I’d love peoples’ comments to help me to do so. Redefining Media Studies A medium is a technology for the storage,…

Redefining Social Media into Social Communication

Originally I had this post connected with some thoughts I have had on media studies, but I have separated them because I think they are two different (but perhaps interconnected) projects. So this one is going to focus on redefining social media and the other one focuses on a new approach for doing media studies….

Compassionate Pedagogy for Online Teaching

In this blog post, I am collecting my thoughts as well as links to other people’s thoughts and writings about how to teach online from a perspective and position of compassion for learners. This information was originally collected on Twitter. Additionally, this notion of “compassionate pedagogy” is not limited to online teaching and learning but…

A Communication Toolbox for Communication Literacy

The following is an excerpt from my book Fractured Fandoms: Contentious Communication in Fan Communities. To read all of the information, you will need to get the book, either from a seller or your local library. [Do not cite this blog post as it is an abridged version of what appears in the book. All…

PCSJ Vol 7 Is 2: Inaugural Student Showcase

I am happy to announce that the second issue I have edited is now live and free to anyone interested in popular culture studies. More importantly, I am so proud that it features our inaugural Student Showcase, highlighting great scholarship done by undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. These students present their original…

WrestlePosium I Presentation

Earlier this year I organized, ran, and presented at the inaugural WrestlePosium open online symposium for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. My presentation concerned the work I have been doing looking at wrestling fans writing slash for the characters of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. The entire presentation can viewed here. The other presentations from…

Importance of Play to Politics

Reading Huizinga’s Homo Ludens and struck by discussion of how fundamental play is to the formation of culture and thus human civilization, as well as its relationship to politics and political life. Per Huizinga, “Now in myth and ritual the great instinctive forces of civilized life have their origin… All are rooted in the primaeval…

Frasier and the New Man

For the fifty-eighth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by friend of the podcast Kadee Whaley to discuss the classic 1990s sitcom, Frasier. In this episode, they discuss the different representations of masculinity contained seen in the series, from the New Man of the ’90s to the American…

Don’t Panic! It’s Douglas Adams!

For the fifty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by former guest, friend of the podcast, and Patreon supporter, Shane Tilton to discuss the cosmic influence of British writer Douglas Adams In this episode, they discuss Adams’ comedic background and his legacy on science fiction and fantasy…

Over 9000 with Dragon Ball Z

For the fifty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by friend of the podcast, and Patreon supporter, Dave Stanley to discuss the classic anime series, Dragon Ball Z. The trio discuss the role┬áDragon Ball Z┬áhad in helping Japanese anime and manga become more mainstream in the United States,…

Episode 59: Barbie

In a first, the fifty-ninth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast finds friend of the podcast Noelle Lynn Blood joining Christopher Olson and I to discuss the legacy of the famous fashion doll, Barbie. The episode comes out of Noelle’s interest, as a scholar and a fan, in the Mattel creation. The discussion focuses…

Overview of Media Theories

This list was created in 2008 to help both my research and some writings I did with Brenda Dervin. If you find this useful, I also suggest checking out other work I did from that time period on conceptualizing audiences. 1) THEORY NAME: Diffusion of innovation TENETS: Distribution of innovative media products into society and…

Why Is Sense-Making Methodology Methodological?

This is from a class paper I wrote for Brenda Dervin in 2006 at Ohio State University.           The most efficient and useful way I can conceive of answering this question is by exploring it in relation to my phenomenon of interest, fandom.  Fandom has been studied using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as a…