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 … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens on Doctor Who

Carpenter’s The Thing and Politics of Paranoia

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

Fourth Wall and Professional Wrestling

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

Academic Assholes and the Circle of Niceness

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.

SAS Confidential

Author: Inger Mewburn
Original: The Thesis Whisperer


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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The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Joss Whedon

On this eighteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens, we present the recording of a second roundtable discussion from the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. This roundtable discusses the topic of director and showrunner Joss Whedon -- and how much of a controversial figure and person he is for so many people, including his … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Joss Whedon

The Pop Culture Lens: Fan Harassment

I have been talking about this idea of fractured fandom on this blog for awhile now, because I have been concerned with the problems and tensions fans are facing in contemporary fan communities and fandoms. Across the Internet and around the world, it seems that hardly a day goes by without another story, another anecdote, … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens: Fan Harassment

Advice for Children on Social Media

My first piece of advice is to focus on teaching your children how to be respectful when they communicate and engage with people, online but also in person. This means being aware of not just what you are saying but how you are saying it, and that how is immensely important in social media with … Continue reading Advice for Children on Social Media