The Pop Culture Lens on Mental Health

For this special episode of The Pop Culture Lens, Christopher J. Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I address a question: are representations of mental health issues in pop culture helpful? Our answers delve into the many different mental health issues represented in television and film, from bipolar disorder and depression to mental health facilities and […]

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Virtual Interactive Television

The Virtual World Television (VWTV) project came to an end when Pooky Amsterdam and I published this article with Participations: http://www.participations.org/Volume%2014/Issue%201/5.pdf In this article, I outline my thoughts on interactive television as consisting of three types of interactivity: Access interactivity: controlling what to watch, when, where and how Social interactivity: engaging with others while watching […]

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Updating Exorcism Cinema List

A year ago, Christopher Olson and I published a book on the representation of exorcisms in cinema. Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema (November 2016) was a comprehensive analysis of films across time and culture for the common themes surrounding who was the possessed and who was the exorcist. This analysis concluded […]

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Five Modern Exorcism Films to Watch

Originally posted on Chillerpop:
source: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498519090/Possessed-Women-Haunted-States-Cultural-Tensions-in-Exorcism-Cinema October 13, 2017 – When I first stumbled onto the blog It’s Playing, But With Research, I was jealous. Jealous! With envy as green as the pea soup streaming out of Regan’s mouth! Academics Carrie Lynn D. Reinhart and Christopher Olsen not only studied exorcism cinema for a living, but they…

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Introducing the Professional Wrestling Studies Association

I am writing today to announce the formation of the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. Last spring, several wrestling studies fans and scholars met at the Central States Communication Association conference in Minneapolis to discuss the formation of an organization to promote and produce professional wrestling studies. Based on this conversation, we began drafting the plan […]

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Welcome to the Culture Wars

Note: I will update this post periodically as I see people using terms they may not understand, and appreciate anyone’s help to make certain I am properly translating, defining, and contextualizing terms. EDITED: Here is a great rundown of terms from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/politics/alt-left-alt-right-glossary.html?_r=0 Feature image comes from http://www.full-stop.net/2011/08/29/features/essays/michael-schapira/how-to-master-the-culture-wars-in-two-weeks/ which shows just how long the culture […]

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The Aviary

We passed by his aviary again, and again I marveled at the cacophony it exuded. The structure was a complex web of bamboo, trees, climbing ivies, and trellises. No where did I see a cage to hold any of the birds that, to my untrained eyes, had to be rare to this part of the […]

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