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Aziz Ansari Reverses Gender Roles in ‘Master of None’

Master of None was made for millennial men who can relate to Dev’s relationship struggles.

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Ready to Soar! ‘Ready for This’ Offers New Stories of Aboriginal Australia

This new teen drama provides authentic and nuanced stories that don’t shy away from the uglier issues of racism and colonialism in Australian society.

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Land of Soap and Glory: An Ode to British TV

If you type the word “doctor” in the Wikipedia search box, “Doctor Who” appears ahead of “doctorate”. Now that’s cultural relevance for you.

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Is Literary Adaptation Better on Film or on Television?

Literary adaptations have been a cinematic staple for more than 100 years, but does TV offer the better format?

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Slavoj Zizek and Black America: Zizek Visits the ‘Tavis Smiley Show’

When you make jokes about black culture, the wrong people laugh at the wrong times for the wrong reasons. Slavoj Zizek tells Tavis Smiley why... sort of.

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3 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM

Pro-Apocalyptic, or, Why We’re Bored With the Post-Apocalyptic

The continued appeal of post-apocalyptic entertainment reflects our culture’s exhaustion with the genre’s historically prophetic (and moralistic) warnings about exploitation, materialism, and consumerism.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Look! A Zombie! Race and Passing in ‘iZombie’

iZombie’s “passing” narrative complicates its broader racial politics.

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Why CW’s ‘The 100’ Is a Feminist Dream, Except for When It’s Not

The 100 gets a lot right (and some significant things wrong) in its examination of a post-nuclear society.

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“It sort of evolved”: An Interview with Unplanned America’s Pawel “Parv” Jarecki

Parv Jarecki explains how a dodgy car, no money, and a surprising amount of helpful strangers allowed three friends to create a rich series exploring America’s subcultures.

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Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.

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“It Can’t Just Be Killing All the Time”: Josh McDermitt of ‘The Walking Dead’

Josh McDermitt of The Walking Dead talks with PopMatters about his character Eugene, intense fan responses, and how to stay alive on AMC's hit series, now entering its sixth season.

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Conspiracy Theories and Unlimited Info: The Fall Season’s New Crop of Literal Know-It-Alls

What does the recent upswing in series with information-overloaded protagonists say about our cultural and social concerns?

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Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

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‘No God But Funny’ and ‘Earth Angel’ Are Preaching to the Choir

It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.

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In France They Kiss on Netflix

What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘Mr. Robot’ Is the Only Show for the Here and Now

After just a single season Mr.Robot has established itself as the show most in touch with the new wave of television drama.

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Fighting the Battles of ‘Jericho’, the Show That Came Tumbling Down

Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.

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Beyond Dramatic Irony: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and the Nature of the Prequel

What happens when we don't just know something the character doesn't, we actually know how their world will end?

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Dante and Don: The Word Made Flesh and the Word Made Cash

Separated by 750 years, the dualities of both Dante and Don Draper share a resonance that transcends time.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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