The Pop Culture Lens on Avatar: The Last Airbender

In the twenty-sixth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast and return guest, Aaron Kashtan, to discuss the immensely popular hit from the early 21st century, Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008). In this episode – which at times features poor audio due to issues with Skype, … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens on Avatar: The Last Airbender

This Jedi’s Reaction to The Force Awakens: An Autoethnography in Fractured Fandom

I didn't go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens when it was released in theaters. I couldn't bring myself to. And this is coming from someone who saw -- willingly and enthusiastically -- each of the prequels in midnight openings. I saw Phantom Menace numerous times in the theater -- even while doing an internship … Continue reading This Jedi’s Reaction to The Force Awakens: An Autoethnography in Fractured Fandom

The Pop Culture Lens Episode 11: Captain Midnight

In the eleventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast Blair Davis of DePaul University to discuss a pulp hero from the radio era, Captain Midnight. Captain Midnight began as a radio serial in 1938 (which you can listen to here), at the dawn of the … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens Episode 11: Captain Midnight

Pop Culture Lens Podcast: The X-Files

In the sixth episode of our ongoing podcast, The Pop Culture Lens, Christopher Olson and I discuss my favorite television series of all time, The X-Files. I was a huge, huge, huge fan of this series; I can still recall sitting there when the show premiered, on that magical Friday night back in 1993, with … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens Podcast: The X-Files

My Philosophy of Media Reception Studies

Along with my thoughts on the encoding-decoding-recoding model, what follows comes from my dissertation on gendered media engagings and describes how I consider the fundamental elements of media reception and audience studies. What are media products?       Media products are the technologies, channels and contents that constitute our understanding of what is ‘the media’. They are … Continue reading My Philosophy of Media Reception Studies

Comics Adaptations Causing Fractured Fandom

We are now full swing into the summer blockbuster season for Hollywood, and let's take a tally of movies that are currently out or soon to arrive that originate from the pages of comic books.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Hercules.  Guardians of the Galaxy.  Teenage … Continue reading Comics Adaptations Causing Fractured Fandom

Considering Adaptation Theories in the Globalized 21st Century

Christopher Olson considers just how much adaption theories, and the need for fidelity, matter when you are adapting material from one culture to another in Considering Adaptation Theories in the Globalized 21st Century. via Considering Adaptation Theories in the Globalized 21st Century.