Singin’ About a Simulacrum

(From a 2007 class assignment) I can remember rather vividly when I first saw Singin’ in the Rain.  Gene Kelly had just passed away and my father was aghast that we had never seen what he considered the best musical of all time.  And while I still have favorites that supersede this musical, Singin’ in…

Television Showrunners & Their Fans: Does the Internet Make Them Friends?

Dan Harmon has been replaced as the showrunner for the NBC sitcom Community.  The replacement came on the heels of the series being given a fourth, and final, half-season order to let the show wrap-up it’s ultimate question of: will the Greendale Seven actually ever graduate from their community college?  Harmon is being replaced by two…

Virtual Worlds Television and Metanomics: Innovating or Remediating?

I’ve been using this blog to deconstruct research I’ve done that are interesting vignettes of findings, but perhaps in need of a non-traditional method of publication.  In one such paper that I’ve been deconstructing,  I’ve already discussed the Ghost Hunters live special episodes for how they incorporated online technologies as well as the virtual living rooms created…

Virtual Living Room: CBS and NBC Experiment with Interactive Television

In a previous post, I began a discussion on how American producers — professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs — are experimenting with using Internet-based distribution to promote and produce interactive television.  In that post, I highlighted the case study of the live telecast for the SyFy series Ghost Hunters.  In this post, I continue this discussion by…

Buffy and Public Discourse on Women’s Health

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended it’s television run, Joss Whedon inked a deal with Dark Horse Comics to continue the storyline in comic form.  What started with “Season 8” in 2007 has since become “Season 9”.  The current season finds Buffy in a world without magic, balancing living as a young, working gal in San Francisco…

Virtual Ghost Hunting: Ghost Hunters and Content Interactivity

With Internet-based television on the rise, we are seeing various producers experimenting with at least three types of interactivity.  The most common is access interactivity, which provides control to the television viewer over what to watch, when and where.  Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Facebook are examples of channels experimenting with this access interactivity.  Another type…

The Mainstreaming of Geekdom?

You can’t get tickets to Comic-Con that easily anymore.  Back in 2007, the passes were already being sold at a record rate.  It’s accelerated since then.  My boyfriend and I were thinking about going this year, but everything is sold out.  So until we can find a new time to get there, I’ve been reflecting…

The Story of The Dark Knight and Its Brethren

Back in the spring of 2007, like other Batman fans who loved Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, I was eagerly awaiting his follow-up, The Dark Knight. When the “I Believe in Harvey Dent” website went live in May, I was there with others. However, not long after the original website went live, some digitally scrawled graffiti…