Not all Urban Legends are Just Stories

Have you ever wondered about the stories and myths we hear all around us? The ones told to us as children or the ones that are spoken only in whispers. “If you see your doppelganger it’s a bad omen” , did you ever wonder about where the phrase “skeletons in the closet”  comes from? Well Just a […]

A New World for Reality TV

In 2007, the WGA went on strike against the AMPTP to protest a lack of pay and compensation for Internet-produced work. Because the writers were not working, many distributors turned to reality television as a substitute for scripted shows. These proved to be highly successful, as seen with Survivor. While reality television proved to be a […]

Escaping Dilbert Syndrome: or, No Freelancing Woman Is an Island

Office humor is a genre in itself — closely related to Dad Jokes, but a little more routine. We see it in Office Space, The Office (both British and American), Dilbert, and in about 50% of cartoons from The New Yorker. It’s what many people who were consuming popular culture could relate to. This sense of camaraderie pervades every […]

“Far Away, But Virtually Near”

It’s hard to believe that there once was a time when just film, television, and radio were the sources uniting countries together. American films could dominate in another country, signifying that the trends popular in America were now being shared and introduced with an entirely different culture. For example, as Lane Crothers shares in his […]

Understanding the Sociality of Personal Information Spaces

Often our generation, and the ones following it are commonly shamed for our attachment to our technology and the internet. But can you blame us? Everything we need is at our fingertips. By that, I don’t just mean a phone call, e-mail, photographs, and texting. I mean everything! Technology caters to our wants and desires […]

Work It Out: Company Culture and the Construction of Entertainment Empires

In her book, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, Jennifer Holt discusses the development of broadcasting networks and cable in the modern age, specifically focusing on the process of deregulation. Beginning with the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1969, the elimination of regulatory rules that limited entertainment companies’ ability to integrate […]

Participatory Culture: A Population of Multipliers

Henry Jenkins explores the value of participatory culture in this week’s reading, Spreadable Media. With network television at a complex crossroads at the moment, audiences are seeking entertainment from a variety of platforms.