Analyzing Trump’s 2018 SOTU

Back in 2013, I analyzed President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address after the contentious 2012 election campaign. I copied the transcript for his address and ran it through a word cloud generator (at the time, Wordle) to see what words he used more, and thus what ideas he emphasized in his speech. In […]

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Pop Culture Lens on A Christmas Carol

In the fourtieth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I present a special episode for the 2017 holiday season by discussing the morality of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this episode, the co-hosts discussed how Dickens utilized a ghost story framework to relay a very relatable character in the […]

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Twitter Dialogues

I just learned that Storify is going away in May 2018, and I had been using the platform to store tweets for my Fractured Fandom project, such as this list that helped me curate stories for my research: Stories of and Thoughts on Fractured Fandom As part of this process, I also engaged in various […]

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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: 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: 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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