Echo Chambers and Fandom

Okay, first, let’s talk about echo chambers. You may have heard this term, especially since the 2016 presidential election. In media studies, an echo chamber is a community, usually one that is online, where the members of that community all have the same interests, values, and beliefs. This group of like-minded individuals talk with one … Continue reading Echo Chambers and Fandom

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). 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

The Dangerous Ideology of Trump

Tom Brokaw, with his years of experience and expertise, had this wise words to say about the ideas of presidential candidate Donald Trump. And I want to take a moment to address something as a communication scholar and as a human being. First, as a communication scholar trying to teach people to become better … Continue reading The Dangerous Ideology of Trump