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 […]

Read More The Pop Culture Lens on Mental Health

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 […]

Read More Virtual Interactive Television

Virtual World Television as Interactive Television Published

The work that Pooky Amsterdam and I have done on virtual world television has come to a close with the publication of the project’s second journal article in the latest issue of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. The article is titled “A Community of Televised Avatars: Interactivities in virtual world television promoting and acknowledging […]

Read More Virtual World Television as Interactive Television Published

Pop Culture Lens on Transformers

  In the thirty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast Jef Burnham of CadaverCast to discuss the classic toy line, Transformers. In this episode, the three recall with fondness how these toys impacted their lives, but in doing so, they also focus on the relationship between […]

Read More Pop Culture Lens on Transformers

The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who

In the thirty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, Paul Booth of DePaul University, to discuss the venerable British science fiction series, Doctor Who. In this episode, the three discuss what has led to the longevity of the series, which started in 1963. This discussion […]

Read More The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who