Channel Surfing

August 2010

Consumerism and the Fan: A LOST Case Study

Just as LOST established a new baseline for television creativity and found new ways equally to mesmerize and frustrate viewers, so did the LOST auction set a new standard for television-based consumerism.


LOST in Memorabilia

The LOST auction, August 21-22, may be the ultimate TV auction, and participating fans get a chance to make TV history as well as take a piece of it home.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Fridays

If you want to know what's new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Thursdays

If you want to know what's new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Wednesdays

If you want to know what's new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Mondays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.


Patience, Young Jedi: Appreciating the Art of the (Slow) Moment on ‘Mad Men’

Paraphrasing Chekov, that gun in the first act has to go off by the third. Your patience while watching the stories in Mad Men unfold will pay off.


Prophylactic Television: MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom’

MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant walk a fine line with their audience; both programs are honest and interested in telling a sympathetic story about what life is like as a teen mom while also telling viewers, “your life doesn’t have to end up like this.” The lesson is invaluable, but for the kids to really be all right, should MTV do more?


Anatomy of a Joke: ‘The Office’, “Fun Run”

The flipside to the comedic realism of The Office is the sometimes shocking vulnerability of its characters.


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//Mixed media
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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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