Pop Culture Lens on Hello Kitty

In the thirty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast Norma Jones to discuss the venerable pop culture brand that is Hello Kitty. In this episode, Norma and I position Hello Kitty not only as a pop icon but as a heroic … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on Hello Kitty

Pop Culture Lens on Robots, Anthropomorphism, and Ethics

In this video, part of the new YouTube Channel for The Pop Culture Lens, you will hear an excerpt from a lecture I gave on robots. In this excerpt, I discuss the nature of robots and how it intersects with the concept of anthropomorphism. I make the argument for why such anthropomorphism, and zoomorphism, occurs, … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on Robots, Anthropomorphism, and Ethics

The Pop Cultures Lens on Sherlock

In the thirty-first episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, and Sherlockian, Malynnda Johnson to discuss the indelible nature of famous British detective, Sherlock Holmes. In this episode, Malynnda shares her extensive fan-based knowledge of the classic private investigator as the conversation considers the influence Sir … Continue reading The Pop Cultures Lens on Sherlock

Identification with Favorite Media Personae

I presented this study at my first International Communication Association conference in May 2005. It was the first major study I did by myself in graduate school. I remember making these slides to show on a projector -- there was no PowerPoint! I should probably revisit it.  Identification with Favorite Media Personae: A phenomenologically-informed conceptualization of … Continue reading Identification with Favorite Media Personae

Thoughts on Sex in FanFic

Written in October of 2005... I started researching fan fiction, the creation of stories centered on characters or storylines of preexisting media texts, after I came upon a website for such creators and consumers.  Recently one particular phenomenon has attracted my attention: heterosexual relationships wherein a character, depicted in her "home-text" as a strong, independent, … Continue reading Thoughts on Sex in FanFic

Convergent Wrestling: Call for Chapters

Official Call for Chapter Proposals Title: Colliding Inside the Squared Circle: The Convergent Nature of Professional Wrestling Editors: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Dominican University) & Christopher J. Olson (Dominican University) Purpose: The concept of convergence represents one of the most pervasive buzzwords in media studies, but with good reason. In essence, convergence concerns how the boundaries … Continue reading Convergent Wrestling: Call for Chapters

On the Issues of Disagreement Becoming Censorship

The conversation I had one night and into the next morning with the GamerGate supporter (i.e. a ProGGer) was long. It started off with my comments on Twitter about the need to not censor texts and instead use them to create dialogue. But the problem is that people too often don't want to talk about … Continue reading On the Issues of Disagreement Becoming Censorship