Pop Culture Lens on Hello Kitty

In the thirty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast Norma Jones to discuss the venerable pop culture brand that is Hello Kitty. In this episode, Norma and I position Hello Kitty not only as a pop icon but as a heroic … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on Hello Kitty

Pop Culture Lens Episode 7: Godzilla (1954)

In the seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by Joe Belfeuil, of the blog Things That Should Not B, to discuss the classic science fiction film, Godzilla (1954). The discussion compares the original Japanese film with the American adaptation/appropriation that came out in 1956, Godzilla, King … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens Episode 7: Godzilla (1954)

Oldboy: A case study in intercultural adaptation theory

Christopher J. Olson makes a compelling argument for how adaptation theory needs to take into account different cultural contexts when texts are adapted from one culture into another. His analysis of the three primary versions of the Oldboy text serve to illustrate his call for an intercultural adaptation theory. Read all about it in: Oldboy: … Continue reading Oldboy: A case study in intercultural adaptation theory

A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema

In this latest blog post, A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema, Christopher Olson discusses how being the only nation to suffer from an atomic attack impacted Japan's national cinema and identity. From Godzilla to Akira, and even non-science fiction stories, the cinema shows that the fallout from Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to impact Japan, … Continue reading A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema