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Animated Television: A Boys’ Club?

Why are cartoon producers driving female viewers away from their shows?

Incarceration: The Guided Tour

In the age of Orange is the New Black, prison tourism stands to redefine the ethical tourist.

“The Briefcase”: Is Awareness Enough?

For "altruism porn" shows like "The Briefcase," is raising awareness justification enough?

The Deterioration of TV News

This Guest Author post by Dr. Jeff McCall was originally published in The Indy Star on April 24, 2015. NBC’s high-profile anchor, Brian Williams, has...

Cultural Appropriation in Entertainment

Cultural appropriation is when a dominant group adapts the customs of a minority group and tries to trademark them as their own in an...

Review: Jupiter Ascending is Ridiculous yet Thought-Provoking

Though overwhelmingly panned in reviews (a critic from The Observer called it "utter nonsense"), Jupiter Rising was a remarkably thought-provoking film. For all of its excess, it raised...

Let’s Talk About…50 Shades of Grey (Part I)

50 Shades has swept audiences off their feet, selling 100 million copies worldwide, and making $237.7 million in its global opening in theaters. In...

An Unhealthy Obsession: Pugs and the Demand for Cuteness

Among my friends, I would be one of the first to readily admit one thing: I love dogs. Pugs, specifically. My personal allegiance to...
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‘Like a Girl:’ A cultural context

We have all heard it before: the kid out on the baseball field shouts, “you hit like a girl.” Adults do it too. In...
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Three Reasons I’m Excited for Reparation

I want to tell you why I'm excited for the new film, Reparation. Before you hear my reasons, you might want to watch the...