For the 2016 Midwest PCA/ACA conference, I presented a paper on my fractured fandom project titled "'Power is an allusion': Referencing power as causing fractures in fandom and fan communities." What follows is that presentation. Nina (a pseudonym), a 16-year-old high school student in Connecticut, pondered on the following situation: “Why are people so cruel? Why … Continue reading Power as Causing Fractured Fandoms
Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I have been working on our concept of the networked gender, building off the concept of the networked self to understand the co-constructive nature of gender identity. We will be publishing a piece on using this concept to look at BMO in Adventure Time, and this represents our … Continue reading Gendering Hatsune Miku
Midwest PCA/ACA 2017 Area: Wrestling Studies Area Co-Chairs: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson The 2017 Midwest PCA/ACA conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22. Call: Past, Present and Future of Professional Wrestling Since this is the inaugural conference for this new area, the Wrestling … Continue reading Wrestling Studies MPCA/ACA 2017 CFP
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 … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who
In the thirty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, and unofficial third host, Joe Belfeuil to discuss the influential horror film that is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). https://ThePopCultureLens.podbean.com/mf/web/93ft23/Ep35_The_Thing.mp3 In this episode, the three discuss how the narrative and craft of the film has inspired … Continue reading Carpenter’s The Thing and Politics of Paranoia
In this brief essay, I want to share an idea I have had about how the concept of audience interaction helps to define sports entertainment as existing at the intersection of sports and entertainment. Audience interaction with content (what I have written about here as content interactivity) is the idea that the audience member (either … Continue reading Fourth Wall and Professional Wrestling
Hits the nail on the head. We academics have to learn to be better toward one another. We cannot allow scholars to be perceived as these assholes, intend on tearing other people down just to make themselves look good. In developing knowledge, there should be no room for individual egos that could derail the advancement of humanity. Peer reviewers, commenters at conferences, P&T reviewing — we have to remember that we are each trying our best and do what we can to help scholars and scientists grow and become better, so that everyone can prosper in the long run.
Two of my favourite people in the academic world are my friends Rachael Pitt (aka @thefellowette) and Nigel Palmer. Whenever we have a catch up, which is sadly rare, we have a fine old time talking shop over beer and chips (well lemonade in my case, but you get the picture).
Some time ago ago Rachael started calling us ‘The B Team’ because we were all appointed on a level B in the Australian university pay-scale system (academic Level B is not quite
shit kicker entry level academia – that’s level A just in case you were wondering – but it’s pretty close). I always go home feeling a warm glow of collegiality after a B team talk, convinced that being an academic is the best job in the entire world. Rachael reckons that this positive glow is a result of the
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